The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly is another excellent legal thriller with defense attorney Mickey Haller at the top of his game as he provides his client with the best possible defense. From one revelation to the next with plenty of subterfuge, backstabbing, and shady legal maneuverings, Connelly keeps the pages turning and the reader guessing. However, the joy of reading a Connelly novel isn’t merely found in marveling over the expert execution of his procedural work, but in the progression and development of his main characters. In this novel, Mickey Haller is in rare form as he manages his professional life and his ever more complicated private one. The greatest conflict, however, comes when the jaded lawyer confronts a crisis of conscience as he slowly begins to understand that he is actually representing the rarest of clients—one who is actually innocent. How it ends makes me wish Connelly would hurry up and write his next Lincoln Lawyer novel because this one changes everything for Mickey Haller.