Life Sentence by David Ellis

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In Life Sentence, Ellis brings us a second legal thriller, again evocatively set in an unnamed Chicago, in a Byzantine world of big-city politics full of payback and promise, ambition and disgrace. Jon Soliday is legal counsel to a powerful politician-also his childhood best friend-who is running for governor. The two have shared political success and undying loyalty. They also share a dark secret from the summer of 1979: a party that resulted in the death of a teenage girl. Soliday was implicated but, through his friend's political connections, escaped legal trouble.

Soliday remembers little from that night, but carries an uncertain guilt he can't shake. Now, as the players from 1979 fall prey to an unknown killer, Soliday is himself accused of murder. And as the puzzle unfolds, the people he most suspects are those he has entrusted with his defense-his ambitious defense attorney and his oldest friend.

A man's past, both what he remembers and what he fears, has never felt so crushing-and may well leave him without a future.

About David Ellis

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David Ellis's Line of Visionwon the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. He is a partner in a Chicago law firm and recently served as Deputy Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.
Published February 1, 2003 by Putnam. 390 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction

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Complicating the case is a decades-old secret: in 1979, a teenage Soliday and Tully, on a drunken tear, were involved in a murder that remains unsolved to this day, and the investigation of Garrison's death threatens to blow it open.

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The windy city (albeit unnamed) is the setting for David Ellis's second courtroom/ political thriller.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Jon Soliday was a powerful man in an eponymous Chicago-like city.

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Reviewing the Evidence

The narrator brings in a lot of questions to the tale he is telling affecting the credibility to the readers.

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