Books by Phillip Margolin

THE THIRD VICTIM by Phillip Margolin
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"The setup is arresting, but the structure is awkward, with one large subplot awkwardly integrated and the final solution at once unlikely, obvious, and slow to arrive. A lesser outing for the highly variable Margolin (Violent Crimes, 2016, etc.)."
A novice lawyer signs on to an Oregon attorney's practice just in time to catch a case that will leave her skeptical about just about everyone involved, including her boss. Read full book review >
VIOLENT CRIMES by Phillip Margolin
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"This last problem may sound like a thorny ethical dilemma, but it's just as weightless as every other complication in this fleet, guileless, inch-deep yarn, a tale guaranteed to get you to bed in plenty of time and leave your dreams untroubled."
What the title promises is exactly what Margolin (Worthy Brown's Daughter, 2014, etc.) delivers: another torrent of violent crimes for Oregon defense attorney Amanda Jaffe.Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Margolin's dialogue is sometimes affected, sometimes faintly anachronistic, but his scene-setting, knowledge of the frontier and relating of the hard task of the law make for an appealing read that, the author says, took 30 years to write."
Legal thriller writer Margolin (Sleight of Hand, 2013, etc.) turns back the clock to confront murder, deceit and slavery in frontier Oregon. Read full book review >
SLEIGHT OF HAND by Phillip Margolin
Released: April 9, 2013

"Margolin presents another triumph of inventive plotting over paper-thin characterization, flat prose and a wholesale departure from realism. The result is on a par with an especially good episode of Columbo."
Washington, D.C. shamus Dana Cutler (Capitol Murder, 2012, etc.) goes up against an impossibly clever killer: an amateur magician who's also a member of the bar. Read full book review >
VANISHING ACTS by Phillip Margolin
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Disappointingly dull. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Cardboard characters and an unbelievable plot make this contemporary mystery feel like a Nancy Drew knock-off minus the nostalgic charm. Read full book review >
FUGITIVE by Phillip Margolin
Released: June 2, 2009

"Margolin's mishmash of plots is as messy as ever, with everybody apparently hell-bent on harming everybody else. Readers who persevere to the last chapter, however, are in for a nifty surprise."
Twelve years after fleeing a murder rap, "Satan's Guru" turns himself over to Portland attorney Amanda Jaffe, whose father successfully defended his alleged co-conspirator. Read full book review >
PROOF POSITIVE by Phillip Margolin
Released: July 3, 2006

"Margolin is never going to be a poster boy for stylish prose, but this is a briskly paced, cleverly plotted, long-overdue switch on all those heroic forensics guys."
In her third appearance, Oregon defense attorney Amanda Jaffe (Ties That Bind, 2003, etc.) takes on a CSI tech who thinks he's God. Read full book review >
LOST LAKE by Phillip Margolin
Released: March 1, 2005

"As if you had to ask. Except for the overlong flashbacks, Margolin's tenth may be his best, with everything a thriller should have, except thrills."
Beneath a brawl at a kids' baseball game lies "the biggest scandal in the history of American politics," in this wildly implausible legal thriller from Margolin (Sleeping Beauty, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
SLEEPING BEAUTY by Phillip Margolin
Released: May 1, 2004

"Flimsy plotting, thin characters, hoary clichés, grade-school prose: a 'by the numbers' thriller."
A pulse-lowering thriller about writers who write about what they know. Read full book review >
TIES THAT BIND by Phillip Margolin
Released: March 11, 2003

"Earlier in his career, Margolin was a robust if rough-around-the-edges storyteller; lately, however, pulpish characters and porous plotting have become his characteristics."
An inharmonious glee club warbles murderously in an off-key Margolin (The Associate, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
THE ASSOCIATE by Phillip Margolin
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Bland people, implausible plotting. Here, Margolin, who has tilled the legal thriller field with no mean success (Wild Justice, 2000, etc.), does little more than go through the motions."
Humdrum legal thriller about a young lawyer who trusts his firm way more than he should. Read full book review >
WILD JUSTICE by Phillip Margolin
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The relentless barrage of gruesome murders and counter-accusations creates a legal thriller that's crude, grisly, horrific, and often suspenseful, though never exactly scary, except when you wonder about the citizens who are buying this stuff."
"The combination of mass murder, black-market organ sales, torture and a handsome physician . . . dubbed Dr. Death by the tabloids" fuels Margolin's fifth transcendently commercial two-act thriller (The Undertaker's Widow, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
THE UNDERTAKER'S WIDOW by Phillip Margolin
Released: May 1, 1998

"Though this is Margolin's fifth time out (The Burning Man, 1996, etc.), his prose has gotten no more elegant with practice, but, still, he—ll have you rooting for the good Richard Quinn. (Author tour)"
A tale of an ill-starred Oregon judge proves itself to be more than the sum of its parts. Read full book review >
THE BURNING MAN by Phillip Margolin
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"Despite the hints of grand conspiracy and grand passion, Margolin (After Dark, 1995, etc.) leaves too little meat on these bones for any but the staunchest fans of legal intrigue, with hollow surprises that arrive too late to save his puny plot."
An Oregon lawyer exiled from Portland to the sticks grabs at a high-profile murder case as his one and only chance to turn his life around—and that's only the most obvious clichÇ in this pot of refried beans. ``You possess the intelligence to be a good lawyer, but you're lazy and self-centered,'' Peter Hale's father harangues him just after Peter's arrogance and incompetence shut a client out of a well-deserved settlement, and just before he banishes him to legal serfdom in backwoods Whitaker. Read full book review >
AFTER DARK by Phillip Margolin
Released: July 1, 1995

"Less crudely sensationalistic than Margolin's striking, overheated debut, but also less vigorously plotted, with a dewy- eyed view of legal lust that wouldn't fool a sleepy judge."
Second-novel blues for Margolin (Gone, But Not Forgotten, 1993): a murky, juiceless legal thriller in which lawyers hire lawyers when they're accused of killing other lawyers. Read full book review >
GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN by Phillip Margolin
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

A rash of grisly torture/murders of upscale Portland, Oregon, housewives—each kidnapped by someone who leaves behind a black rose and a note saying ``Gone, but not forgotten''—turns out to have unholy roots in an identical series of killings across the country a decade earlier. Read full book review >