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David Ellis

Born: 1967 in Downers Grove, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Ellis was born in Downers Grove and graduated from University of Illinois and Northwestern University Law School. He currently resides outside Chicago.

Biography: David Ellis is a lawyer and award-winning author of over a dozen novels. As a lawyer, Dave prosecuted and convicted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in the Impeachment trial before the Illinois Senate. He has served as Special Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and argued dozens of cases at the trial and appellate levels, specializing in constitutional law. In December, 2014, Ellis was sworn in as the youngest-serving Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District.

  • '''''Line of Vision'''''
  • -- Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American Author, 2002 '''''The Hidden Man'''''
  • -- Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • -- 2016 ILLINOIS READS Book

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Breach of trust /
ISBN: 0425245861 OCLC: 712116991

G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York : ©2012.

Blaming himself for the deaths of his wife, his infant daughter, and an informant a year earlier, vigilante Jason Kolarich is forced by the FBI to bring down the organization of a corrupt governor of Illinois, a case that reveals devastating truths about his family's deaths.

Eye of the beholder /
ISBN: 0399154337 OCLC: 79001592

G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York : ©2007.

Having built a successful career based on his famous prosecution of a serial killer fifteen years earlier, attorney Paul Riley realizes that his past case has eerie ties to a new series of murders and that the killer has an agenda aimed specifically at Paul himself.

Guilty wives :
ISBN: 0446571881 OCLC: 840823292

Vision, New York : 2013, ©2012.

Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. For four days they're free to live someone else's life. As the weekend moves into pulsating discos, high-stakes casinos, and beyond, Abbie is transported to the greatest pleasure and release she has ever known. Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened--something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. And now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime--for survival.

In the company of liars /
ISBN: 0399152474 OCLC: 56419088

G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York : ©2005.

A thriller told in reverse centers on a woman who is undergoing a murder trial overseen by a prosecutor who is strongly pursuing a death penalty and an FBI agent who would force the defendant to betray her family.

Invisible /
ISBN: 1455585033 OCLC: 860755453

On leave from her FBI researcher career, Emmy Dockery tries to convince her boyfriend that hundreds of unsolved cases are linked to a single perpetrator.

Jury of one /
ISBN: 0399151494 OCLC: 53130734

G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York : ©2004.

Shelly Trotter, an able and determined lawyer and a children's rights advocate, is thrust into a world in which she's completely unschooled -- the criminal court. Her client is a seventeen-year-old accused of killing a policeman, and she begins to suspect that he may have been involved in an undercover operation to entrap dirty cops, though his role in the scheme remains unclear. Was he the target or the bait -- and what does the prosecution really have against him?

Life sentence /
ISBN: 0399149791 OCLC: 50091635

G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York : 2003.

Years after a party that resulted in a teen's death, Jon Soliday, legal counsel to a politician and close childhood friend who is running for governor, realizes with horror that his fellow partygoers are being killed off.

Line of vision
ISBN: 9781847245700 OCLC: 225445934

Quercus, London : 2008.

Mistress /
ISBN: 1455515892 OCLC: 806015251

"Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia-and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life. Ben soon discovers that the woman he pined for was hiding a shocking double life. And now someone is out to stop Ben from uncovering the truth about Diana's illicit affairs"--Publisher's web site.

Murder house
ISBN: 9780099594888 OCLC: 954253343

The large house on the beach front in Bridgehampton has an infamous history. An elderly couple died in a fire that destroyed the building, but everyone in town knows that the fire was no accident - it was murder. The house was rebuilt, but the horror of the events that took place there still remains. And now two more dead bodies have been found in the ill-fated house - a young couple brutally killed. The police arrest local resident Noah Walker, but have they got the right man? And what other secrets could the murder house be hiding?

The hidden man /
ISBN: 0425237419 OCLC: 617551052

Berkley Prime Crime, New York : 2011, ©2009.

Attorney Jason Kolarich is a Midwestern everyman with a lineman's build and an easy sarcastic remark. He's young, intelligent, and driven, but he's also saddled with an overwhelming emotional burden, one that threatens to unravel his own life, and possibly the lives of those around him.

The last alibi /
ISBN: 0425267741 OCLC: 863194654

Berkley Publishing, New York : 2014.

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.

The murder house /
ISBN: 0316410985 OCLC: 898086923

No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multimillion-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it's known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance. Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn't been back since she was a girl. Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York City cop hardly expects her lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity. But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Jenna experienced in Manhattan. And what at first seems like an open and shut case turns out to have as many shocking secrets as the Murder House itself, as Jenna quickly realizes that the mansion's history is much darker than even the town's most salacious gossips could have imagined. As more bodies surface, and the secret that Jenna has tried desperately to escape closes in on her, she must risk her own life to expose the truth -- before the Murder House claims another victim.

The wrong man /
ISBN: 0425251942 OCLC: 761846599

When Jason Kolarich accepts the case of a homeless Iraq War veteran accused of murdering a young paralegal, his course seems clear: to mount an insanity defense for a man suffering so badly from post-traumatic stress disorder that he has no real memory of the crime. But as Kolarich digs deeper, he realizes that, unlikely as it seems, his client is probably innocent. Only days before her death, the murdered paralegal had stumbled onto something she wasn't supposed to know ... information that someone would kill to keep secret. Her murder was no random crime but a targeted hit, and the wrong man was charged. As Jason Kolarich races to discover the truth in time to save his client, he finds himself embroiled in a mystery involving the Mob, a mysterious assassin known only as "Gin Rummy," and a conspiracy of wealthy international terrorists with explosive plans for his city. With thousands of lives at stake, Kolarich has more on the line than ever before ... and time is running out.

Unsolved /
ISBN: 0316419826 OCLC: 1052877265

FBI agent Emmy Dockery is absolutely relentless. She's young and driven, and her unique skill at seeing connections others miss has brought her an impressive string of arrests. But a shocking new case unfolding across the country has left her utterly baffled. The victims all appear to have died by accident, and have seemingly nothing in common. But this many deaths can't be coincidence. And the killer is somehow one step ahead of every move Dockery makes. How? To FBI special agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, everyone in the FBI is a suspect -- particularly Emmy Dockery. (The fact that she's his ex-fiancée doesn't make it easier.) But someone else is watching Dockery. Studying, learning, waiting. Until it's the perfect time to strike.