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READ PDF ⚸ The Hidden Man ë Another exhilarating thriller from Edgar Award winner David Ellis, introducing the new series protagonist Jason Kolarich 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 himTwenty 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 convictedThe 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 yearsBut 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 The story starts when young toddler Audrey Cutler is taken from her bedroom in the middle of the night Cops later find convicted sex offender Griffin Perlini in the neighborhood, and find pictures of the girl in his house Without further evidence though, they are unable to convict Audrey s brother Sammy watches his family fall apart His sister is presumed murdered, his father disappears, and a few years later his mother dies.Jason Kolarich was Sammy s best friend when they were young But Ja The story starts when young toddler Audrey Cutler is taken from her bedroom in the middle of the night Cops later find convicted sex offender Griffin Perlini in the neighborhood, and find pictures of the girl in his house Without further evidence though, they are unable to convict Audrey s brother Sammy watches his family fall apart His sister is presumed murdered, his father disappears, and a few years later his mother dies.Jason Kolarich was Sammy s best friend when they were young But Jason discovered a talent for football and got a scholarship to college Now he s the defense attorney being paid by a mysterious stranger to defend Sammy from the murder of Griffin Perlini.I was completely engaged with this story, watching Jason struggle to recover from the accidental death of his wife and young daughter, and being forced out of his despair by a debt to an old friend And who is Smith, the mysterious man who insists Jason defend Sammy and clear him of all charges without any delays And how far will Smith go to ensure Sammy s release, and why All questions are brought to a satisfying conclusion A very nice start to a new series The main character of Jason is completely and sympathetically drawn, with enough of the secondary characters to make me look forward to reading the next in the series Choosing to begin a new series, I turned to David Ellis, with whom I am familiar through his collaborative writing Focussing on his standalone work, I turned to this legal thriller, which kept me riveted throughout the process and begging forthankfully, there are threebooks Little Audrey Cutler is taken from her bed one night in 1980, stolen from under her mother s watchful eye The police turn their attention immediately to Griffin Perlini, a known paedophile in the area Howeve Choosing to begin a new series, I turned to David Ellis, with whom I am familiar through his collaborative writing Focussing on his standalone work, I turned to this legal thriller, which kept me riveted throughout the process and begging forthankfully, there are threebooks Little Audrey Cutler is taken from her bed one night in 1980, stolen from under her mother s watchful eye The police turn their attention immediately to Griffin Perlini, a known paedophile in the area However, Perkins denies having anything to do with it and Audrey cannot be found anywhere on the premises Twenty six years later, Audrey s older brother, Sammy, runs into Perlini in public Soon thereafter, Perlini is found murdered and Sammy is the most likely suspect When criminal lawyer Jason Kolarich is approached by a mysterious Mr Smith to defend Sammy Cutler, he is not sure he wants the case, A best friend to Sammy in their childhood, Kolarich remembers the tragedy well and is not sure if he can be of proper assistance However, this Mr Smith is quite convincing and Kolarich agrees to take the case, but is forbidden to seek any continuances or additional forensics Under great pressure, Kolarich begins his defence prep, trying not only to ensure his client s innocence, but build a case against Griffin Perlini, if only to give Sammy an out for having committed the crime In the midst of the preparation, Kolarich learns that his brother has been nabbed with guns and drugs, likely facing a long time in jail Juggling these two cases simultaneously, Kolarich learns that there isto each case than meets the eye and that Mr Smith may not be a Good Samaritan, but a man with an agenda all his own Fighting against the clock and the legal hurdles before him, Jason Kolarich will have to show his acumen as a defence attorney, or someone will surely suffer, both emotionally and physically A wonderful start to an intriguing series, David Ellis has me hooked Recommended for those who love a well plotted legal thriller as well ad the reader who enjoys getting lost in the fast pace of a great novel.I have long known of David Ellis as one of the stronger collaborators with a very popular author, but I wanted to see some of his work where he might be able to come out from the shadows Ellis does well on his own, crafting powerful legal thrillers that never stop developing Jason Kolarich is a wonderful protagonist, whose life has not always been very easy Growing up in an abusive household, Kolarich learned early to fight his own battles and protect those closest to him This determination served him well when he and Sammy Culter were kids and spilled onto the football field when he made it to college However, anger may have clouded his judgment, something that Kolarich had to nip in the bud in order to properly defend his clients Gritty and stopping at little, Kolarich is ready to defend those who need him, while pushing others out of his way Other characters serve to develop the plot well, impeding Kolarich ruthlessly, but also helping to extract the best information possible Ellis has created a handful of wonderful characters who enrich the novel in many ways The reader is treated to countless flavours throughout the book, all of which blend together effectively With a strong plot and a few legal cases that are time sensitive, Ellis pulls the reader into the middle of the story quickly and never loses the momentum to keep the piece on track With a mix of short and longer chapters, the reader is ready to tackle a little, which ends up being a sizeable chunk This series debut has me wanting a whole lot , something that bodes well as I binge this series.Kudos, Mr Ellis, for this fabulous legal thriller I am not sure why I waited so long to read your solo work Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge You have to love a guy who can prosecute the impeachment trial against Rod Blagojevich and write a crackling crime novel at the same time Chicago lawyer David Ellis has done that with this book, and even if the McGuffin is a little far fetched don t worry, you won t need spoiler alerts here , Ellis has produced a well paced novel with good Chicago characters and a satisfying outcome.Attorney Jason Kolarich begins the story at a low point His wife and young daughter have died in an accident an You have to love a guy who can prosecute the impeachment trial against Rod Blagojevich and write a crackling crime novel at the same time Chicago lawyer David Ellis has done that with this book, and even if the McGuffin is a little far fetched don t worry, you won t need spoiler alerts here , Ellis has produced a well paced novel with good Chicago characters and a satisfying outcome.Attorney Jason Kolarich begins the story at a low point His wife and young daughter have died in an accident and he blames himself, even though he wasn t directly responsible Then, a mysterious visitor promises him a bundle of money to take a case on behalf of an old childhood friend When they were boys, Jason and Sammy Cutler lived through the abduction and disappearance of Sammy s sister Now Sammy is accused of killing the child molestor who may have abducted her, even though there was never enough evidence to convict him And Kolarich s visitor wants Jason to take the case, but only do what Mr Smith asks him to, no.Well, you can write the next chapter Jason is a contrarian, and as he delvesdeeply into the case, the other side gets nervous, then angry, and suddenly, another person Jason loves is in jeopardy.How he plays his restricted hand and how the plot unfolds drive the rest of the book, and drive it well I m not the kind who usually guesses the solution in the first or second chapter that s my wife s territory but I enjoyed the ride on this one.Well worth the read Finished the audiobook in May 2011 I can barely remember the story, now, so I can t really review it fairly Perhaps I ll reread it and then move on to the others if I like it.