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Title:
Jury of one
Author:
Ellis, David, 1967-
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Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
720 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780786266463
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Book

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Children's rights advocate Shelly Trotter is defending a teenager accused of killing a cop. When she discovers that he may be her own son, nothing will stop her from keeping him off of death row.


Author Notes

David Ellis is an attorney and author. He prosecuted and convicted Governor Rod Blagojevich in the Impeachment trial before the Illinois Senate. He currently serves as Special Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, and has argued dozens of cases at the trial and appellate levels, specializing in constitutional law.

Ellis won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel for Line of Vision. His other novels include Life Sentence, Jury of One, In the Company of Liars, Eye of the Beholder, and the Jason Kolarich series. He has written several books with James Patterson including Guilty Wives, Mistress, Invisible, The Murder House, and The Black Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A boy runs down an alley; a cop gives chase; a shot is fired. As in his last two acclaimed legal thrillers, Ellis baits a mean hook, but not all of what follows is so easy to swallow. Gutsy Shelly Trotter is retained as counsel by Alex, accused cop killer, and a swift succession of coincidences culminates in the stunning revelation that Shelly's client is her own son, born of the very rape that inspired her life's mission of rescuing doomed youth. Readers who hang on through this contrived and sluggish initial discovery phase will be rewarded as Ellis plays out more line in a sinuous pretrial sequence of shifting scenarios involving a federal sting operation, drug-dealing gangsters, and Alex's curious relationship with Ronnie, his gifted foster brother. The gladiatorial trial sequences are detailed and riveting, and Shelly gets legal advice and a bit of frisky sex on the side with a high-powered attorney. Although Ellis' work is not quite as credible as Turow or Sheldon Siegel, his misdirection and plot twists will please fans of Bernhardt, O'Shaughnessy, or Margolin. --David Wright Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Ellis's (Life Sentence) latest courtroom tale centers on Shelly Trotter, lawyer, children's rights advocate, and estranged daughter of a Midwestern governor. She is called to defend a young teenage friend accused of murdering a cop, but her client is less than cooperative in assisting in his defense. Is he working for a dangerous drug gang or working for law enforcement agents attempting to shut them down? The situation becomes more difficult when Shelly learns that the defendant may be the son she gave up for adoption after she was raped. Or, maybe he's not. While the story has compelling characters, it contains several less-than-surprising attempts at plot twists. Reader Sandra Burr does an excellent job; for larger audio collections.--Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Lib., Parkersburg (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Ellis's (Life Sentence) latest courtroom tale centers on Shelly Trotter, lawyer, children's rights advocate, and estranged daughter of a Midwestern governor. She is called to defend a young teenage friend accused of murdering a cop, but her client is less than cooperative in assisting in his defense. Is he working for a dangerous drug gang or working for law enforcement agents attempting to shut them down? The situation becomes more difficult when Shelly learns that the defendant may be the son she gave up for adoption after she was raped. Or, maybe he's not. While the story has compelling characters, it contains several less-than-surprising attempts at plot twists. Reader Sandra Burr does an excellent job; for larger audio collections. Stephen L. Hupp, West Virginia Univ. Lib., Parkersburg (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.