David Ellis is a lawyer and award-winning author of nine novels.
As an author, Dave won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel for LINE OF VISION. Since then, he has published LIFE SENTENCE, JURY OF ONE, IN THE COMPANY OF LIARS and EYE OF THE BEHOLDER.
In 2009, THE HIDDEN MAN debuted Dave’s series character, Jason Kolarich. THE HIDDEN MAN was nominated for the L.A. Times Book Prize and Barry Award. His second Jason Kolarich novel, BREACH OF TRUST, was based in part on the scandal involving impeached Governor Rod Blagojevich and was recently released in paperback as well. Dave’s third Jason Kolarich novel, THE WRONG MAN, was released on June 28, 2012 and has been nominated for the Silver Dagger Award for outstanding legal thriller.
Dave’s fourth Jason Kolarich thriller, THE LAST ALIBI, was released on August 1, 2013. In ALIBI, Jason meets a new client who fears he’ll be the prime suspect in a pair of gruesome murders. But as the body count of young women in the city mounts, Jason soon realizes that he is the prime suspect. Is his client a serial killer? And with the restrictions of lawyer-client confidentiality, how can Jason stop his client and keep himself out of prison?
GUILTY WIVES, Dave’s first novel co-authored with bestseller James Patterson, was released in March of 2012. The international thriller, which chronicles the story of four frustrated wives who vacation in Monte Carlo and end up the most wanted criminals in French history, spent over two months on the New York Times bestseller list.
On August 5, 2013, his second novel with James Patterson, MISTRESS, was released. MISTRESS features Benjamin Casper, a man tortured by paranoia, his mind constantly scrolling through pop-culture references and presidential trivia, who obsesses over a woman who meets an untimely death when she falls from a sixth-story balcony. Ben’s chase to discover her killer sends him into the deep waters of international espionage and dark military secrets from decades ago --- and could bring down a sitting U.S. president.
Dave’s novels have been sold worldwide and have been translated into Italian, Japanese, German, Dutch, French, Polish, Czech, Bulgarian and Spanish.
As a lawyer, Dave prosecuted and convicted Governor Rod Blagojevich in the Impeachment trial before the Illinois Senate. He currently serves as Special Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. He has argued dozens of cases at the trial and appellate levels, specializing in constitutional law.
Dave currently lives near Chicago with his wife Susan, their children Abigail, Julia and Jonathan, and their pug, Otis.