Jury of One

Jury of One

by David Ellis
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Jury of One by David Ellis

From the Edgar Award–winning author of Life Sentence and Line of Vision.

In Jury of One, Shelly Trotter, an able and determined lawyer and a children’s rights advocate, is thrust into a world in which she’s completely unschooled—the criminal court. Her client is a 17-year-old accused of killing a policeman, and she begins to suspect that he may have been involved in an undercover operation to entrap dirty cops, though his role in the scheme remains unclear. Was he the target or the bait—and what does the prosecution really have against him?

Then comes the shocker: Shelly fears that she has a connection to this boy, something she has kept secret for years, knowledge that she has hidden from her family and friends for most of her adult life. And as the evidence against the boy mounts, she finds that nothing—not legal ethics, not a statewide political campaign that could swing in the balance—will stop her from keeping him off death row. For with this client, she is truly a jury of one.
“Compelling.”—Entertainment Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101658178
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 60,185
File size: 705 KB

About the Author

David Ellis’s Line of Vision won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. He is a thirty-six-year-old partner in a Chicago law firm and recently served as deputy counsel to the speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. He lives in Chicago.

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Jury of One 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW!!!! This is the book that Grisham wished he could write! I loved this book. As with David Ellis' previous books, this one is polished, completely totallly grammatically correct with NO typos! Oh yes...it has an amazing cast of characters that you instantly have rapport with one way or the other... and a trial that is breathtaking in every way....twists and turns abound! There is waaay too much information given out already about this fantastic book. Just do yourself a favor, do not read anything more about it...just get it and read it for yourself. You're in for one heck of a literary roller coaster ride. I cannot wait for the next one...and David Ellis, if you're reading this....it's time to quit your day job and get your publishers to treat you with more respect by giving you and your pheomenal book proper marketing!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author makes Grisham and others look like beginers. Can not say enough good things about this book! It's a MUST READ!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! The ending is such an unbelievable twist, and yet it all fits together perfectly. I was hooked from start to finish. David Ellis is definitely an author who deserves to be right up there with Grisham, Patterson and Turow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a Midwestern city, attorney Shelly Trotter works for the Child Advocacy Project by representing troubled students in court. Because she has never worked a capital case, Shelly asks Paul Riley to defend Alex Baniewicz, accused of killing police officer Raymond Miroballi. Paul prefers Shelly lead the defense, which she reluctantly agrees to do.

Already having doubts that she can provide an adequate defense, Shelly learns that Baniewicz may be the son she gave up for adoption following a rape. Made public that revelation could destroy her conservative father¿s reelection for state governor. The case turns even more complex when federal agents inform Shelly that Alex was working undercover for them trying to find evidence that martyred heroic cop Miroballi sold drugs. As she continues to develop the defense, Shelly investigates the link between her client and a vicious gang of reported drug dealers, the Cannibals. Her probe leads to Alex's friend Ronnie Masters, who not only may be a cop killer, but seems more likely the infant that she gave away.

The twists in this incredible superb legal thriller are amazing (there are plenty more to come than what was described above) yet each one feels right though the megatons are at hydrogen bomb level revelations. That along with a solid cast makes for a terrific terse tale that will make David Ellis a household name. Even the street punks come across as real making a JURY OF ONE the must sub-genre read of the year so far.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
Accomplished audio book reader Sandra Burr always suits her voice to the story, whether it be comedy, drama or romance. She can be old, young, happy, frightened, all with equal skill. Once more she vocally captures the essence of a protagonist in this courtroom thriller. Shelley Trotter is a fine lawyer with a troubled past. She's a child's rights advocate/activist. When Alex, a former client of hers in the Children's Advocacy Project, is accused of murder she immediately stands to defend the 17-year-old. So great is her desire to prove the boy innocent that she overlooks asking some very important questions. Her mind set is also affected by her past - as a young girl she was a rape victim, and became pregnant. In addition, her relationship with her father, the governor, is a bit tenuous. Quite obviously Shelley's legal training and experience has not prepared her for the battle she faces in criminal court, especially when Alex is accused of killing a policeman. Author Ellis weaves these threads together to form a complex and compelling thriller. No wonder he's an Edgar winner!