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Life Sentence

(2003)
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An innocent man falsely accused of murder is a staple of suspense fiction. In Life Sentence, David Ellis provides a briefcase-full of fresh variations on this familiar theme, crafting a tale that delivers many delights and only a few disappointments. Like his first book, the Edgar-winning Line of Vision, this is a legal thriller, but the setting is refreshingly unusual: the narrator, Jon Soliday, is the chief legal aide to a powerful state senator in an unnamed city that's obviously Chicago. So there's plenty of bare-knuckle political intrigue even before Jon finds himself the main suspect in a murder.

Ellis's prose is sharp, clear, and intelligent, and his cast of characters is vividly varied. The complex plot setup is occasionally clumsy, with loose ends left lying around in the open for too long. But by the end, Ellis has gathered them all in masterfully, not once but several times, as we see the key facts of the case--several murders, a cryptic blackmail note, a long-ago party that ended in tragedy--through completely different lenses, each creating a fresh perspective that points to a completely different culprit. Right up to its socko surprise finish, Life Sentence is an intellectually and emotionally satisfying thrill ride from a promising young writer. --Nicholas H. Allison

 

Hardback Editions

June 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Life Sentence
Author(s): David Ellis
ISBN: 0-7862-5483-1 / 978-0-7862-5483-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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February 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Life Sentence
Author(s): David Ellis
ISBN: 0-399-14979-1 / 978-0-399-14979-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Putnam
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Paperback Editions

February 2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Life Sentence
Author(s): David Ellis
ISBN: 0-425-19480-9 / 978-0-425-19480-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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Audio Editions

December 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Life Sentence
Author(s): David Ellis
ISBN: 1-5366-2669-4 / 978-1-5366-2669-8
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Life Sentence
Author(s): David Ellis
ISBN: 1-4692-3833-0 / 978-1-4692-3833-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Life Sentence
Author(s): David Ellis
ISBN: 1-4692-3832-2 / 978-1-4692-3832-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Life Sentence
Author(s): David Ellis
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   


June 2004 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Life Sentence
Author(s): David Ellis
ISBN: 1-59335-136-4 / 978-1-59335-136-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2004 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Life Sentence
Author(s): David Ellis
ISBN: 1-59335-596-3 / 978-1-59335-596-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Life Sentence
Author(s): David Ellis
ISBN: 1-59086-364-X / 978-1-59086-364-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Life Sentence
Author(s): David Ellis
ISBN: 1-59086-361-5 / 978-1-59086-361-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Life Sentence
Author(s): David Ellis
ISBN: 1-59086-362-3 / 978-1-59086-362-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Life Sentence (4 Cass.)
Author(s): David Ellis
ISBN: 1-59086-363-1 / 978-1-59086-363-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: BRILLIANCE AUDIO
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2004 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Life Sentence
Author(s): David Ellis
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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