David Ellis puts the thrills in legal thrillers

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The Last Alibi By David Ellis Putnam, $26.95

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David Ellis is a prosecuting attorney in Chicago — best known for trying and impeaching Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich — so he knows his way around a courtroom. In The Last Alibi, the bestselling author (2012’s The Wrong Man) offers the fourth legal thriller in his popular series featuring Midwestern lawyer Jason Kolarich.

This time, the tables are turned and Jason’s on trial, framed for murder. But following the complicated twists, turns and double crosses of how he got into that predicament will keep readers guessing.

Jason’s troubles begin with an odd new client, James Drinker, who preemptively seeks out the defense attorney’s expertise after two women are stabbed to death. Drinker knew both women, and he’s afraid he’ll be implicated in the murders. Jason’s pretty sure Drinker is the murderer and, when more women die, he suspects Drinker may even be a serial killer. Darn that attorney-client privilege. Throw in Jason’s “too good to be true” new girlfriend and you’ve got a recipe for a vintage Ellis thriller.

And in his spare time, Ellis gets the “and” credit for his collaborations with James Patterson — Mistress, which will be published Monday, and 2012’s Guilty Wives.

— Celeste Williams

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