Review: ‘The Wrong Man’ is terrific legal thriller


“The Wrong Man” (Putnam), by David Ellis

“The Wrong Man,” the third legal thriller by David Ellis featuring lawyer Jason Kolarich, delivers several surprises and is a great read.

Homeless veteran Tom Stoller is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. He’s accused of murder, and based on the evidence, his conviction appears to be a slam dunk.

Kolarich believes Stoller is guilty, but decides to defend him. But as he begins to investigate, Kolarich starts to believe that Stoller is innocent. Was he framed? The victim had many enemies, and Stoller may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Will uncovering the truth make Kolarich the next target?

Ellis is an attorney, and he’s also written several thrillers with James Patterson, so he knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and how to create suspense on the page.

He has been writing terrific stories, and “The Wrong Man” is another outstanding effort. Readers not familiar with Ellis or his attorney character Kolarich will find this a great place to begin the proceedings.