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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (382 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Ellis Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jason Kolarich Series Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781423379294
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Jason Kolarich is a midwestern everyman with a linebacker’s build and an easy smart-ass remark. He’s a young, intelligent, and successful attorney; but he’s also struggling with a horrific tragedy that threatens to unravel his own life, and possibly the lives of everyone he holds dear. When a long-estranged friend, charged with murder, resurfaces needing Kolarich’s legal help, the lawyer has to put together a competent defense for the accused, despite his private doubts. In Chicago, neighborhood loyalty goes a long way. But as the trial looms, it becomes clear that Kolarich will have to unearth some unsettling events from their childhoods in order to crack not only this case, but also a mysteriously connected crime that went unsolved more than thirty years ago. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ellis avoids clichés in a multilayered legal thriller that depends on precise character studies, an original plot, and a surprising but logical twist at the end.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Plotting with Christie-like care, Edgar winner Ellis lifts the curtain on a promising new series.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Ellis has created an involving character, a damaged lawyer who’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, to build this new series around.”

    Library Journal

  • A 2010 Barry Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Mystery/Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 2/6/2014

    " Poor Jason ..life has given him one bad blow after another..then along comes his boyhood pal Sammy and the murder trial from hell. Great book..great characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Jo | 1/31/2014

    " intriguing... another very good whodunit~! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 1/28/2014

    " murder mystery takes place in chicago. An atty who is a childhood friend of an accused murderer, takes his case to prove his innocence. involves an abduction of a 2 yr. old girl that took place 30 years ago; the friendship of the atty and the accused murderer from childhood; the old neighborhood; the abduction of the atty's brother due to involvement in defending the accused murderer; very complicated story but told in a non-complicated manner. fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Piet Hein | 1/25/2014

    " A well written thriller with an interesting main character about whom I would like to read more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hella Comat | 1/8/2014

    " I'm really getting to like David Ellis. This book is a sequel, with lawyer Jason hired by an unknown stranger to defend his boyhood friend on a murder charge. Great ending; didn't see it coming! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/8/2014

    " I liked the character of Jason Kolarich; he was appropriately haunted and had a lot of baggage. However, I thought the end of the book fell slightly flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena | 12/30/2013

    " I liked this book even more than the first David Ellis book. It had a suspenseful plot and was written by a practicing attorney, so there were lots of accurate crim pro references. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 12/28/2013

    " I fell head over heels for Jason; the flawed, hurting, lonely protagonist. I can't wait to read more in the series. Truly thrilling and very hard to put down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl Schaeffer | 12/10/2013

    " WOW! This was a good one. A real adrenaline rush. I couldn't stop reading. I usually don't try to figure out mysteries, but this one had me trying to figure it out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary G. | 12/4/2013

    " What a great story. Ellis really covered what was interesting about Chicago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/1/2013

    " Great mystery, well written. Two twists at the end that I did not figure out ahead of time. I love when that happens! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Arnsdorf | 9/15/2013

    " A good read that the reader takes the journey with Jason a tough attorney with nothing to loose. Can't wait to read another book by this author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Angel | 2/12/2013

    " It took me a little while to get into this book (about 80 pages or so) but once I got into it I could hardly put it down. It's about a lawyer who is defending a childhood friend who is accused of killing the man who allegedly abducted and murdered his sister. It's fast-paced and well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mgupshaw | 6/22/2012

    " Excellent suspense novel. David Ellis, the author, is a Chicago attorney, and much like Scott Turow, knows how to tell a story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bgrayyoung | 6/3/2012

    " A good legal thriller that keeps you guessing. Looking forward to reading the next one with this character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 5/4/2012

    " Very entertaining, did not dissapoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 2/6/2012

    " bought this one Used..2009 publication...on a whim..and OH YEAH..found a great character, James Kolarich...young attorney tha has suffered a horrible tragedy in his life. "linebacker's build and an easy smart-ass remark". A perfect set up for a great character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 12/13/2011

    " This was a very good book filled with lots of plot twists. If you are looking for a good mystery/action book this definitely fits the bill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 11/20/2011

    " I didn't figure it out until Jason Kolarich figured it out. Good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 7/11/2011

    " I liked that I couldn't figure out the ending! Kept me scratching my head until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nan | 4/27/2011

    " Although written before it, this novel refers extensively (too extensively if you ask me) to events from the second Jason Kolarich novel, Breach of Trust, which takes place before The Hidden Man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 3/17/2011

    " I liked that I couldn't figure out the ending! Kept me scratching my head until the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Verena | 3/16/2011

    " Entertaining mystery. I was disappointed that I figured out what happened regarding the original mystery of the book at about 60%. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathychristoffel | 3/5/2011

    " Caught me right away, didn't want to put it down. Some nice plot twists, though not all of them work. I'll look for more by him! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/1/2011

    " Great mystery, well written. Two twists at the end that I did not figure out ahead of time. I love when that happens! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 7/7/2010

    " This was a good book. It had you guessing right up until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 6/11/2010

    " One of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. You are taken down many paths, but you never know the true destination until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 6/9/2010

    " What a great story. Ellis really covered what was interesting about Chicago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 6/3/2010

    " This was a legal type thriller with many angles. You just keep reading trying to understand the big picture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/22/2010

    " I fell head over heels for Jason; the flawed, hurting, lonely protagonist. I can't wait to read more in the series. Truly thrilling and very hard to put down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 3/14/2010

    " Ellis prosecuted Rod Blagojevich in his impeachment trial, which would make him awesome enough. But he also writes solid crime fiction and legal thrillers. 3.5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 1/21/2010

    " An enjoyable read. The author withholds information about critical characters until late in the book. It works much like some of the old "whodunit" mysteries.

    Ellis has done a good job of keeping readers turning the pages, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 12/28/2009

    " Nice twisty Chicago mystery. I guessed one part of the kidnapping but totally missed everything else. Love when that happens! Lawyer talk was sometimes a little too much but the book reads fast and hangs together. Guess I'll back up and read "Line of Vision" for which he won an EDGAR. "

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About the Author
Author David Ellis

David Ellis is the award-winning author of several novels, including Line of Vision, for which he won the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and The Hidden Man, which earned him a 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize nomination. He is the chief counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, and he recently served as the house prosecutor who tried and convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

About the Narrator

Luke Daniels is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction, including works by Philip Roth and John Updike. He has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 and 2014 and has earned thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, he has performed at various repertory theaters around the country, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.