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The Hidden Man

by David Ellis

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The Hidden Man by David Ellis
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2009
    336 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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Jason Kolarich is a midwestern Everyman with a lineman's build and an easy smart-ass remark. He’s a young, intelligent maverick, but he’s also struggling with an overwhelming emotional burden—one that threatens to unravel his own life, and possibly the lives of those around him .

Twenty-seven years ago, two-year-old Audrey Cutler disappeared from her home in the middle of the night. She was never found. All the detectives had to go on were vague eyewitness accounts of a man running down the Cutlers' street, apparently carrying someone. Without enough evidence to suggest otherwise, Griffin Perlini—a neighbor with prior offenses against minors—was arrested, but never convicted.

The case is long closed when Perlini is murdered nearly thirty years later. Now a man named Mr. Smith appears in Jason Kolarich's office, saying only that he represents a third party who wants the man charged with murder off the hook and that Kolarich is perfect for the job. The new client: Audrey Cutler's older brother, Sammy—Kolarich's estranged childhood best friend—a man he hasn't seen in nearly twenty years.

But when Kolarich starts receiving violent threats from Mr. Smith’s enigmatic employer, he figures out that the secrecy behind this nameless third party—and the key to winning Sammy's case—is entangled with the mystery of Audrey's disappearance. With his own life and Sammy's in the balance, Kolarich has to put aside not only the mounting anxiety of the job but also a heart-wrenching personal tragedy in order to find out what really happened to Audrey all those years ago.

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"Starred Review. Ellis avoids clichés in a multilayered legal thriller that depends on precise character studies, an original plot and a surprising but logical twist at the end." - Publishers Weekly

"Edgar Award winner Ellis...has created an involving character...to build this new series around. Fans of Philip Margolin's thrillers, which shares similar pacing, grit, and character development, albeit with more violence, will enjoy this. " - Library Journal

"Plotting with Christie-like care, Edgar winner Ellis lifts the curtain on a promising new series." - Kirkus Reviews

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David Ellis

David Ellis is the author of five other novels, including Line of Vision for which he won the Edgar Award. An attorney from Chicago, he is currently Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and served as the impeachment prosecutor in the Governor Blagojevich trial.

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