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The Hidden Man (A Jason Kolarich Novel Book 1) by [Ellis, David]
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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.)
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'A triumph for Ellis and a sheer pleasure for the reader' David Baldacci. David Baldacci 'A well-written, surprising, completely original gem. The best suspense novel I've read in a while' James Patterson. James Patterson '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 great mix of Harlan Coben and John Grisham' crimesquad. 'Grisham's heir apparent... a fresh, fast-paced thriller' Daily Mail. Daily Mail '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 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 searing and suspenseful tale of law and murder and long-nurtured revenge... the best yet' Scott Turow. Scott Turow

Product Details

  • File Size: 910 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (August 29, 2009)
  • Publication Date: September 3, 2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002N83HG6
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By Maxine on September 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am an avid mystery reader and I have to say The Hidden Man is the absolutely best book I have read in a long while - in fact I lost several hours of sleep because I just could not stop reading. It was also a delight that not only was the story intriguing, with a lot of sub-plots, but David Ellis is also a gifted writer - very well written. Not matter how many times I thought I had the mystery solved, I was always wrong - David Ellis kept the reader going into the very end. It is not often that I find that I have not "figured" out the climax - Ellis really threw me a loop! The story was exciting, fast-paced with regular glimpses into the main character's past. While reading, I felt like I was one-on-one with the main character, racing to unravel the facts that would save himself, his brother and his childhood best friend.
I highly recommend The Hidden Man - just a word of warning - do not start reading unless you have the time to finish - you literally cannot put this book down!
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After Audrey Cutler is snatched from her bedroom in the middle of the night, the lives of her seven-year-old brother, Sammy, and his best friend, Jason Kolarich, are forever scarred by the tragedy. Griffin Perlini, a known sex offender who lives nearby, is suspected of the crime, but the case is never solved and Perlini goes free. After Audrey's disappearance, Sammy's already dreadful home situation turns from bad to worse.

Growing up in a grief-stricken family, Sammy seeks escape through drugs and becomes involved in crime. Jason briefly heads down the same path, but because of his success on the football field in high school and the loyalty of Sammy, Jason is spared from spending time in juvenile detention. Jason eventually escapes the neighborhood and his abusive father by way of an athletic scholarship, leading him to receive a college education and a law degree. Additionally, he marries the woman of his dreams, and they have a beautiful daughter together.

Sammy, who continues to have run-ins with the law into adulthood, is not as lucky. And neither is Jason's younger brother, Pete. Slighter in stature than Jason, Pete is the unlucky target of their drunken father's physical and emotional abuse. Although Jason was fortunate enough to escape this deplorable family situation, he has never forgotten his roots.

But despite being able to leave all the misery, the misery is able to find Jason. Thirty years after Audrey's abduction, Jason is a broken man. Once on a fast track to stardom in a high-powered criminal defense firm, he crashes and burns after his wife and daughter are killed in a freak car accident one night while he was working on a high-profile case.
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Without going into detail, the plot involves lawyer, Jason Kolarich, needing to put together a competent defense in a short amount of time when a long-estranged friend is charged with murder. However, as the trial looms near, it becomes evident to Kolarich that he will have to unearth some unsettling events from their childhood in order to solve not only this case, but also a mysteriously connected crime that went unsolved over thirty years ago. The Hidden Man is a mystery (I wouldn't call it a thriller, even though the publisher does) whose first quarter and last quarter are both entertaining and fast-paced, although they at times strain credibility. However, the middle half of the book was a bit of a let-down for me. That's because it dangles so many seemingly unconnected pieces of its puzzle in front of the reader for so long a time without much excitement that by the time the author applied "the glue" needed to make all of the pieces fit together, I sometimes found myself, instead of engrossed, being lulled into sort of a "reader's daze." This evenness in the story made The Hidden Man an "okay" read but not a book I'd recommend you rush out to read. Now, in fairness to David Ellis (whose books, A Line Of Vision and Life Sentence, I enjoyed very much) his character devlopment skills are well above average, and so I found myself strongly interested in what happens to the various characters involved in The Hidden Man -- even the bad guys! Further, the main character, lawyer Jason Kolarich, is one that I expect we'll be reading more about in future books by Ellis, and I think that could be a good thing.
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By A Customer on September 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In 1980, someone abducted two-year-old Audrey Cutler from her bedroom. Her stunned mother held her seven year old son Sammy tight as if she will never let him go. The police question sexual offender Perlini, but the evidence was not there.

In 2006 Sammy runs into Perlini. Soon afterward the prime suspect in the kidnapping and murder of Audrey is dead. The police arrest Sammy. His high school crony defense attorney Jason Kolarich is hired to defend Sammy. However, the fee for his services comes from an unknown M. Smith who wants a speedy trial and the lawyer believes his defeat as he is told how his client is to plea. Still reeling from the deaths of his wife and daughter in a car accident, Jason tries his best. His inquiry leads to a mass grave of children, but instead of euphoria, his client's financial backers abduct Jason's brother threatening to kill him if the attorney uncovers any other revelations.

This is a terrific legal thriller starring a dedicated attorney who wants to do his best by his client regardless of who is paying for the defense or his own issues. The story line is fast-paced from the onset as armchair lawyers will root for and read in one sitting Jason's efforts to mount a viable defense. Fans will enjoy Jason's idealistic attempts to defend Sammy especially after his sibling is kidnapped. David Ellis has a winner in Jason Kolarich.

Harriet Klausner
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