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The Last Alibi (Jason Kolarich) Hardcover – August 1, 2013
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Jason Kolarich is a hotshot attorney who has been on both the prosecuting and defense side of the courtroom. In this story, he's fighting off the effects of oxycodone addiction.
Maybe his mind wasn't as sharp as normal but he agrees to see a man who tells him his name and that he will be accused of murdering two women that he knew but had nothing to do with the crimes. He's sure that he's being set-up. Jason tries to get the man to go to the police but the man is unwilling to do so and Jason is bound by the attorney, client privilege.
Two other women are murdered and Jason feels obligated to let the authorities know about his client. When he sends the authorities information, the client calls Jason and tells him he knows Jason betrayed his trust and will suffer the consequences.
Jason ends up in jail being tried for murder. He's being defended by his best friend and partner Shauna Tasker. From this point on, the novel moves from the events in the trial to events in the months leading up to the trial. An additional character, court reporter, Alexa Himmel,approaches Jason and during the turmoil of what is going on, Alexa and Jason develop a relationship.
Jason's co-workers are concerned with Alexa and wonder if she's everything she claimed and Jason's intuition tells him that he should be wary of what is going on as Alexa becomes more and more assertive.
There are many twists and surprises in the novel which Ellis manages to write while creating gut wrenching suspense.Read more ›
He also talks in his "Hidden Man" how his wife Talia went to 3 different high schools because her dad worked for K-Mart and traveled the country opening up new stores. Then in "Last Alibi" he writes the same thing about the new girlfriend Alexa. Alex's dad traveled the country opening up new K-Marts and Alexa went to 3 different high schools. These types of what I call ERRORS bother me greatly so I don't know if I can keep reading David Ellis. I have tried to find a facebook page for David Ellis or somewhere I can contact him and ask him about this but am unable to locate anything. If you know of a way, please let me know!
But "The Last Alibi" was one of the best I have read and highly recommend it. The inconsistencies aren't noticeable if you haven't read "The Hidden Man".
The story is told from the perspective of two law partners. It begins with Jason Kolarich, a successful lawyer specializing in criminal defense cases, on trial for murder. His lawyer is his partner and best friend, Shauna Tasker.
Two and a five-line fraction pages later, it goes back six months with Kolarich defending a wealthy teenager who was arrested for the possession of two grams of crack cocaine. Kolarich’s plan is to show that his client was profiled: He was the only white person in a black area, and the discovery of the crack was the result of an illegal search. (This part of the story was eerily reminiscent of the George Zimmerman trial in Florida which ended last week.)
After the tragic deaths of his wife and daughter, Kolarich was prescribed Oxycodone to deal with the pain accompanying knee surgery. He refused to admit he was having any problems and became a serious addict.
A somewhat strange man, James Drinker, soon came to Kolarich’s office and said he was being framed for the murder of two women he knew and didn’t know how to protect himself. He said he expected the police to be questioning him soon and wanted Kolarich’s help. They meet together twice but all their other contact is by telephone: Drinker doesn’t give Kolarich his telephone number but calls him from a throw-away phone.
An additional main character, court reporter Alexa Himmel, joined the story when she brought a copy of the court proceedings to Kolarich’s home.Read more ›
So, I've just finished and I have to say that it does improve - my initial review gave it two stars, but the story becomes ever more convoluted and unbelievable. There are a few things that Jason could have done to help himself, much sooner, in terms of establishing his innocence. So the ending, although it is kind of fun, is also rather contrived and relies on the reader suspending disbelief a little too much. I don't want to give away the details in case you want to read it, but, it is just mediocre, overall. Several other reviewers have made good points in regard to the weaknesses here. I actually think the story could have been improved by avoiding such a convoluted structure, the 2-person narrative and some other aspects.
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Author's writing - FABULOUS. I'd give it 10 stars if posssible. I'm an avid reader. Favorite authors Patterson, Murcer, Child. Read morePublished 27 days ago by A. C. P.
I am half way through this book and will not finish it because I am bored stiff by the two readers trying to keep my interest. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David L. Poll
Ellis has been writing in collaboration with James Patterson and has now published his own novels. The Last Alibi has all of the elements of a great crime thriller and one aspect... Read morePublished 1 month ago by TR49093
Having listened to the first 3 books, then listening to The Last Alibi, I'm somewhat disappointed. The story and plot were very slow to start and, to me, appeared disjointed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Lee
This is an inventive thriller, told in alternating chapters of the first person narrative of Jason and his partner Shauna. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Christensen
I've read this during a hectic sked at work but i soldiered on because i wanted to know what really happened. it took me days to read it but it was all worth it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RJ NUEVAS
I enjoyed the book and found it difficult to put down. A complex story as well as ending!Published 5 months ago by Jack