“During my short time in this area of the law [foreclosures],’’ Haller explains, “I had seen enough predatory and unethical acts by so-called legitimate businessmen to make me miss good old-fashioned criminal law.’’
This is a little surreal…
New thriller “fiction” novel out about a woman named “Lisa” (Epstein?) who starts a grass roots movement to fight wrongful foreclosures and then is accused of murdering (YIKES) the banker who is foreclosing on her home.
Haller’s been around the block a few times and has the scars to prove it. With
LA (Florida?) awash in home foreclosures, Haller decides to expand his practice into foreclosure defense. But he finds himself defending client Lisa Trammel (Epstein?) for murder when the banker who was foreclosing on her home ends up dead.
Part of the pleasure of reading Connelly is in vicariously inhabiting the dark places where his plots take him. In “The Fifth Witness,’’ Connelly not only brings us deep inside a murder trial, showing us the rough-and-tumble tactics of an aggressive prosecutor and a grizzled defense lawyer, but also exposes us to the booming foreclosure industry, where banks operate on the borders of legality to protect their financial interests. “[D]uring my short time in this area of the law [foreclosures],’’ Haller explains, “I had seen enough predatory and unethical acts by so-called legitimate businessmen to make me miss good old-fashioned criminal law.’’
After banker Mitchell Bondurant is murdered in a parking lot, struck on the head with a hammer, Haller’s client is prosecuted. Haller admits that
Trammel (Epstein?) has a clear motive, believing “in her victimization at the hands of the bank’’ and even starting an activist group to bring grass-roots pressure against bankers like Bondurant. Haller knows the deck is stacked against him and Trammel (Epstein?), especially as witness testimony (False affidavits?) and forensic (fabricated?) evidence connect his client to the murder scene, but he and his team search tirelessly for exculpatory evidence.
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Sorry, couldn’t resist…