The Last Alibi

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Published by: Putnam
Release Date: August 1, 20213
Pages: 400
ISBN13: 978-0399158803



Defense attorney Jason Kolarich is back in another edge-of-your-seat thriller . . . and this time he may find himself in over his head, in more ways than one.

James Drinker is a bit of an oddball. A funny-looking, geeky loner, he walks into Jason Kolarich’s office one day with a preemptive concern: two women have recently been murdered, seemingly by the same killer, and Drinker thinks he will be the police’s main suspect. One woman was his ex-girlfriend, he says, and the other was a friend. He’s the only link between the victims and he has no alibi for the night of either murder—surely the police will realize it soon. Believing he’s the target of a frame-up, Drinker hires Kolarich for his defense.

Something about James Drinker seems off from the start, but Kolarich doesn’t give it too much thought. Until another murder occurs. And then another. And as he 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.

Unable to stop a serial killer—and prove his own innocence—without breaking his sworn attorney-client privilege, Jason Kolarich must hunt for the truth about James Drinker, the series of brutal murders, and why he’s been set up to take the fall. The answers will be beyond anything he could have imagined.


“From Edgar winner Ellis, a complex courtroom thriller filled with tension and twists as the protagonist stands trial for murder… Hero and villain are both smart and motivated, making for an even match in this exciting drama. Ellis ranks among the best writers in the genre, and this book will keep readers entertained from start to finish.”
—Kirkus, starred review

“Bestseller Ellis conceals and reveals information like a skilled poke player in his strong fourth legal thriller… Ellis’s own background as an attorney gives weight to the courtroom scenes, and the plot twists keep readers guessing throughout.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Ellis’s plotting is playful yet airtight and infused with enough warped psychology to provide lip-chewing thrills. This fourth Jason Kolarich novel is an excellent choice for readers who seek connections with powerful characters.”
—Booklist Read the full review

“…The Last Alibi proves Newton’s first law: once Ellis puts this novel in motion, the forces acting on the story work only to make it move faster… The Last Alibi is exciting, fresh and suspenseful—and Ellis fails to halt the momentum of this book with ‘the end.’ The series is still very much an object in motion.”
— Shelf Awareness

“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… Throw in Jason’s “to good to be true” new girlfriend and you’ve got a recipe for a vintage Ellis thriller.”
—Forth Worth Star Telegram