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The hidden man, David Ellis

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The hidden man
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The hidden man
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David Ellis
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eng
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Attorney Jason Kolarich is a Midwestern everyman with a lineman's build and an easy sarcastic remark. He's young, intelligent, and driven, but he's also saddled with an overwhelming emotional burden, one that threatens to unravel his own life, and possibly the lives of those around him
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  • /* Starred Review */ 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 clichés 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.) --Staff (Reviewed July 13, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 28, p36)
  • Jason and Sammy grew up together, best friends until high school; Jason went on to college and law school, while Sammy coasted after his baby sister was kidnapped and never found. Jason became a star at a top law firm but left to practice solo after his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident. Then the past comes back to haunt them both. Jason receives a $10,000 cash retainer from a mysterious "Mr. Smith" to defend Sammy, who is accused of murdering the man long ago suspected of kidnapping his sister. But he won't plead temporary insanity, which would allow the dead man's past into evidence, and Jason is frustrated. "Mr. Smith" has explicit ideas about how he wants the defense handled, and things start going awry when Jason deviates from the plan. VERDICT Edgar Award winner Ellis (Eye of the Beholder ) has created an involving character, a damaged lawyer who's not afraid to get his hands dirty, to build this new series around. Fans of Philip Margolin's thrillers (e.g., The Associate ), which shares similar pacing, grit, and character development, albeit with more violence, will enjoy this. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/09.]—Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton, FL --Stacy Alesi (Reviewed June 15, 2009) (Library Journal, vol 134, issue 11, p59)
  • A buried crime bears bitter fruit 27 years later.Audrey Cutler was two years old the night she was stolen from her bed. Her kidnapping left her mom a permanent emotional wreck. Its impact on Audrey's brother Sammy is harder to calculate. Is it the reason that so much of his ensuing life has been spent behind bars for one transgression or another? Attorney Jason Kolarich thinks it might be. Best friends as kids, Sammy and Jason have been out of touch for longer than Jason is comfortable remembering, and now they're reconnecting in an unforeseen, unsettling way. Sammy's in jail again for the murder of Griffin Perlini, the sex offender who was once accused of Audrey's kidnapping. Jason has been hired for the defense under bizarre circumstances. The man who turns up in Jason's office one day calling himself Mr. Smith makes it clear that money is in ample supply and that his interest in Sammy's acquittal is intense. But why? Exactly who is Mr. Smith? Is he the shadowy stand-in for someone who, like the Cutlers, has lost a child to a pedophile's perversion? None of these excellent questions will be answered in a way Jason could possibly have predicted.Plotting with Christie-like care, Edgar winner Ellis (Eye of the Beholder, 2007, etc.) lifts the curtain on a promising new series. (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2009)
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321271
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1967-
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Ellis, David
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3555.L59485
LC item number
H53 2009
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Jason Kolarich series
Series volume
1
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  • Lawyers
  • Trials (Murder)
  • Chicago (Ill.)
Target audience
adult
Label
The hidden man, David Ellis
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
325 pages
Isbn
9780399155796
Lccn
2008054259
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • 276819231
  • (OCoLC)276819231
Label
The hidden man, David Ellis
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
325 pages
Isbn
9780399155796
Lccn
2008054259
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 276819231
  • (OCoLC)276819231

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