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Life Sentence

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  350 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
Jon Soliday is legal counsel to a powerful politician--his childhood best friend--who is running for governor. The two have shared political success and undying loyalty. But an anonymous letter hinting at blackmail and a colleague's mysterious death remind them of something else they have in common. A dark secret from the summer of 1979...murder.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 2nd 2004 by Berkley (first published February 1st 2003)
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Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pks-justiz
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Wenn schon einen David Ellis, dann diesen. Kein Wort zum Plot oder seiner Auflösung, in dieser Hinsicht ist das Buch brillant. Beim Blick auf die folgenden Bücher besteht der Rest der literarischen Laufbahn von David Ellis, so weit mir bekannt, in dem vergeblichen Versuch eine vergleichbar verblüffende und überzeugende Auflösung hinzukriegen. Mir ist auch kein Buch von Grisham unter die Augen gekommen, in dem die überraschende Wendung derart stimmig ist, auch wenn der Großm
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My first David Ellis book...Will not be my last! How did I miss this author?? Definitely 5 stars with no reservations...well done!
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
An innocent man accused of murder, a cover-up of a decades old crime, an elaborate frame-up and a heated election involving some of the possible criminals all come together in the complex plot of this compelling legal thriller. After loving Ellis' first book, Line of Vision, I quickly became engrossed in this, his second. Story driven, with lots of twists and turns, this book kept my interest to the last, surprising me with a final twist at the end. Very good!!
May 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
A good airplane/hotel/beach book.
Laura McCann
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first David Ellis book. Given to me by a friend. It has been on my bookshelf for probably 2 years. Now that I read it I cannot believe I waited so long.
His writing is very good, realistic with characters that you get to know. As it usually does with books it took me several chapters to get into the book, but once I was I could hardly put the book down.
I will deal read more of his books.
Paula Hall
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome Legal Novel

I have read all of David Ellis novels. He is such I would highly recommend. If you read one of his books, you want to read another one. His books are filled with twist and turns that keep you turning to the next page!!!
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ottimo.consulente politico con passato non chiarito che si trova al centro di più trame.ben strutturato con buoni colpi di scena.
Tom Tischler
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Another lawyer book. The story isn't to bad but I found it a little long
and a bit boring. I gave t a 3.
Kathleen Hagen
Life Sentence, by David Ellis. A-minus.
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Jonathan is a lawyer working as top aide for his friend, Senator Grant Tulley. They have been friends since highschool. Grant is now running for governor against the attorney-general of the state. John, in doing a routine review of the petitions and application form of their competitor, learns that a case could be made for ineffective filing which would knock their competitor out of the race. An attorney in private practice, who
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Absolutely fabulous book, and to think I never would have read David Ellis if I didn't discover him as a co-author to James Patterson's (Guilty Wives)! This is a page-turner with a lot of twists and turns, and a magnificently crafted surprise ending.

Jon Soliday is chief counsel to Senator Grant Tully, who is running for Governor, but their association isn't just professional; they also share a friendship that goes back to high school. In 1979, when they were both 17, Grant talked Jon into a jaun
Feb 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
truthfully, when I listened to the first 5 or so minutes of this - I kept thinking that I had read this before. However, I couldn't remember all the details and even one of the twists so I was either not paying attention while reading this or maybe I had not gotten all they way through.

Decent twists, story was about a friendship that stays with a pair of boyhood friends into their adult, political life. When one man is accused of murder, the other tries to support him to help get him off of a l
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This did not match his earlier Line of Vision. Some parts overly bogged down in issues surrounding the election which is a plot element. Required exceptional suspension of disbelief. And I am bugged by books which , at the end, have lengthy explanations of what all happened and why. I'm not giving up on Ellis, but this was not his best.
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my second David Ellis novel,and like Line Of Vision i was not dissapointed.It took me a few pages to get into the story,but then i was hooked.Like most mystery readers i try to figure out the who done it,but only got part of it right,and like his first novel,the finish was unpredictable and had lot's of surprise's.Fans of John Grisham will love David Ellis.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
So forgettable that I couldn't remember the name of the book two days after finishing it. A convoluted story that dragged for much of the book, was repetitive (the same notes were repeated in toto over and over) and then too rushed at the end. This guy generally has a better command of suspense and pacing.
retronerd  Steinkuehler
Making up for the past is easy when you have important POWER people surrounding you. A back and forth story that is kind of interesting but little character development lessons the intrigue. So-so from an author I usually like.
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. There is a quote from the Chicago Tribune on the back that says, "Who does Ellis thin he is - John Grisham? The answer to that has to be, Yes. And I agree with that. Truly good to the very end. I find that is a rare thing to me.
April Brown
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was a bit strange to me. It took a bit to wrap it all up, to put all the pieces together. Maybe it was because it was a political suspense novel and That's typically not my thing, I don't know. But not one of my favorite books.
Nicole Diamond
Feb 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
If it has one star I liked it a lot
If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend it
If it has three stars I really really liked it a lot
If it has four stars I insist you read it
If it has five stars it was life changing
Mar 27, 2010 added it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
A well orchestrated and captivating and original story of two long time friends, the political arena in Illinois, political posturing, murder, deceit and deep, dark secrets. A real page turner that could only be written by someone who was a veteran in criminal cases.
Katherine Clark
May 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Probably 3 1/2 stars. I read this before, but had forgotten so much of it, and I like Ellis so much, that I kept reading. I did not remember the ending, so really good I kept reading. The ending was so over the top that it prevented it from getting 4 stars, but I'm really enjoying Ellis.
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A great thriller. A few red herrings thrown in, great character development, and a surprise giant twist at the ending that kept me thinking about the book long after I had finished. I must get more books by David Ellis.
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
The beginning seemed a bit slow. The last half of the book wouldn't let me put it down. The turn of events from what I expected kept me anxious to keep reading.
Jara Packer
Jul 16, 2011 rated it liked it
It was pretty good... my sister in law is friends with him so we get all of his books for the holidays!! We enjoy them!
Spellbinding! Excellent! My second book by this author and it will not be my last! Every bit as good, if not better, than Grisham.
Feb 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very good book although it took several chapters to captivate me.
Doug Branscombe
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Murder mystery, political intrigue, revenge, plot twists, loved this!
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent nail biter
J Tomaino
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow first time reading a David Ellis novel. Lots of twists and turns for sure. Can't wait to read his other novels!
Dec 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great suspense! It has political scandal, a trial and the ending which is good but kind of going round in circles and a bit confusing. Really liked it.
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Reads more like a screenplay or script than a novel, in my opinion.
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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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