Jason Kolarich has spent the past year struggling to recover from the horrific deaths of his wife and baby daughter. On the night of their deaths, Kolarich was at the office, awaiting a call from a confidential informant named Ernesto Ramirez — a call that never came. Kolarich blames himself not only for the deaths of his wife and child, but for the informant’s murder as well. He can’t bring back his family, but he can find out who killed Ramirez and bring the killer to justice.
Unfortunately, Kolarich’s guns-blazing approach to justice lands him smack in the middle of an FBI probe of a deeply corrupt governor and his cronies. To avoid jail, Kolarich must enter a world of wiretaps, double-dealing, and kickbacks, where he soon discovers that the murder of his informant was only the tip of the iceberg. This breach of trust runs up to the highest levels of power, and exposing it may drag Kolarich into the fight of his life.
©2011 David Ellis (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This was an interesting story that kept me listening. I like this genre so even though it may have had a familiar ring, I still liked it. This is the first time I've listened to this author. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it was too heavy on the profanity. I liked the characters and kept waiting to see how things would all work out. I wondered how the main character was going to get out of his apparent trouble by the end of the book. Worth a listen.
I don't feel like the time spent listening to this book is time that I regret, but it was very much a "once and done" listen for me. The narrative was interesting, but Ellis had a tendency to repeat himself. I was repeatedly given the main character's justifications for various actions several times. This can be helpful in a long novel, if appropriately spaced out, as a reminder to readers of events that may have seemed insignificant or were only briefly mentioned. But there were several instances of repeat information spaced only a chapter or two apart. To me, this feels like filler. Or like the author doesn't trust his audience.
Overall, the story was interesting and I wanted to know how it ended. But I also was able to piece together the mystery and still had about 2 or 3 hours to go before it was officially presented to me as a reader. That made those hours seem pretty hollow, and drained the excitement out of the narrative.
I am a huge fan of Daniels, and honestly picked this book up because I was looking for more of his work. He did a great job, though I admit the narrative didn't give him as much to work with as other performances I've listened to.
Overall, I will make the assumption that the issues that grated on me are just part of Ellis' style. So if you like his previous works, go ahead and pick this up. If you're a newcomer looking to scratch an itch, I would probably recommend that you look elsewhere.
I wasn't sure...never read this author before, but got it on the $5 deal. I'd have been happy with it at full price! Really an enjoyable story. Very well done by the narrator, realistic and not over the top. I really love the wit of this author, he's quite sharp. As I type this I'm downloading another from Mr. Ellis. If it's like this one, I'll be quite happy!
Personal trainer since 1988. Love a good mystery!
Great book about how our political system works behind the scenes. Although this is complete fiction it is much of how it works in real life. Great read. Interesting characters. Well worth the credit!
It was performed well. It always kept you on your feet.
Harlen Coben -Shelter. Both main characters do the right thing.
He is Great!
Keeps you guessing all the way through!
Yes I would listen again - but not for some time. Would prefer to "read" more of his work first.
Great plot as I was driving from WA to SA over the Nullabor. Didn't want to stop.
Tell us about yourself!
I liked this book- it kept you guessing how the main character would get out of his mess by the end of the book. It was about corruption and trying to do the right thing. I enjoy this type of book but had never read this author before.
I have not had the pleasure of reading the print version, but I did find this book to be very intriguing and entertaining.
Yes! I kept wondering "who dun it"! I thought the story was interesting, yet convincing.
no - I haven't, but I would certainly listen to him again.
no extreme reactions- just an interesting story about a lawyer who gets involved with a political campaign in order to solve a murder.
good listen, highly-recommended
And a real driver is at the helm. This isn't terrific fiction, but you won't hate yourself for listening to it. It's a big sprawling plot with our hero cruising an obstacle course between corruption and evil.He's everybody's target, but he's nobody's fool, without being comically bulletproof. There's real suspense and real tension here. Loved the narrator.
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