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L'Uomo Nascosto

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  487 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
Mentre, come ogni sera, spia la finestra dell'amante per sapere quando potrà andare da lei, Marty Kalish assiste a una violenta lite tra la donna e il marito. Quando ode degli spari, Marty interviene. Ma ormai il rivale è morto. Occultato il cadavere, i due amanti si costruiscono un alibi di ferro. Ma dopo i primi interrogatori spunta un anonimo testimone: per proteggere R ...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published by Superpocket. Best thriller (first published January 1st 2001)
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Eric_W
Sep 28, 2013 Eric_W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-drama
This book starts out rather brilliantly. The narrator is stalking (and having an affair - we think) with Rachel, the wife of a well-known surgeon. One night, during dinner, as he watches from the woods behind her house for her evening flash, he sees the surgeon begin to beat Rachel. He charges in and kills the doctor. As it was very cold, he was wearing a ski mask, and he hauls off the body of the doctor. Rachel is senseless on the floor. His idea is make it look like a kidnapping. He then begi ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Oct 28, 2014 Benjamin Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-legal
I typically read almost 100 books per year, most of them fiction. I picked this one up on a lark and am so glad I did. What a novel! From page one, I was enthralled in the story. I held my breath during the fresh approach that Ellis uses as a story-telling technique. We watch the action unfold through the eyes of the main character and we think we know what has happened. The murder takes place early on and we "see" it happen. But did we see everything? We aren't sure. In fact we aren't sure unti ...more
Rhonda  Silly Mummy
Apr 08, 2012 Rhonda Silly Mummy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of courtroom thrillers
Line of Vision is the story of Marty Kalish who falls in love with a wealthy married woman, Rachel. She tells him that her husband is abusive and that he plans to kill her. One night the husband is murdered and Marty confesses as the killer. However, the police are not so sure and want to charge the wife along with Marty.

Marty tells us what really happens as he slowly unfolds some great unexpected twists in his story. You think you know what Marty did but you don’t. The plot keeps thickening thr
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Ralph
Nov 20, 2015 Ralph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
4.0 out of 5
A riveting first novel, Line of Vision is a legal thriller that keeps you wondering who is guilty and what actually did go down that Thursday night of the disappearance of Dr.Derrick Reinhardt. Mr. Ellis does a masterful job making you want to root for and against the main protagonist/antagonist, Marty Kalish. Well plotted out, it kept me guessing about the final outcome.

Dick Hill was the narrator of the audiobook and I always enjoy listening to him. Having listened to a number of b
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Valerie Penny
Apr 08, 2015 Valerie Penny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Ellis was born on 1, January 1967. He is an American author of crime thrillers and is also an attorney working in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He has worked in both the public and private sector since his graduation from Northwestern Law School which is a private American law school in Chicago, Illinois. Located in the North Side's Streeterville, it is one of the twelve constituent schools of Northwestern University. He has served as Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representativ ...more
Samyann
Sep 28, 2014 Samyann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Line of Vision is approximately 15 hours of listening, read by the estimable Dick Hill. This audiobook has been in my reading listing since 2009, about time I listened! Released by Brilliance Audio in early 2008, the book was originally published as a hardback in 2001 - so it’s been around a while. There are actually more ratings on Audible than reviews on Amazon, interesting. Maybe that has to do with audiobook fans searching for ‘Dick Hill’?

Dick Hill is one of those few readers that, with thei
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Paul Phillips
Marty Kalish is a man with mummy issues who is desperately in love with Rachel Reinardt, who works in a children's foundation with him. Unfortunately, Rachel is married. Even worse, her husband abuses her. When Marty witnesses one of the attacks, Rachel's husband winds up dead. Marty sets about manipulating the evidence so that neither he or Rachel are suspects in the crime, trying to make it look as if an intruder burst into the house.

Of course, the police catch on to them, and Marty is charge
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Kai Palchikoff
Nov 16, 2014 Kai Palchikoff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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 an ...more
Jeff
Jul 01, 2014 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good courtroom thriller has a very human protagonist Marty Kalish on trial, having lied, hid evidence, and confessed to a murder. But did he do it? If not, what is he hiding? You can suspect what is really happening, but the author keeps you guessing until the end. A thought-provoking page turner that leaves the reader wondering to what extremes will we go for love, for self-preservation, and for the truth.
Kath
Nov 08, 2009 Kath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great legal thriller that had you guessing from the very beginning. You have Marty Kaelish, a man who's involved with a married woman, Rachel. We know from the very beginning that Marty was involved with the murder of Rachel's doctor husband, but we don't know all the details. An interesting story unfolds in this legal thriller. Some great characters in this book and while a couple of details in the story were harder to believe, it was put together and unfolded quite well.

The story is told from
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Tony
Nov 11, 2010 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Ellis- Line of Vision (Berkley Books 2002) 4 Stars

When Marty Kalish fell in love with a married woman, he never imagined that he would end up in court because of it. Accused of murdering the woman’s husband, he is in a fight for his life. Things are adding up against him, he was at the scene of the crime at the exact time of the murder, and made the mistake of confessing to the murder to the police. The question is what did he confess to, and can he work enough magic to get himself out of
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Lynn
Nov 23, 2013 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe this is Ellis' first book (I read them out of order), but a great one, none-the-less.

