Putnam, Feb 2001, 24.95, 407 pp.
In Highland Woods, investment banker Marty Kalish is having an affair with Rachel Reinardt, wife of renowned cardiologist and philanthropist Derrick. She tells Marty that her spouse beats her and shows him her scars. Mart hates Derrick for having what he wants and abusing her.
Marty goes to Rachel's house expecting quality time with his beloved, but instead sees Derrick hitting her. Enraged, he picks up a bench and smashes through the glass patio door. Marty kills Derrick, but has the foresight to bury the body and clean up any evidence that points to him in spite of the freezing temperatures. Having law school experience, he knows that “every criminal makes a mistake”. He tries desperately to act normal at work and among friends. Meanwhile, police detectives Cummings and Nicholaos begin to look at whether Rachel had an affair that led to her spouse's disappearance and probable death.
Though a February release, it will be hard to imagine any legal thriller being better than LINE OF VISION. The story line is fast-paced and filled with action although the tale is told in the first person by Marty. This not only provides the audience with a radically different perspective on how just our legal system truly is; it furnishes an incredible insight into Marty. David Ellis has written an incredible tour-de-force that is must reading for sub-genre fans as a fresh exciting new voice has raised the quality level of this genre.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner