The 2012 Harper Lee Prize finalists were:
- Michael Connelly, The Fifth Witness
- Robert Dugoni, Murder One
- David Ellis, Breach of Trust
THE FIFTH WITNESS was chosen as the winner by a selection committee that included New York Times bestselling novelist Linda Fairstein, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, New York Times bestselling Novelist Lisa Scottoline, NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg, and FOX News Political Analyst Juan Williams. Connelly and his work will be featured in the ABA Journal and honored with a special edition of To Kill A Mockingbird, signed by Ms. Lee.
I read and really enjoyed THE FIFTH WITNESS last year. In a mini-review as part of a monthly crime fiction round-up for the Herald on Sunday, I said of the book:
'Lincoln Lawyer’ Mickey Haller, who’s happy to use a few tricks to help clients facing the might of the state, has been hit hard by the recession; he’s now defending clients more from mortgage foreclosures than criminal charges. But then an outspoken protestor is arrested for murdering a bank CEO, and Haller is back in criminal court, fighting a case that will cause him to reexamine everything. A legal thriller about much more than its plot, Connelly shows once more that he’s right at the top of the crime writing tree.
You can also read my large New Zealand Listener feature on Connelly, where we delved into the character of Mickey Haller, among many topics, here.