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David Ellis


David Ellis

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 in 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 in 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 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.

In 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.

David Ellis

Books by David Ellis

by James Patterson and David Ellis - Crime, Suspense, Thriller

A horrifying murder leads investigators to an unexpected address --- an exclusive brothel that caters to Chicago's most powerful citizens. There's plenty of incriminating evidence on the scene, but what matters most is what's missing: the madam's black book. Now shock waves are rippling through the city's elite, and everyone is desperate to find it. As everyone who's anyone in Chicago scrambles to get their hands on the elusive black book, no one's motives can be trusted.

by James Patterson and David Ellis - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multi-million-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons. 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. When a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead there, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Detective Jenna Murphy experienced as a New York City cop.

by James Patterson and David Ellis - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Not even Emmy's ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison "Books" Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of kidnappings, rapes and murders are all connected. That is, until she finds a piece of evidence he can't afford to ignore.

by James Patterson and David Ellis - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Unable to control his racing thoughts, Ben is consumed by his obsessions --- especially Diana Hotchkiss, who Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, his 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.

by David Ellis - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Two women have recently been murdered, seemingly by the same killer, and James Drinker thinks he will be the police’s main suspect. He is the only link between the victims and has no alibi for the night of either murder, so he hires Jason Kolarich for his defense. As Kolarich 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 that the target of the frame-up isn’t Drinker, but Kolarich.

by David Ellis - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

While on vacation in the Florida Keys, Kit Finn meets Matt Healy, a rugged stranger she literally bumps into at her hotel. He offers to cook her dinner when they’re both back in the city. But when Kit arrives at his luxury apartment ready for the date of a lifetime, she is shocked. How could she have been taken in by the deceptions of a con man? And why has he targeted her? Now the only way out is to expose the vicious puppet master who’s turned her life upside down.

by James Patterson and David Ellis - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous and sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Little did any of them know that they all would be arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. Now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime --- for survival.

by David Ellis - Fiction, Thriller

Jason Kolarich’s wife and daughter were killed while he was at the office, awaiting a call from a confidential informant named Ramirez --- a call that never came. He can't bring back his family, but he can find out who killed Ramirez and bring the killer to justice.