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The Hidden Man | [David Ellis]

The Hidden Man

On a hot summer night in 1980, two-year-old Audrey Culter was snatched from her bedroom and never seen again. Twenty-six years later, her brother, Sammy, fatefully crosses paths with the man the police failed to convict for her abduction and murder. A few weeks later, that man is dead, murdered. Private attorney Jason Kolarich is engaged to defend Audrey's brother. But can he trust the people who hired him?
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Publisher's Summary

On a hot summer night in 1980, two-year-old Audrey Culter was snatched from her bedroom and never seen again. Twenty-six years later, her brother, Sammy, fatefully crosses paths with the man the police failed to convict for her abduction and murder. A few weeks later, that man is dead, murdered.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Michael Plymouth, MA, United States 12-20-12
    Michael Plymouth, MA, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2007

    52 year old electrical engineer with a thirst for knowledge but who is nevertheless easily distracted by a great vicarious escape.

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    "Love this guy"

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Mcgraw Lawrenceville, GA USA 09-19-12
    Paul Mcgraw Lawrenceville, GA USA 09-19-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "A Very Solid Crime Story"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Charlotte, NC, USA 12-21-09
    Kristin Charlotte, NC, USA 12-21-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Story not bad, Didn't like the reader"

    The story was pretty good. However, I found the narrator's speech to be distracting and stilted.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 06-07-14
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 06-07-14

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "Convoluted story arc - great narrator"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    marcus messner 04-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Bad, bad, bad"
    What disappointed you about The Hidden Man?

    I found the plot absurd and really uninteresting. I simply didn't want to get to the end of the book.


    Has The Hidden Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reading was terrible. The reader speaks with too much seriousness and it's totally out of place.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    brandi 08-15-13
    brandi 08-15-13
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    "Don't waste your time or credits"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Internet Shopper Denver, CO USA 08-23-14
    Internet Shopper Denver, CO USA 08-23-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Narrator Made Me Zone Out Often"
    What did you like best about The Hidden Man? What did you like least?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Luke Daniels?

    Any narrator that adds emotion and doesn't put me to sleep.


    Do you think The Hidden Man needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ionica LeidenNetherlands 10-04-09
    Ionica LeidenNetherlands 10-04-09
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    "Way too predictable"

    The story was very slow and way too predictable. I liked Ellis' previous books much better. Luke Daniels did a good job reading.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mark FORT WORTH, TX, United States 02-22-14
    Mark FORT WORTH, TX, United States 02-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Sad! Too much foul language. Entriguing story."
    Would you try another book from David Ellis and/or Luke Daniels?

    Yes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hidden Man?

    Struggle with killer.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?

    Not sure.


    Do you think The Hidden Man needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The profanity is completely unnecessary. The performance was very lacking and the voices sometimes comical.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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