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Breach of Trust Hardcover – February 3, 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Jason Kolarich Series

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Imagine tense confrontations over the board of education’s contract for school buses. Or white-knuckle clashes about veterans-first hiring laws. Ellis, the prosecutor who convicted former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, routinely turns these real-life dramas into compelling fiction. In his sixth novel, the Edgar winner gives us young criminal lawyer Jason Kolarich, about to settle into a career defending awful people with money. Then something horrible happens to his family. Trying to learn more, he takes a job on the governor’s staff. Now he’s surrounded by reptiles who rattle on about downstate poll numbers so they can keep the posts that let them steal the state blind. Then come the feds, who are not exactly driven by a longing for justice. There’s sex, suspense, and blood here, but it’s Ellis’ insider knowledge of this corrupt-wheels-within-corrupt-wheels world that sparks his narrative. He knows that power often goes to the wrong people because they’re the ones who want it, and he turns that knowledge into penetrating legal fiction reminiscent of George V. Higgins. --Jeff Ayers


"David Ellis understands political corruption like no other writer out there-and lucky for us, his pages throb with action and suspense. Trust me, you won't be able to put Breach of Trust down."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; 1St Edition edition (February 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399157107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399157103
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TMStyles VINE VOICE on February 13, 2011
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Breach Of Trust" is David Ellis' latest legal thriller and it features Jason Kolarich from "The Hidden Man". Ellis is making a career of writing about and exposing governmental corruption which comes easily from his experiences as a government prosecutor in Chicago. Jason Kolarich is an intriguing character who seems to gain more focus and determination when his family dies in a terrible auto accident. The fact that he was supposed to be driving them at the time but stayed behind to speak to a potential witness, Ernesto Ramirez, who never showed ignites his inner demons and his pursuit of justice, after a period of grief and aimless job shifting.

Jason decides to seek the killer(s) of Ernesto, who he subsequently discovered was killed the same night his family died, as a form of guilt relief both for his not being with his family that tragic night and for possibly setting Ernesto up for death by his relentless pursuit of his testimony. Complicating matters is a zealous federal prosecutor with a vendetta against Jason who forces him reluctantly to go undercover seeking damning evidence of political corruption from the Governor and his myriad underlings. Jason is soon playing dual games--find Ernesto's killer and fulfill his responsibilities as chief governmental "snitch".

How Jason handles these two overlapping assignments while preserving his true purpose and identity is skillfully handled by Ellis whose plot, while confounding and circuitous at times, is nonetheless satisfying in the end. The reader is exposed to a world of back room political crime and shenanigans filled with wiretaps, kickbacks, payoffs, power for sale, and even murder. Aside from Jason, there were few characters who were particularly likeable nor who elicited my concern for their well being.
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Jason Kolarich feels lucky to be assigned second chair in defending Senator Hector Almundo from a charge of murder. The case deals with Almundo's alleged deal with the Canniblas street gang. They were shaking down businessmen for contributions to Almundo's election campaign and splitting the proceeds. Almundo is charged with conspiracy and the chief witness against him is his chief of staff, Joey Espinoza.

One night, Kolarich is waiting for a call from a confidential informant, Eddie Ramirez. The call is important so Kolarich's wife takes her infant and drives to her parent's home without him. In a double tragedy that changes his life, his wife and child are killed in an auto accident on a slippery road. Later, he learns that the reason why the informant's call didn't arrive is that he was murdered.

After a period of mourning, Kolarich returns to work. He's approached by Ramirez's wife, Essie. She wants Kolarich to find out who killed her husband.

Since he feels responsible for Ernesto's death and because he also feels he is the cause of his wife and child's deaths, he accepts. He believes that if he can find Ramirez's killer, he would, somehow, make up for his failure.

In this psychological novel, we experience the pain and loss that Kolarich feels. Without a proper plan, he attempts to ingratiate himself to the politicians and friends of Almundo. However, his actions are caught by the FBI who are investigating corruption from the governor's office down to the local level. Since Kolarich can't prove that he was innocently pretending to work for these officials, he agrees to go undercover and help the FBI with the case.

Kolarich is a heroic character who is just a man, trying to do the right thing.
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Jason Kolarich was once an up-and-coming young defense attorney at one of Chicago's highest profile private law firms. Following a case in which his strategy was the key in securing the acquittal of a State Senator from federal murder charges it seemed as if the sky was the limit for his future. Except something went terribly wrong at the end of the trial. While he was in his office late one winter night waiting for a phone call from an informant, Jason's wife, tired of waiting for him to come home as promised, packed their infant daughter in the car and headed out for a planned visit to her parents. They never made it. Their car skidded off the icy road along the way, killing both.

Not able to shake the loss - and the thought they'd still be alive if he had been driving - Jason has hit a place in his life where he simply doesn't care anymore. Not about himself, his business; only his grief matters. He hadn't taken care of his own and they were dead because of it. But when he learns that the informant whose call he had been waiting on the night of his family's deaths was himself killed the same night, Jason is jolted back to life and into action. Believing there's no way the timing was a coincidence, Jason sets out to learn the true circumstances behind the informant's death.

Before he knows it Jason finds himself in an ever deepening web of bribery, extortion, and kickbacks, one that appears to run all the way up to the Governor's office. Caught between crooked politicians and their shady advisers and the federal government investigating the corruption, Jason has to find a way to get to the truth he so desperately needs to move on with his life, while doing whatever necessary to make sure he doesn't end up in jail...or the ground.
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