Marty becomes entangled in a love affair with Rachel, the wife of a prominent doctor, who he met at the foundation that she and her husband head up. During the course of their relationship, Rachel reveals to Marty that her husband abuses her regularly, and has threatened to kill her. She also stages a peep show for Marty every Thursday night, whereby he watches her "perform" in the window of her den t
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Sara Jo Schmidt
Jun 26, 2015 Sara Jo Schmidt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I guess I'm getting into "legal thrillers" again, and this one was a very interesting take. The entire story, written in the first person, shows what it's like to be the defendant and wrongly accused (sort of) in a murder trial. This guy definitely has serious issues, but when it comes down to the actual deed, did he do it? We don't really know for sure...until the end of course.

Smartly written plot twists. So much fun.
Susan
A legal thriller set in the current time and recounted by protagonist Marty Kalish, with frequent flashbacks to prior events. Single bachelor Marty met Rachel Reinhardt at her house on Thursday nights while her surgeon husband worked late performing surgeries at the hospital. One Thursday night, both Rachel and her husband are home when Marty arrives, and as Marty watches, the surgeon abuses his wife. Marty comes to Rachel's rescue, disposes of the surgeon's body and sets up a working-late-at-th ...more
ReBecca
Aug 15, 2014 ReBecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gotta say I was really shocked by this book. I was not expecting it to turn out how it did. Throughout the whole book I thought that Marty was crazy and going to plead insane and that he made up this whole affair w Rachel! Twist and turns lead the book in a totally different direction! I would definitely recommend this book to others...yes it does start out slow but once you get through the first 100 pages or so it turns into a good suspense!
Nancy Shepherd
Apr 15, 2016 Nancy Shepherd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of suspense, thrillers
Recommended to Nancy by: no one...lucky find
Shelves: thriller
A real thriller in every sense of the word. We have a murder, a suspect. and 2 victims...the murdered man and his seemingly innocent wife. Through many twists and turns, the author lets us make up, and change, our minds about what has really happened. What a great plot Ellis developed here!
William
Aug 01, 2014 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thriller worthy of the name.The question is not who did it,but rather what version of events will the jurors buy.Plausible scenarios ably crafted by the prosecution & defense and adjusted alone the way according to the protagonists.An excellent novel.Not to be missed by fan's of John Grisham and legal fiction
Jackie R
Dec 13, 2015 Jackie R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a little bit to get into this book. But once I did, I couldn't put it down! It's fast paced, and from a 'who done it' perspective, excellent with twists and turns throughout. And as a lawyer trial book, equally effective and legally spot on. Highly recommend this one.
Fred Arshoff
Jan 29, 2016 Fred Arshoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased
I brought this book new as I read a previous book by David, also this book was recommended by Goodreads to me, This book did win an award for David as best 1st new novel. This book does deserve that award, I was very happy I brought it,
I rate this book at 4,5*
Andy Robinson
Hmmm - well written court scenes towards the end but just did not like the main character whatsoever and found it extremely hard to empathise with him. Not the best read but filled in a bit of time.
Steve Betz
Line of Vision by David Ellis was the 2002 Edgar Award winner for Best First Novel by an American Author. The book is an interesting twist of the “whodunnit” because early on, we learn that Marty Kalish, a prominent attorney, most likely killed the husband of a woman he was having an affair with. The story is first-person narrated by Marty and so becomes sort of a “whydunnit” and “howdunnit” as he seeks to out maneuver the police investigation into the husband’s death. Ellis does a good job of k ...more
Pj Murphy
Jul 24, 2015 Pj Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely stands out from most legal thrillers....not as straightforward a case as it first appears.
Betty
Feb 04, 2015 Betty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
It just felt like I had read this book before, and I couldn't get into it again.
Gerald Heath
Aug 29, 2013 Gerald Heath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marty Kalish has been accused of murdering his lover's husband. He had a motive. He was at the scene of the crime. He manipulated evidence to hide his guilt. He even confessed. But that's not the end of the story. That's only the beginning.

This was a really pleasant surprise. The main character was complex, and the plot was interesting and inventive. Lots of twists and turns, and I was surprised right up to the final page. There was a lot of courtroom drama, and I would compare it to Grisham at
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Christine Mitchell
new author for me. totally surprising twist at the end.
Charles Mcdonald
An interesting plot but I am only going to give this book a 5 out of 10.

It does have a most realistic courtroom account and the author does show several loopholes in the law that allows the main character to use the system.

When I say that I "read" this book I am saying that I listened to the audio version of this book. OK
Sandra
Read other books by this author
Tony Nichols
I really like David Ellis and thought all of the Jason Kolorich series books were fantastic.

However this book, Line of Vision, although well written has a main character that I just can't relate to.

Somehow, if the main character has an affair with another man's wife, then kills her husband, I find it hard to empathize with him or want much more than for him to be caught and punished appropriately.

This might just be a good book, but I am having a hard time wanting to finish it.
Kathy kennedy
Nov 07, 2013 Kathy kennedy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read this before ( in 2004) and had forgotten most of it. It was very good the 2nd time too. This was Ellis's debut novel and tells the story of a murder and trial in the first person. Many of the people show up in the Jason Kolarich series. Events take place in a midwestern city. Lots of plot twists, some flashbacks A great read. Now I have finished all of the Ellis books to date. Have to say they are all good, but like the Kolarich series the best ( 4 of them)
Katrina
May 03, 2014 Katrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent!!!!! I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
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David Ellis is a lawyer and the Edgar Allan Poe Award winner for Best First Novel for Line of Vision. Ellis attended Northwestern Law School and began his legal career in private practice in Chicago in 1993. He served as the House Prosecutor who tried and convicted Illinois Governor Blagojevich in the Impeachment Trial before the Illinois Senate. He was elected to the Illinois Appellate Court in 2 ...more
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