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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1967 in Downers Grove, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Ellis was born in Downers Grove and graduated from University of Illinois and Northwestern University Law School. He currently resides outside Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

David Ellis is a lawyer and award-winning author of over a dozen novels. As a lawyer, Dave prosecuted and convicted Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in the Impeachment trial before the Illinois Senate. He has served as Special Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and argued dozens of cases at the trial and appellate levels, specializing in constitutional law. In December, 2014, Ellis was sworn in as the youngest-serving Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Line of Vision''''' *Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel by an American Author, 2002 '''''The Hidden Man''''' *Publishers Weekly Starred Review *2016 ILLINOIS READS Book