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  • Paperback: 597 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime; Reprint edition (3 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425267741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425267745
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 3.2 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Praise for "The Last Alibi"

"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)

Praise for "The Last Alibi"
"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)

Praise for"The Last Alibi"
Following the complicated twists, turns, and double crosses...will keep readers guessing.[A] vintage Ellis thriller. "Fort WorthStar-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, andthis 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)"

About the Author

David Ellis is the author of eleven highly acclaimed thrillers, including 2 written with James Patterson, most recently "Mistress."He is an attorney in Chicago who served as the House Prosecutor who tried and impeached Governor Rod Blagojevich before the Illinois Senate."


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This is the first book by David Ellis I have read, and I thought it was excellent. I was expecting a mediocre thriller, but in actual fact I found it hard to put down! There are several plot threads running together, and it is told from several people's viewpoints, and jumps back and forwards to different points in time. Additionally, the synopsis on the back doesn't really give anything away about the direction the story takes. I will be definitely be reading more of his books.
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Fast delivery Thank you, bargain as well
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A good legal thriller
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4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner not to be missed. 1 Aug. 2013
By michael a. draper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"The Last Alibi" is the latest thriller from David Ellis, the Edgar Award winner who has written eight previous novels. Last year, he co-wrote the "New York Times" bestseller "Guilty Wives" with James Patterson.

Jason Kolarich is a hotshot attorney who has been on both the prosecuting and defense side of the courtroom. In this story, he's fighting off the effects of oxycodone addiction.

Maybe his mind wasn't as sharp as normal but he agrees to see a man who tells him his name and that he will be accused of murdering two women that he knew but had nothing to do with the crimes. He's sure that he's being set-up. Jason tries to get the man to go to the police but the man is unwilling to do so and Jason is bound by the attorney, client privilege.

Two other women are murdered and Jason feels obligated to let the authorities know about his client. When he sends the authorities information, the client calls Jason and tells him he knows Jason betrayed his trust and will suffer the consequences.

Jason ends up in jail being tried for murder. He's being defended by his best friend and partner Shauna Tasker. From this point on, the novel moves from the events in the trial to events in the months leading up to the trial. An additional character, court reporter, Alexa Himmel,approaches Jason and during the turmoil of what is going on, Alexa and Jason develop a relationship.

Jason's co-workers are concerned with Alexa and wonder if she's everything she claimed and Jason's intuition tells him that he should be wary of what is going on as Alexa becomes more and more assertive.

There are many twists and surprises in the novel which Ellis manages to write while creating gut wrenching suspense. The story moves with lightning speed and my fingers were shaking as I turned the pages. It is also one of those one of those excellent books that the reading is so intense that the reader put off other jobs in order to finish the story.

