The Hidden Man

The Hidden Man

Book - 2009
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Another exhilarating thriller from Edgar Award winner David Ellis, introducing the new series protagonist Jason Kolarich.

J ason 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.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2009
ISBN: 9780399155796
Branch Call Number: FIC Elli
Characteristics: 325p

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cluhowy
Jun 12, 2018

I don't know why it has taken me until now (2018) to discover David Ellis' first book in series with Jason Kolarich, lawyer, as the main character. I am an avid reader of thrillers, murder, crime and police procedurals, but can't recall ever having read any of Ellis' previous novels. There is always the slim chance I have forgotten having read any of his books written prior to 2009 (that's a joke because the memory sure ain't what it used to be!) It matters not because this book is the first in a series and I was hooked from the first few pages. Excellent writing, interesting and plausible story, characters...this book has everything I anticipate when I dive into a crime novel. Loved it and I'm thankful there are 3 more in this series, the last one written in 2013. I can only hope Ellis has taken a sabbatical from writing about Jason Kolarich, (would Ellis really need 5 years to come up with number 5 in this series?) It would be a real shame if book 4 (The Last Alibi) was the last in the series. Although published in 2009, this book does not feel "dated" and was thoroughly enjoyable!

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brianwalsh1948
Jan 29, 2017

Really good read. Couldn't put it down. Jason really puts the screws to those that wrong him and those he cares about.

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Doris527
Sep 29, 2015

Very good book and easy to read. Found myself wanting to stay up late to finish the book.

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chgarland
Feb 02, 2015

This was a very fast read, and I liked the main character however, in spite of never going to the gym that I could see, he is still able to beat the crap out of people, breaking arms and decking men at will. So that was a bit unbelievable. The plot was good - I did not see the ending coming in spite of having all my antennae up (because my sister who recommended this told me she didn't see it coming either). The back-up characters - well, it's hard to say when a book is the first of a series. Is the other lawyer there for a future love interest, or is she there to be a lawyer? Is the brother there to constantly be getting in scrapes, or will he be useful? Will the ex-con best friend be there to get in trouble or to help out with "the street" (a trope that I wish would die a horrible and flaming death)? Thing is, I don't know that I care enough to read any more in the series to find out.

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Reginald Wickes
Mar 07, 2011

Well written and a lot of twists and turns.

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nhoj
Dec 06, 2010

Unknown man hires a lawyer to defend an old friend. Not bad.

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