Investment banker Marty Kalish is a man with something to hide. But what exactly? When Marty arrives at the house of his married lover only to see her being brutally beaten by her husband, he breaks into the house, and the next thing he knows, he is hiding the body of the murdered husband. Marty does everything to conceal his tracks, but with the ...
Investment banker Marty Kalish is a man with something to hide. But what exactly? When Marty arrives at the house of his married lover only to see her being brutally beaten by her husband, he breaks into the house, and the next thing he knows, he is hiding the body of the murdered husband. Marty does everything to conceal his tracks, but with the police on his tail and his lover, Rachel, in the frame, Marty confesses to the killing. Facing the death penalty, Marty assembles a small legal team and tries to find a way to save both himself and Rachel. But is everything as it seems? What is Marty really confessing to? What is he really guilty of? What really did happen on the night of the murder? Told through Marty's eyes, David Ellis's spellbinding narrative drives Line of Vision into areas of character where courtroom dramas rarely venture and, like all the best thrillers, keeps us waiting till the very last page to discover what actually happened.
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Publishers Weekly, 2001-01-15 Despite elements that strain belief, Chicago attorney Ellis's debut succeeds as a wicked courtroom thriller featuring a devious main character who finds ways to manipulate the legal system to suit his needs. Investment banker Marty Kalish stands accused of killing Dr. Derrick Reinhardt, whose abused wife, Rachel, was Kalish's lover. Kalish, the police allege, shot Reinhardt so he could have Rachel all to himself as well as put an end to her physical torment. A devilishly subversive thinker, Kalish hires the best lawyers in town, asks them what his strongest defense would be, then fashions his explanation for the killing to suit that strategy. His tactics work well until it becomes apparent that the police and prosecutors are not quite as gullible as he expects them to be. No problem. Kalish simply changes his story, adding another twist involving one of Reinhardt's neighbors. In the end, Kalish finds out that even more cunning minds than his were churning away as he scrambled to convince the jury of his version of events. Ellis's fine use of the first-person narrative brings out the full flavor of Kalish's personality and helps drive the plot into areas of character where courtroom thrillers rarely venture. He stretches credibility at a few points?for example, Kalish, who faces the death penalty, is allowed to remain free throughout his trial?but the exciting payoff proves ample compensation. (Feb. 19) Forecast: Ellis comes on strong here, writing a twisty, spellbinding story with a subtext: that our legal system is vulnerable to producing results that defy both logic and the facts. Expect healthy sales from thriller readers eager for a fresh voice and a cynical point of view?if they are alerted that Ellis offers those in spades. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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