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Breach of Trust by David Ellis

Breach of Trust
Berkley Prime Crime
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group

A Jason Kolarich Novel
Available Now In Paperback

Jason has lost his wife and baby daughter. He should have been in the car with them. He was more familiar with road. Instead he was waiting for a call that never came. He was waiting for an informant to call with vital information, but the informant was murdered before he could place the call. Jason carries the guilt of not only losing his family but the informant had a wife and kids too.

Jason now has the opportunity to find the killer and bring him to justice. But the FBI is on to his plan as it collides with a probe of their own. He is forced into a game of wiretaps, listening devices, and danger, to help get the answers he needs and the information the FBI wants. The informant was just the tip of the iceberg. Corruption runs deep and wide, hopefully he can make it out alive.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
A corrupt governor in Illinois, no way. Ellis writes this book after serving as House Prosecutor that convicted Governor Ron Blagojevich in the impeachment trial before the Illinois Senate. He writes what he knows. This is quite a political drama.

We were introduced to Jason in Ellis’ The Hidden Man. I was really looking forward to this story after reading that one. Jason Kolarich is a guy trying to do the right thing so you are naturally rooting for the truth to prevail.  

My only reservation about this story is that while very entertaining,  the book was written so that it could be read as a stand alone. A lot of pages were filled with things from the previous book with few real necessary additions. Coming in at 546 pages the repetition took away in places what could have been a tight page turning novel. It was wonderful that the truth was revealed and came together, but having read the first book it dragged in spots. The last third of the book was completely page turning and exciting. The suspense part came through  a little more in this one. 

Truthfully these books could be read in any order. I would start with this one and if you want, check out The Hidden Man.  I see The Wrong Man (Jason Kolarich) is coming out June 28, 2012. I will look forward to the next installment. David Ellis is also teaming up with James Patterson for the anxiously awaited Guilty Wives out on March 26.

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The Hidden Man by David Ellis

The Hidden Man
G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Published by The Penguin Group

Jason Kolarich is a young, successful, smart attorney. Former college linebacker and a bit of a smart-ass. He is coming off a huge win in a very high profile case. He is also struggling to come to grips with a terrible tragedy that turned his life inside out.

Enter Mr. Smith. He has a case that Jason has to take on and there is only one month until the case comes to trial. He soon learns that the client is a childhood friend. Twenty-seven years ago two year old Audrey Cutler was taken from her home. The child’s body is never found. The police have a suspect but could never nail down enough evidence to convict him. Jason was close to this family. Audrey’s brother Sammy and Jason were like brothers. Sammy has been accused of murdering the man everyone thought murdered his sister. Mr. Smith demands Jason get Sammy acquitted without delay. He even provides witnesses and other possible suspects. Jason just has to follow Smith’s lead and free Sammy.

Of course Jason can’t just follow, he needs to dig to get to the truth even if he puts his own life in danger.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This is an author that knows his subject. He is an attorney with vast experience and it shows in his writing.

The plot is multifaceted with a really unexpected twist. The characters are razor sharp, some like Jason are instantly likable, but Mr. Smith is untrustworthy from the get go. 

The are parts of the story that are exciting but not edge of your seat thrilling. I feel this story is a wonderful crime drama that will keep you guessing as secrets are revealed.

This story makes me want to read more of this authors’s work and more about Jason Kolarich. Kola like Cola – Rich like rich. I will be reviewing the next book in the series Breach of Trustnext week!

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This book was from my private collection.