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Bestseller Ellis conceals and reveals information like a skilled poker player in his strong fourth legal thriller featuring Midwestern attorney Jason Kolarich (after 2012's The Wrong Man). Jason, who's on trial for murder, is sure of only one thing: if he testifies, he won't tell the truth. The clock turns back six months to when Jason meets beautiful court reporter Alexa Himmel, whom he's soon dating. He also has an odd-looking new client, James Drinker, who tells Jason that he's afraid that he'll be accused of murder. Jason and his partner, Shauna Tasker, begin to suspect that Drinker is guilty of murder, though the victim's identity isn't revealed until halfway through the book. Meanwhile, Jason appears to be battling a simple illness that turns out to be something a lot more sinister. Ellis's own background as an attorney gives weight to the courtroom scenes, and the plot twists keep readers guessing throughout. Agent: Susanna Einstein, L.J.K. Literary Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Defense attorney Jason Kolarich (The Wrong Man, 2012) has always thrived on the courtroom's adrenaline rush, but pain and medications from a recent injury have dulled his interest. So, when new client James Drinker claims he's being framed for murder, Jason is not firing on all cylinders. As a preemptive strategy, he maps out the techniques the killer may be using to implicate his client. But Jason has missed cues suggesting that Drinker isn't who he claims to be, leaving Jason the unsuspecting target when Drinker uses those techniques to incriminate his lawyer in a string of murders on Chicago's North Side. Jason's clouded memory holds the key to Drinker's identity and motive for revenge, but he can't retrieve it in time to avoid arrest. The playing field then moves to the courtroom, Jason's turf, where he responds with an impressive but risky volley of Perry Masonesque maneuvers. Ellis' plotting is playful yet airtight and infused with enough warped psychology to provide lip-chewing thrills. This fourth Jason Kolarich novel is an excellent choice for readers who seek connections with powerful characters.--Tran, Christine Copyright 2010 Booklist