I received a free copy of this book from Librarything early reviewers and intend on going back to see if there are other books from this author so I can add them to my list.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book BUT 24 Aug. 2013
By maggierose - Published on Amazon.com
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I have just finished reading "The Hidden Man" and then "The Last Alibi". I loved them both but feel "Last Alibi" was so much better. That is one you cannot put down! However, I am SO confused about a couple of things. In "The Hidden Man", Kolarich is constantly mourning his wife and daughter Emily. But at about 70% through the book, he remembers a birthday dinner he had with his in-laws and his pregnant wife (pregnant with his son) and his daughter Emily, who he lets carry the birthday cake to the table, and he mentions how his mother-in-law passes his other daughter, a baby, Justine over to his wife Talia. Yet that daughter Justine is never again mentioned? How can that be?
He also talks in his "Hidden Man" how his wife Talia went to 3 different high schools because her dad worked for K-Mart and traveled the country opening up new stores. Then in "Last Alibi" he writes the same thing about the new girlfriend Alexa. Alex's dad traveled the country opening up new K-Marts and Alexa went to 3 different high schools. These types of what I call ERRORS bother me greatly so I don't know if I can keep reading David Ellis. I have tried to find a facebook page for David Ellis or somewhere I can contact him and ask him about this but am unable to locate anything. If you know of a way, please let me know!
But "The Last Alibi" was one of the best I have read and highly recommend it. The inconsistencies aren't noticeable if you haven't read "The Hidden Man".
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Satisfying Read 1 Aug. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The plot of THE LAST ALIBI goes from twist and turns to cartwheels and somersaults. There are hints and flashbacks and lies and remembering. And it works extremely well.
The story is told from the perspective of two law partners. It begins with Jason Kolarich, a successful lawyer specializing in criminal defense cases, on trial for murder. His lawyer is his partner and best friend, Shauna Tasker.
Two and a five-line fraction pages later, it goes back six months with Kolarich defending a wealthy teenager who was arrested for the possession of two grams of crack cocaine. Kolarich’s plan is to show that his client was profiled: He was the only white person in a black area, and the discovery of the crack was the result of an illegal search. (This part of the story was eerily reminiscent of the George Zimmerman trial in Florida which ended last week.)
After the tragic deaths of his wife and daughter, Kolarich was prescribed Oxycodone to deal with the pain accompanying knee surgery. He refused to admit he was having any problems and became a serious addict.
A somewhat strange man, James Drinker, soon came to Kolarich’s office and said he was being framed for the murder of two women he knew and didn’t know how to protect himself. He said he expected the police to be questioning him soon and wanted Kolarich’s help. They meet together twice but all their other contact is by telephone: Drinker doesn’t give Kolarich his telephone number but calls him from a throw-away phone.
An additional main character, court reporter Alexa Himmel, joined the story when she brought a copy of the court proceedings to Kolarich’s home. They quickly developed an intimate relationship and she moved into his life which affected his relationships with other people as well as his addiction.
As the story progressed, more women are killed and the media began referring to the killer as the North Side Slasher. Kolarich began thinking that Drinker was the murderer and tried to figure out how to stop him without breaking his legal obligation of attorney-client privilege.
As Alexa became more involved in Kolarich’s life, she tried to drive away his other friends and support his addiction. He learned that Drinker was using both an alias an a disguise. He also realized he, Kolarich, had a connection with each of the victims and that other women he knew were potential victims. He attempted to stop the killings.
Then things changed. Kolarich determined that he was being framed for the killings and had to figure out who he knew or had known that would go after him by killing women and making it seem that Kolarich was the murderer. That became even more important when he was arrested for the murder of someone whose body was found in his home. He had no alibi.
The book was a well-written page-turner. It offered some interesting insight for some of the characters. While doodling on his legal pad, Kolarich recalled his mother saying “You have a flare for art, boy, but she was talking to my brother.”
Shauna talks about how life changed for her when her girlfriends got married and had children while her focus was her career. Their availability to get together decreased, and she either felt left out of the conversations when they talked about their husbands and children or awkward when they would deliberately change the subject so she would not feel left out, making her feel they were pitying her.
My one complaint is not unique to this book, unfortunately. I call it the James Patterson influence because I first noticed it in his books. (Ellis co-wrote two of those books.) I believe too many authors have a low expectation of the intelligence of their readers and have too many too short chapters. I mentioned the first chapter at the start. All the chapters are short, even some that follow the previous one with the same setting, characters, and time. This 465-page book could have been 150 pages shorter with fewer chapters and eliminating all the white space between chapters. Probably at least a forest could also have been saved with the need for less paper.
I received a Early Reviewers copy of this book from LibraryThing and plan to read his previous eight Jason Kolarich books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Convoluted court room thriller 31 Jan. 2014
By L. Weschler - Published on Amazon.com
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I had not read books by David Ellis before. This was highly recommended by several reviewers at Amazon and elsewhere. I was disappointed for several reasons. I dislike use of first person shifting chapter by chapter, character by character. Further, the motives of various characters are disguised by the author creating false tension and suspense. The ending is too pat. I probably will not read other books in the series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional book 14 Aug. 2013
By Reacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Earlier reviewers have done an excellent job of describing the way players are developed, and the mesmerizing way the plot unfolds, with its dual first person narrative. I have nothing to add to them but to agree. I read 2-3 books a week, and this is easily in the top 3 for the year thus far. Ellis' talents seem to grow with each chapter in this series. His feel and nuance for characters and their interaction with one another is so far beyond most of what is put out these days...its just a pleasure to read. Its not often a novel over 450 pages goes by so quickly, but this one just flies. This review is fresh off of finishing the book, and not written in great detail, but I felt wanted to get my rating on board.
Why is he not a top shelf author? I don't get it. If you see a copy, grab it, sit back, and enjoy.
Note: my only problem was not with the author or his book, but with the publisher. Just when the plot was really rolling, around page 344, it skipped over 30 pages, to around 377, and duplicated the same segment again. Those pages were completely missing from the book, and I needed to get another copy to finish.
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