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The Hidden Manby David Ellis
Synopses & Reviews
Another exhilarating thriller from Edgar Award winner David Ellis, introducing the new series protagonist Jason Kolarich.
J ason Kolarich is a midwestern Everyman with a lineman?s build and an easy smart-ass remark. He?s a young, intelligent maverick, but he?s also struggling with an overwhelming emotional burden?one that threatens to unravel his own life, and possibly the lives of those around him.
Twenty-seven years ago, two-year-old Audrey Cutler disappeared from her home in the middle of the night. She was never found. All the detectives had to go on were vague eyewitness accounts of a man running down the Cutlers? street, apparently carrying someone. Without enough evidence to suggest otherwise, Griffin Perlini?a neighbor with prior offenses against minors?was arrested, but never convicted.
The case is long closed when Perlini is murdered nearly thirty years later. Now a man named Mr. Smith appears in Jason Kolarich?s office, saying only that he represents a third party who wants the man charged with murder off the hook and that Kolarich is perfect for the job. The new client: Audrey Cutler?s older brother, Sammy?Kolarich?s estranged childhood best friend?a man he hasn?t seen in nearly twenty years.
But when Kolarich starts receiving violent threats from Mr. Smith?s enigmatic employer, he figures out that the secrecy behind this nameless third party?and the key to winning Sammy?s case?is entangled with the mystery of Audrey?s disappearance. With his own life and Sammy?s in the balance, Kolarich has to put aside not only the mounting anxiety of the job but also a heart-wrenching personal tragedy in order to find out what really happened to Audrey all those years ago.
"Edgar-winner Ellis (Line of Vision) is off to an exhilarating start with this first in a series set in an unnamed Midwestern city featuring grief-stricken attorney Jason Kolarich, who blames himself for his wife and child's death in a car accident. Jason is shaken out of his emotional coma when a stranger called 'Mr. Smith' hires him to defend an old friend, Sammy Cutler. About 26 years earlier, Sammy's two-year-old sister was kidnapped from her bedroom during the night. Suspicion centered on Griffin Perlini, a convicted sex offender who lived a few blocks away, but police could never prove that he took the child. Now Sammy is accused of killing Griffin, who he believes murdered his sister. Mr. Smith demands Jason get an acquittal for Sammy, conveniently supplying witnesses and a scapegoat for the case. Ellis avoids clichs in a multilayered legal thriller that depends on precise character studies, an original plot and a surprising but logical twist at the end. Author tour. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Defense attorney Jason Kolarich is back in another edge-of-your-seat thriller . . . and this time he may find himself in over his head, in more ways than one.
James Drinker is a bit of an oddball. A funny-looking, geeky loner, he walks into Jason Kolarichs office one day with a preemptive concern: two women have recently been murdered, seemingly by the same killer, and Drinker thinks he will be the polices main suspect. One woman was his ex-girlfriend, he says, and the other was a friend. Hes the only link between the victims and he has no alibi for the night of either murder—surely the police will realize it soon. Believing hes the target of a frame-up, Drinker hires Kolarich for his defense.
Something about James Drinker seems off from the start, but Kolarich doesnt give it too much thought. Until another murder occurs. And then another. And as he begins to probe his clients life and story more closely, it quickly becomes clear that nothing about James Drinker is what it seems . . . and that the target of the frame-up isnt Drinker, but Kolarich.
Unable to stop a serial killer—and prove his own innocence—without breaking his sworn attorney-client privilege, Jason Kolarich must hunt for the truth about James Drinker, the series of brutal murders, and why hes been set up to take the fall. The answers will be beyond anything he could have imagined.
Hot-shot attorney Jason Kolarich returns in the stunning new thriller from the Edgar Award winning author.
Jason Kolarich is in a bad way—physically wounded and emotionally wrecked after his last case, he’s selfmedicating with prescription painkillers, too much alcohol, and brief affairs. When one of these affairs turns sour, Kolarich is left fending off the advances of a beautiful, nefarious woman who may be more than she appears. . . .
And Kolarich’s next client isn’t going to make life any easier. Marshall Renfro is the prime suspect in a string of serial murders, and hires Kolarich as his defender. In a privileged attorney-client setting, Renfro discloses his many sins. Soon afterward, Renfro disappears, leaving behind a wake of mayhem for which Kolarich is now the police’s main person of interest . . . including a killing to which he is intimately connected.
Faced with a murder charge and unable to prove his own innocence without breaking his oath, Kolarich must hunt to learn the truth about Renfro, the series of brutal killings, and why he’s been set up to take the fall. The answers will be beyond anything he could have imagined.
About the Author
David Ellis is the author of seven novels, including Line of Vision for which he won the Edgar Award. An attorney from Chicago, he currently serves as Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and was recently appointed the Impeachment Prosecutor in the Blagojevich trial. Ellis lives in Springfield with his family.
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