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The Hidden Man
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One hot summer night two-year-old Audrey Cutler was snatched from her bedroom and never seen again. Twenty-six years later, her brother, Sammy, fatefully crosses paths with the man the police failed to convict for her abduction and murder. A few weeks later, that man is murdered. Attorney Jason Kolarich, Sammy's childhood friend, is engaged to defend him. But can he trust the people who hired him? Why are they paying for Sammy's defence and why do they want the case heard so quickly, leaving Kolarich no time to prepare? Why, when Kolarich's investigations lead the police to a buried cache of children's bodies, do they kidnap his brother and threaten his life? As the clock ticks for both his brother and his childhood friend, Jason must discover the shocking truth in order to save them and, finally, to save himself.
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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 Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

About the Author

David Ellis's previous novels include Line of Vision (winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel) and Eye of the Beholder. An attorney from Chicago, he currently serves as counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.

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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 Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

''A searing and suspenseful tale of law and murder and long-nurtured revenge... the best yet' Scott Turow. * Scott Turow * The ingenious plot takes many turns before its unpredictable ending. Ellis's intelligent, inventive thriller is a splendid introduction to his work. More, please!' Sunday Telegraph. * Sunday Telegraph * 'A fresh take on the legal thriller, crackles with unexpected twists - like Patricia Highsmith with an extra shot of adrenaline' San Francisco Chronicle. 'David Ellis has been compared to big names such as Harlan Coben and John Grisham and his terse thriller, The Hidden Man, ticks a lot of the same boxes ... the fast-moving plot is ingenious and surprising' The Sun. * Sun * 'A great mix of Harlan Coben and John Grisham' crimesquad. 'Grisham's heir apparent... a fresh, fast-paced thriller' Daily Mail. * Daily Mail * 'Who does he think he is - John Grisham? The answer has to be - yes, with any luck. Ellis writes as well as his Georgia colleague, and his plotting is certainly sharper' Chicago Tribune. * Chicago Tribune * 'A well-written, surprising, completely original gem. The best suspense novel I've read in a while' James Patterson. * James Patterson * 'A triumph for Ellis and a sheer pleasure for the reader' David Baldacci. * David Baldacci *

This explosive thriller from Edgar Award-winner Ellis combines fast-paced action and unexpected plot twists with thematic depth and cohesion. Defense attorney Jason Kolarich is grieving the recent death of his wife and daughter when he is asked to defend his high school friend, Sammy Cutler, who is accused of murdering the man who allegedly molested and murdered Sammy's two-year-old sister 20 years ago. When Jason's investigations take him close to the solution, his own brother is kidnapped. This exciting start of what is sure to turn into a series deserves a performer on a par with Ellis' prose, but Luke Daniels's turgid pace and relentless monotone are off-putting. The phrasing sounds lifted from old Dragnet episodes and is dated and annoying. Fans should steer clear of this audio and opt for the print version. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, July 13). (Sept.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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