Believing he’s the target of a frame-up, geeky loner James Drinker hires defense attorney Jason Kolarich to take his case. Two women he knows have recently been murdered, seemingly by the same killer, and Drinker thinks he’ll be the police’s main suspect. Something about Drinker seems off from the start, but Kolarich doesn’t give it too much thought. Until another murder occurs. And then another.
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 the target of the frame-up isn’t Drinker, but Kolarich.
Faced with a murder charge and unable to 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 killings, and why he’s been set up to take the fall. The answers will be beyond anything he could have imagined.
David Ellis is the author of seven novels, including Line of Vision for which he won the Edgar Award. An attorney from Chicago, he currently serves as Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and was recently… More about David Ellis
“Following the complicated twists, turns, and double crosses…will keep readers guessing. [A] vintage Ellis thriller.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“A complex courtroom thriller filled with tension and twists as the protagonist stands trial for murder…Ellis ranks among the best writers in the genre, and this book will keep readers entertained from start to finish.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Ellis conceals and reveals information like a skilled poker player…the plot twists keep readers guessing throughout.”—Publishers Weekly
“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.”—Booklist
“Exciting, fresh, and suspenseful.”—Shelf Awareness (starred review)