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About David Ellis
David Ellis is a judge and an Edgar-award-winning author of nine novels of crime fiction, as well as five books co-authored with James Patterson.
In December, 2014, Dave was sworn in as the youngest-serving Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District.
Dave currently lives outside Chicago with his wife and three children.
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'A total page-turner that will keep you guessing from start to terrifying finish' KARIN SLAUGHTER
How can you prove your innocence when you can't remember the crime?
Being a cop runs in Billy Harney's family. The son of Chicago's Chief of Detectives whose twin sister, Patti, also followed in their father's footsteps, Billy would give up everything for the job - including his life.
After a brutal shooting, Billy is left for dead alongside his tempestuous former partner and an ambitious assistant district attorney. But somehow Billy survives - and is charged with double murder.
Billy remembers nothing about the shooting. Retracing his steps to find proof of his innocence, he discovers the existence of a little black book that he suspects contains the truth that will either set him free, or confirm his worst fears...
'The Black Book has more twists than a Formula One race, and the pace is just as fast. Deeply rooted characters, a touch of humour, and a climax nobody can see coming - it's vintage Patterson.' Brad Taylor, author of the Pike Logan series
'The plot twists will give you whiplash' Washington Post
'Brilliantly twisty . . . Many readers will agree with Patterson that this is the "best book [he's] written in 25 years".' Publisher's Weekly
'The mystery is authentic, the lead-up genuinely suspenseful' Kirkus
Don't miss the thrilling sequel, The Red Book, available now
From the bestselling and award-winning author comes a wickedly clever and fast-paced novel of greed, revenge, obsession—and quite possibly the perfect murder.
Simon and Vicky couldn’t seem more normal: a wealthy Chicago couple, he a respected law professor, she an advocate for domestic violence victims. A stable, if unexciting marriage. But one thing’s for sure … absolutely nothing is what it seems. The pair are far from normal, and one of them just may be a killer. When the body of a beautiful socialite is found hanging in a mansion in a nearby suburb, Simon and Vicky’s secrets begin to unravel. A secret whirlwind affair. A twenty-million-dollar trust fund about to come due. A decades-long grudge and obsession with revenge. These are just a few of the lies that make up the complex web...and they will have devastating consequences. And while both Vicky and Simon are liars, just who exactly is conning who? Part Gone Girl, part Strangers on a Train, Look Closer is a wild rollercoaster of a read that will have you questioning everything you think you know.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
My nightmare: it’s the same every time. I’m trapped in my bedroom with an inferno blazing around me.
It started eight months ago, when my sister was killed in a house fire. Her death was written off as an accident, but I know she was murdered.
There have been dozens of ‘accidental’ fires across the US over the past year that are all too similar to be coincidental.
I’ve never been more sure of anything.
One of the worst serial killers of all time is being ignored.
And it’s up to me to stop him.
The holiday of a lifetime becomes a fight for survival in this gripping summer thriller from James Patterson.
Sitting in a dark, dank prison cell in Paris, serving a life sentence for murder, Abbie Elliot tries to piece together the story of how she came to be here.
It all happened in Monte Carlo, where she was having the holiday of a lifetime with her three best friends away from their stifling lives, and husbands.
Abbie remembers casinos, nightclubs, champagne and private yachts. The next thing she can remember is a swarm of police storming the yacht and arresting her and her friends.
Abbie has been set up, she knows it. But now she must find out who would do this to her, and why. Or she will spend the rest of her life rotting in that cell.
The chilling sequel to No. 1 bestseller Invisible
FBI analyst Emmy Dockery's unique ability to uncover the patterns that others miss has brought her an impressive string of arrests. But a new case – unfolding across the country – has left her looking for something which may not exist.
The victims all appear to have died by accident, and seemingly have nothing in common. But this many deaths can't be a coincidence. Can they?
Emmy's instincts tell her this is the work of a terrifyingly intelligent serial killer – and she's determined to prove it. When her obsession with the crimes raises flags within the FBI, she's in danger of becoming a suspect herself.
But someone else is watching Dockery. Studying, learning, waiting.
Until it's the perfect time to strike.
A lightning-paced stand-alone thriller from bestselling author James Patterson
No. 7 Ocean Drive is a multimillion-dollar beachfront house in the Hamptons, but its beautiful exterior hides a horrific past. This house was the setting for a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty and rumoured to be cursed, it's known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.
Detective Jenna Murphy has moved to the area to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks. But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, Jenna becomes involved in a case that at first seems open and shut, but reveals more secrets than she could possibly imagine.
As more bodies surface and Jenna is drawn deeper into the dark history of No. 7, she must risk her own life to expose the truth – before the Murder House claims another victim.
On a hot summer night two-year-old Audrey Cutler was snatched from her bed and never seen again. Twenty-six years later, her brother, Sammy, fatefully crosses paths with the man the police failed to convict for her abduction and murder. Within weeks that man is murdered.
Attorney Jason Kolarich, Sammy's childhood friend, is engaged to defend him. But can he trust the people who hired him? Why are they paying for Sammy's defence? And why, when Kolarich's investigations lead the police to a buried cache of children's bodies, do they kidnap his brother and threaten his life? As the clock ticks for both his brother and his friend, Jason must discover the shocking truth in order to save them and, finally, to save himself.
In Jury of One, Shelly Trotter, an able and determined lawyer and a children’s rights advocate, is thrust into a world in which she’s completely unschooled—the criminal court. Her client is a 17-year-old accused of killing a policeman, and she begins to suspect that he may have been involved in an undercover operation to entrap dirty cops, though his role in the scheme remains unclear. Was he the target or the bait—and what does the prosecution really have against him?
Then comes the shocker: Shelly fears that she has a connection to this boy, something she has kept secret for years, knowledge that she has hidden from her family and friends for most of her adult life. And as the evidence against the boy mounts, she finds that nothing—not legal ethics, not a statewide political campaign that could swing in the balance—will stop her from keeping him off death row. For with this client, she is truly a jury of one.
A young girl is murdered with a single bullet through her skull.
A homeless man is arrested, and as the evidence against him stacks up, everyone thinks he's guilty - except lawyer Jason Kolarich.
Jason can't resist the urge to dig deeper, and begins to uncover a much darker reason for her death.
What he finds will crack the case wide open. An army is training for a war against the government. Everyone is going to pay for what they did.
Jason Kolarich does not believe he will be around to see this story told.
A witness from a past case, whom Jason had persuaded to testify, has been murdered. Was it Jason's fault?
As he wrestles with his own feelings of guilt, he becomes increasingly involved in an obscure agency which at first seems to hold the answers. But he is soon in the centre of a complex conspiracy. Forced to become a federal informant, he has no idea how deep the corruption goes, and can see no clear way out. Will Jason prove to be a help to the feds, or a dangerous live wire?