The 24-hour news cycle is abuzz when the police arrest homeless Iraq war veteran Mike Stoller for the murder of a young paralegal on her way home from night-school class. Stoller doesn't deny killing the woman, but his post-traumatic stress disorder is so bad that he has no real memory of that night.
Jason Kolarich agrees to take the case only weeks before trial, and realizes that, unlikely as it seems, his client is probably innocent. The murdered paralegal had been tracing a money trail leading to a conspiracy of terrorists who come from the last place you'd expect: corporate America. Her murder was no random crime, and the wrong man was charged - leaving Jason Kolarich racing to save Stoller while simultaneously preventing a terrorist's bomb from detonating in his city.
©2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; 2012 David Ellis
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Read the publisher's summary, I try not to write spoilers.
From a calm beginning to a frantic rush to sort out seemingly unrelated threads, this book kept me entertained from beginning to end. The background for the mysteries is well done; I didn't ever get bored. The characters range from tragic veteran to home grown terrorists to mob hit persons. All is wrapped up in a satisfactory manner. My one disappointment was the somewhat obvious ending. I am not sure it should have been done differently, but it seemed like an afterthought to a well paced book.
Luke Daniels gives one of his great performances.
I will try another book in the Kolarich series.
This is the first of David Ellis' books I have read, and I read it in Audible format. All I can say is that it is a first class thriller!
I almost always have two books in progress: One on my Kindle, the other in Audio format, and I read from 3 to 4 total per week. If a book does not hold my interest, I put it aside, and try it again later - sometimes years later - and then maybe I find it to be interesting enough to finish. I say that merely to lend credence to my evaluation. Many of the best, I will read several times over the years, much like Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series. David Ellis' books will be on that re-read list!
This book, The Wrong Man, is OUTSTANDING! It held my attention from the very first page. I won't repeat the plot descriptions that others have written, as that is unnecessary. My goal is for my reviews to be credible so that people have trust that I will not highly recommend a book that does not keep my interest.
The Wrong Man definitely kept my interest! Ellis has a way of drawing the reader in with a well written narrative, with every word on every page having meaning to the story at hand. He makes you feel as if you, the reader, are actually his protagonist, Jason Kolarich - facing the same forces that he faces in his quest to see justice done. I have since obtained every one of Ellis' novels, and will be putting them at the top of my reading list over the next few weeks and months!
And, I won't wait for his books to hit the discount list. As he writes new novels, I will be among the first to purchase them, as his are on my same priority list as are Lee Child, David Baldacci, Harlan Coben, Michael Connelly, John Sandford's Virgil Flowers series, Nelson DeMille, John Gilstrap's Jonathan Grave series, and a few others. For awhile there, just a few years ago, all my favorite authors had died; but, now I have many more favorites that, as I further age toward my declining years, I'll have these friends to accompany me along that trip, giving me comfort and satisfaction along the way!
Better than the Lincoln Lawyer. Powerful business men, FBI, ex-marine, sarcastic lawyer, mafia and controlling unforgiving judge
Jason was my favorite. Sarcastic, funny and never gives up. Works the angles. Great at cross examination.
When he landed Jason onto his back in the cell
When all odds are are against you
I really feel this would make an entertaining movie in it's entirety. But those making movies seem to cut out parts. Nice ending I didn't see coming.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This is the third book in a series about lawyer Jason Kolarich. I haven't listened to the others and that didn't affect my enjoyment of this book. It's a solid legal thriller about a lawyer who is defending a homeless man accused of the murder of a young law clerk. The case against the homeless man looks clearcut but as Kolarich starts to investigate, he discovers pieces of evidence that don't add up. Soon it becomes apparent that he and his team are in danger and that both the Mafia and a very nasty group of terrorists don't want him to find out the truth behind the murder.
What I liked about this book is the lead character (also the narrator) who is interesting and engaging. The courtroom scenes also felt more realistic than is usual in this genre. The story unfolded at a good pace for the most part with various twists that kept me guessing.
However in the end I felt that it all got too silly. Our lawyer turns into an action hero who can also out-think the FBI. The final pages should have been "can't-put-the-book-down gripping" but instead they had me rolling my eyes and losing interest.
Overall not a total write off, but not as good as it could have been. I am going to listen to the first 2 books in the series.
Luke Daniels was outstanding with the delivery of the story
This was the 2nd David Ellis book I purchased never having read the author before. David Ellis writes similar to John Grisham with a Jonathan Kellerman or James Patterson thriller/mystery edge. Jason Kolarich digs deep to solve his cases. Love the sarcasm and attitude of main character - Jason. Was extremely pleased with this book. Highly recommend this author. I don't think you need to read the books in order, but you may want to since this is the best one. Great performance by Luke Daniels - compared to others - he really becomes Jason in this book - really developed the character. I'm reading "Hidden Man" right now and it is just as good except the narrator hasn't quite come into character - but still a good mystery/thriller/lawyer jargon book. You won't be sorry if you become a David Ellis fan!
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The wrong man is an excellent legal thriller with lots of courtroom action, but with most of the suspense being outside the courtroom. Luke Daniels does a great job of narration.
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Got to give this series 5's so far. I had to drop narration a star. Mostly very good. Won't give the story away but at one point female voice was too low and soft while Kolarich was too loud and obnoxious which I don't believe was Ellis's intent. Overall rating Has to remain a 5.
Good book and worth a read to all crime fiction readers that are in to legal thrillers. Maybe Americans relish plots where their government is facing imminent terrorism, but that story line is so tired. Jason is a typical complex character, and sees the world as such, so why make him a crusader for the government? Leave him to pursue justice in what ever means suitable and appropriate to his character, but just not the dull nationalist and patriotic way. That just limits him and is not indicative of the present day critical thinking person who views governments with a dose of healthy skepticism. Jason loses that perspective in the latter chapters and a reader, who thinks critically, thus becomes detached from Jason's character.
Good Mystery Writing.
I liked the way the story developed as various layers of the story were revealed.
I liked the narrator but had a bit of trouble hearing the characters that talked in a whisper.
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