Private attorney Jason Kolarich is engaged to defend Audrey's brother. But can he trust the people who hired him? Why are they paying for Sammy's defense and why do they want the case heard so quickly? 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? And finally, what is Kolarich's own connection to the case?
©2009 David Ellis; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"A well-written, surprising, completely original gem. The best suspense novel I've read in a while." (James Patterson)
"A fresh take on the legal thriller, crackles with unexpected twists - like Patricia Highsmith with an extra shot of adrenaline." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Who does he think he is - John Grisham? The answer has to be - yes, with any luck. Ellis certainly writes as well as his Georgia colleague, and his plotting is certainly sharper." (Chicago Tribune)
52 year old electrical engineer with a thirst for knowledge but who is nevertheless easily distracted by a great vicarious escape.
All three of the Jason Kolarich books are excellent. I seldom have this level of enthusiasm for an author. But this one knows how to keep your rapt attention while making you chuckle along the way.
The plot is very interesting. I have only listened to one other Ellis book, but it, like this book, offers a BIG surprise at the end that changes ones entire perspective of events in the story. I will most assuredly be reading more of the work of David Ellis, because I love a plot with a good twist!
Luke Daniels does a great job with the characters, and in particular manages to create a solid bond between the listener and the protagonist. Not an easy job as the book is very plot/action heavy and the protagonist is not written as a very appealing individual.I like the fact that Ellis does not feel compelled to make his characters perfect people, to me that makes them more believable, but sometimes his characters are hard to like.
Overall, a well crafted, solid crime story performed well by Daniels.
The story was pretty good. However, I found the narrator's speech to be distracting and stilted.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
Luke Daniels saved what little could be saved of this mish mash of a novel. It was confusing and made little sense much of the time. No real plot or character development.
I bought it because it was narrated by Daniels and I usually enjoy everything he does. I think this one is going back however.
For me it was mediocre though others seem to like it.
I found the plot absurd and really uninteresting. I simply didn't want to get to the end of the book.
Not really, although the author has been compared to Grisham. Well, if that's the case, I'll never a Grisham novel in my life!
The reading was terrible. The reader speaks with too much seriousness and it's totally out of place.
The book acts a perfect foil for other crime novels. You can't read anything worse than this, really. Even the killer's name is comical. "Griffin Perlini", I mean, come on!
I am disappointed in this series! It's a jumbled mess. Jason is inconsistent in his beliefs, actions, temperament....everything! It feels like 4 books written by the same guy about different guys that happened to be a lawyer at the same firm. Then after they were written the names were changed to Jason and the background shoved down the readers throat. Did I mention a million and one times that his wife and baby daughter were killed in a car accident? Insulting to the intelligence of the reader that its bashed over our head every 15 pages.
All of the other characters are consistent and I fell like I know and care about those people more than Jason.
The storyline was good; but the narrator was very monotone and I kept finding myself zoning out. I had to "go back 30 seconds or more" so many times, that after hallway thru, I stopped doing it. I just wanted to get the book over and done.
Any narrator that adds emotion and doesn't put me to sleep.
I am not sure I care for the main character and I am not sure if that is do to the author or the narrator. I am not left wanting a follow-up book or would look forward to a series.
I like other books by David Ellis, so I will read another of his - as long as it is another narrator and I listen to a long excerpt.
I love books!
First time author for me, book #1 in the Jason Kolarich series by David Ellis. Set in Chicago, Kolarich is a defense attorney that is tasked with solving the cold case abduction/murder of his best friend and next door neighbor's sister twenty eight years before while she was still an infant.. There are some nasty people that come into the story as he works like a police detective to unravel the mystery.
If you like these kinds of stories, you'll like this one. One of my goals of any book is to be entertained and this book was entertaining. Enjoy.
tension is high throughout the whole book. do not like the narrator. his even voice sometimes confuses you because you do not instantly realise the a different person is speaking
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