The last alibi

David Ellis, 1967-

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Genres
Legal stories
Suspense fiction
Published
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons 2013.
Language
English
Physical Description
pages cm
ISBN
9780399158803
0399158804
Main Author
David Ellis, 1967- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

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. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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.) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Imbibing in drugs, alcohol and casual sex after a traumatic case, Jason Kolarich resists the advances of a beautiful woman who is not who she seems at the same time he is hired to defend a serial killer who subsequently disappears in the wake of violent attacks. By the Edgar Award-winning author of Guilty Wives.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Indulging in drugs, alcohol, and casual sex after a traumatic case, Jason Kolarich resists the advances of a beautiful woman who is not who she seems at the same time he is hired to defend a serial killer who subsequently disappears.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Defense attorney Jason Kolarich is back in another edge-of-your-seat thriller . . . and this time he may find himself in over his head, in more ways than one. James Drinker is a bit of an oddball. A funny-looking, geeky loner, he walks into Jason Kolarich’s office one day with a preemptive concern: two women have recently been murdered, seemingly by the same killer, and Drinker thinks he will be the police’s main suspect. One woman was his ex-girlfriend, he says, and the other was a friend. He’s the only link between the victims and he has no alibi for the night of either murder?surely the police will realize it soon. Believing he’s the target of a frame-up, Drinker hires Kolarich for his defense. Something about James Drinker seems off from the start, but Kolarich doesn’t give it too much thought. Until another murder occurs. And then another. And as he begins to probe his client’s life and story more closely, it quickly becomes clear that nothing about James Drinker is what it seems . . . and that the target of the frame-up isn’t Drinker, but Kolarich. Unable to stop a serial killer?and prove his own innocence?without breaking his sworn attorney-client privilege, Jason Kolarich must hunt for the truth about James Drinker, the series of brutal murders, and why he’s been set up to take the fall. The answers will be beyond anything he could have imagined.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Defense attorney Jason Kolarich is back in another edge-of-your-seat thriller . . . and this time he may find himself in over his head, in more ways than one.James Drinker is a bit of an oddball. A funny-looking, geeky loner, he walks into Jason Kolarich’s office one day with a preemptive concern: two women have recently been murdered, seemingly by the same killer, and Drinker thinks he will be the police’s main suspect. One woman was his ex-girlfriend, he says, and the other was a friend. He’s the only link between the victims and he has no alibi for the night of either murder—surely the police will realize it soon. Believing he’s the target of a frame-up, Drinker hires Kolarich for his defense.Something about James Drinker seems off from the start, but Kolarich doesn’t give it too much thought. Until another murder occurs. And then another. And as he begins to probe his client’s life and story more closely, it quickly becomes clear that nothing about James Drinker is what it seems . . . and that the target of the frame-up isn’t Drinker, but Kolarich.Unable to stop a serial killer—and prove his own innocence—without breaking his sworn attorney-client privilege, Jason Kolarich must hunt for the truth about James Drinker, the series of brutal murders, and why he’s been set up to take the fall. The answers will be beyond anything he could have imagined.