The Fifth Witness will be the 23rd novel written by Michael Connelly, and the fourth novel featuring Los Angels defense attorney Mickey Haller. The book was published on 5 April 2011, and won the 2012 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.
Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too – and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.
- "Michael Connelly Wins 2012 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction," 17 August 2012