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August 2013 Organizer's Pick Discussion

  • Aug 21, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Title: The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
Genre: Fiction – Legal Thriller
Year of Publication: 2011
Approximate Page Count: 421 pages
Summary: Since 2007, the home foreclosure crisis has constrained the lives of so many people. Even Los Angeles defense attorney Mickey Haller must struggle to make ends meet, by handling foreclosure cases in addition to criminal cases. But one day, he gets a case that encompasses both worlds. He is hired to defend Lisa Trammel, who is accused of murdering a banker trying to foreclose on her home. As Haller puts together his case, he comes across a possible conspiracy involving bankers at the top, a revelation that could turn the prosecution’s case upside-down and save his client from both a home foreclosure and a murder conviction. Once the trial begins, Haller moves full speed ahead with one witness after another before finally calling his key witness to the stand: the fifth witness.
Suggested by: Anthony L.

DISCUSSION VOLUNTEER: Because this book is an Organizer's Pick, Anthony will present information about the book and author and lead the discussion with questions.

LAST UPDATE: July 11, 2013

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  • Evelyn


    It was great to have a lively discussion about the 5th Witness. I look forward to the next conversation about the "Ambassador." I was wondering if folks are open to changing the location of the meeting. I found it difficult to hear folks. I have a free location with comfy sofas, and free parking, if folks would be interested to come to Emeryville.

    August 26, 2013

    • Pam N.

      Evelyn, does this mean that you will need to have a child or children present during the book club meeting??

      August 31, 2013

    • Evelyn

      I will make arrangements for my son. I mentioned it because it limits my participation to once per month most of the time. I have already committed to the next two meetings, if folks agree. If/when we meet in Emeryville, there can be a better conversation about options.

      September 1, 2013

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    A former member

    I agree with Evelyn, I consistently find the place too loud and hard to hear others, and would very much like another quieter venue. But for me, Emeryville too far. If something in north Berkeley or so...

    August 26, 2013

    • Pam N.

      Randi, actually since Emeryville is so close to the freeway, whereas Ashby and College is not (except 13 sort of), it's probably an even trade, possibly even faster from Marin than College Ave.

      August 29, 2013

  • Regina Voorhies D.

    It was good to be back. Even though I hated the book.

    August 25, 2013

  • Anthony

    Great discussion as always. :-)

    August 22, 2013

  • Sue

    Fun discussion as always. I rushed to finish this one - a book I never would have chosen, but actually enjoyed. Totally Hollywood. Don't miss Lincoln Lawyer.

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • Rita T.

    A lot of energy and fun!

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • Kristin

    I'm bringing about a dozen tomatoes fresh from my friend's garden. If you want to bring some home, bring something to take them home in. And, no, this is not a commentary on the book :)

    1 · August 21, 2013

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