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Marty Kalish is a young man suffocating in the heat of an affair with a married woman named Rachel. When Rachel's husband disappears one night, Marty is one of the first to be questioned. With few likely suspects, the police arrest him for murder.

We know Marty was outside their home that night. We know he has a motive. We know he's guilty of something. But is it murder?

Everything we learn - about Marty as a man, his affair with Rachel, and the night in question - comes from Marty himself. We want him to be innocent, but the more he tells us, the more we fear he is guilty. And as the twists and turns of the plot unfold, we can't be completely sure.

©2008 David Ellis; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

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Outstanding!

As soon as I finished reading Line of Vision I went to find more of his books and was disappointed to find so limited few. I have read some of the best and David Ellis is right up there with this one. I absolutely couldn't put it down. I downloaded it onto my ipod and went to bed with it every night. Great twists and turns right up to the very end. Please...write some more like this, I can't wait to read another one.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Gripping

I never figured out the ending. Marvelous writing and great narrator. Wish I could find more of author's books.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Enthralling story, perfect reader for the job.

Written from the perspective of the alleged killer, this story kept me interested to the end. We only know what's in the mind of our protagonist, so we hear about others if they speak to our guy or we learn information as our guy discovers it. I will often quit a book if I feel like "nothing is happening." You would think that letting the fscts unfold through our guy's eyes/mind would seem rather slow. But, that is not the case here. Additionally, the story is dependant on the reader's perfect pitch and interpretation. Dick Hill nails it.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding!

Sometimes the old saying "you can't put it down" just happens to be true, and that certainly applies to this book. The plot is original, with plenty of twists and turns and a giant surprise at the end that is both startling and satisfying.

If you are really into classic murder mysteries or legal thrillers, you will love this book. It has everything you could ask for.

The narrator, Dick Hill, is fabulous! He is a master of suspense and his pacing is perfect.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Snoodely
  • Santa Barbara, CA United States
  • 10-07-09

The wages of obsession

"Line of Vision" definitely holds the listener's attention. David Ellis has concocted an intricate, convoluted plot that delivers plenty of surprises. Anyone who likes legal thrillers will enjoy this audiobook. Dick Hill does a good job of reading it, not succumbing to his earlier tendency to over-act and sniff. We don't know whether we like or dislike the protagonist until the denouement: his obsession with a married woman works against him, but his courage in her defense works for him. I only docked a star because of the unlikely plot; but Ellis' good writing successfully helps us suspend disbelief most of the way.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Ed
  • Saint Augustine, FL, United States
  • 04-26-10

Hope Ellis doesn't have the sophomore jinx

This was an excellent novel and one that keeps you guessing with twists and turns that, upon reflection, are quite plausible. With about three hours to go I thought I had the conclusion completely figured out. I didn't. Throughout the book you're not sure whether you should root for or against Marty. You're not sure if you like him or not. The quick cuts in time sequences might at times cause some confusion for the listener, but the confusion clears up as the monologue progresses. Writing from a single point of view worked better than I anticipated and I think Ellis pulled it off as well as it could have been done. Dick Hill did his usual fine job of narration. This listen exceeded my expectations and I think it will do the same for many.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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gripping story

The author is excellent at creating believable courtroom strategy and testimony. This story kept pulling me toward its conclusion. Narrator Dick Hill does an excellent job!!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great book.

Fun to listen to. I enjoyed this book quite a bit and recommend it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Windy but Worth It

This novel had numerous twists and Dick Hill's narration was terrific as usual. Although a bit long winded the unusual storytelling made it worth the wait. A mystery wrapped in a riddle hidden in an enigma. Fun stuff.

Recommended

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Line of Vision

Any additional comments?

Line of Vision is approximately 15 hours of listening, read by the estimable Dick Hill. This audiobook has been in my reading listing since 2009, about time I listened! Released by Brilliance Audio in early 2008, the book was originally published as a hardback in 2001 - so it’s been around a while. There are actually more ratings on Audible than reviews on Amazon, interesting. Maybe that has to do with audiobook fans searching for ‘Dick Hill’?

Dick Hill is one of those few readers that, with their talent, will take a mediocre story and create a terrific audiobook. Well, he has much more than mediocre to work with in Line of Vision.

The book is a good one, winner of the 2002 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. The story is told from the viewpoint of Marty Kalish. Marty is in the midst of an illicit affair with a married co-worker’s wife, Rachael Rhinheart. The reader immediately is convinced, as are the police, that Marty murdered Rachael’s husband. Mystery solved, right? Well, not really.

In this cat and mouse police procedural, the guilt of Marty Kalish seems to be cut and dried. But, as the story progresses, the reader is gradually made uncertain. Therein is the substance of Line of Vision. Did Marty commit this murder? Did Rachael? You’ll begin to wonder. And, at the same time, enjoy one hell of a nice murder mystery. Enjoy!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful