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The Fifth Witness: The Lincoln Lawyer’s caught between truth and justice

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Things are not going Mickey Haller’s way.

The popular Los Angeles criminal attorney from Michael Connelly’s “Lincoln Lawyer” series has been forced to expand his practice to include representing homeowners facing foreclosure.

With times being what they are, Haller is spending a lot more time practicing law from the back seat of his custom-made Lincoln Continental.

In “The Fifth Witness,” Connelly’s fourth book in the series, Lisa Trammel, one of Haller’s foreclosure clients has been arrested for murdering her mortgage broker.

It doesn’t look good for Trammel, who is a tightly wound single mom going through an ugly divorce while trying to keep a roof over her young son’s head.

She spins wild tales of crooked   lenders who have invisible ties to the mob. She also believes her banker was caught in a deadly Mafia double-cross.

And, she has hired another attorney to handle all the publicity and to shop a possible movie deal around Hollywood.

As evidence against Trammel mounts and a murder trial looms,  Haller has a hard time getting to  the truth.

But after he’s beaten to a pulp by two thugs, Haller begins to explore the possibility that the murder victim was indeed involved in something other than just fraudulent lending.

Did the former schoolteacher really deliver a fatal blow to the banker with a household hammer in a public garage on a sunny California morning? Or did hired guns frame Trammel for the crime?

In a YouTube video, Connelly talks a bit about the plot.

“The Lincoln Lawyer is back,” says the author who has sold over 42 million books. “The erstwhile criminal defense attorney is at his usual scrapping and scrambling best in the lower trenches of the justice system. What happens outside of the courtroom is equally important as what happens inside the courtroom.”

The courtroom scenes are first-rate. However, after a lot of twists and turns, Connelly wraps things up with a never-see-it-coming ending that feels just a little too self-righteous to be real.

 

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