On a hot summer night in 1980, two-year-old Audrey Culter was snatched from her bedroom and never seen again....
Attorney Paul Riley has built a lucrative career on his famous prosecution of Terry Burgos, a serial killer who emulated the lyrics of a violent song to gruesomely murder six girls....
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....
Defending a surgeon in a malpractice case, Jake Lassiter begins to suspect that his client is innocent of negligence...but guilty of murder....
Jon Soliday is legal counsel to a powerful politician and childhood best friend who is running for governor. The two have shared political success and a dark secret from the summer of 1979....
In Jury of One, Shelly Trotter, an able and determined lawyer and a children's rights advocate, is thrust into a world in which she's completely unschooled - the criminal court....
Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago's chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book....
Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher....
James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie....
Number Seven Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multimillion-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its exterior hides a horrific past....
Meet Mike Daley. Ex-priest. Ex-public defender. And as of yesterday, ex-partner in one of San Francisco's most prominent law firms....
On the surface, the case that lands on young Dean Abernathy's desk is a biggie; he is slated to defend a homeless man accused of the felony murder of the police commissioner....
When a young reporter is found dead and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life....
Three years ago, Ellen Vicksburg went missing in the quiet town of River Remez, New Mexico. Her brother, Ben, could imagine nothing worse than never knowing what happened to her....
Told chronologically in reverse, from its enigmatic end to its brilliant beginning, it's centered around a woman on trial for murder....
A young man's obsessive investigation into his sister's death draws him into the path of a sadistic serial killer....
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.
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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!
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Where does The Wrong Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Better than the Lincoln Lawyer. Powerful business men, FBI, ex-marine, sarcastic lawyer, mafia and controlling unforgiving judge
Who was your favorite character and why?
Jason was my favorite. Sarcastic, funny and never gives up. Works the angles. Great at cross examination.
What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?
When he landed Jason onto his back in the cell
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
When all odds are are against you
Any additional comments?
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.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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!
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
I have really enjoyed all the Jason Kolarich stories. David Ellis is one of my favorites.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Great read/listen! If you are a fan of legal drama, murder, conspiracies, and a little sex, then this book is for you! David Ellis keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout this tense thriller and even though the end was a little predictable, he still had a zinger to deliver.
What did you like best about this story?
The interplay of the law, courtroom tactics, and the tension of dealing with the mob and their killers.
Which scene was your favorite?
The most tense scene was when Jason is caught in the alley with a gun to his head! But if I told you my favorite, it would give away too much!
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
&quot;Keep you friends close and your enemies closer!&quot; If you know one from the other!
If you could sum up The Wrong Man in three words, what would they be?
Engaging, fun characters, and an excellent reader. The judge for the court case described in this book was a bit ridiculous and I found that the court case had some issues as a result. However, the book is enjoyable and I would recommend it.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The plot really engaged me - except for the ruling made by the judge. I would have liked to see a bit more reality with this issue.
Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I really like Luke Daniels as a reader. He did a great job with this book
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
This story is complex with lots of different characters. Don't try to listen to it all in one sitting.
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
3 of 6 people found this review helpful