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Phillip Margolin has written nineteen novels, many of them New York Times bestsellers, including his latest novels Woman with a Gun, Worthy Brown's Daughter, Sleight of Hand, and the Washington trilogy. Each displays a unique, compelling insider's view of criminal behavior, which comes from his long background as a criminal defense attorney who has handled thirty murder cases. Winner of the Distinguished Northwest Writer Award, he lives in Portland, Oregon.
A tabloid reporter's crazy stories about a military cover-up involving presidential hopeful General Wingate turn out to be true. A one-day laydown and a five-city author tour. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Like the lake of its title, Margolin's latest suspense novel (a hybrid with traces of legal thriller and whodunit and a big debt to The Manchurian Candidate) is smooth on the surface with tumultuous secrets lurking beneath. In Portland, Ore., lawyer and single mom Ami Vergano is pleased to take in handsome handyman Dan Morelli as a tenant, since he provides a positive male role model for her 10-year-old son, Ryan. Meanwhile, across the country in Washington, tightly wound tabloid reporter Vanessa Kohler spins elaborate paranoid fantasies (or are they?) involving personal danger and government conspiracy. These two women-and their respective plot threads-come together when Dan's volatility turns a Little League game into a crime scene, and Vanessa steps forward to support him, at considerable risk. But this is only the beginning of a labyrinthine plot built on twists and surprises. Hint: Vanessa's father is an influential general and political power broker. Margolin isn't the most original writer, but what he lacks in style he makes up for in clarity. Plotting is his strong suit. The artful arrangement of the story's episodes keeps the suspense high, and the author fills in the puzzle shrewdly, with small pieces from all over the chronology. The surprises keep coming, even after the story settles mostly into a courtroom drama, with Ami defending Dan on a high-stakes charge. Agent, Jean Naggar. 5-city author tour. (Mar. 1) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"Lively ... the pacing is brisk, the plot cinematic." -- Janet Maslin in the New York Times "A powerhouse thriller...a relentless gripper ... [that] never loses its fiendish hold on the reader's attention." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Frighteningly plausible...a page turner." -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The suspense [is] high ... surprises keep coming ... a labyrinthine plot built on twists and surprises." -- Publishers Weekly "Delivers the goods, with plenty of action, suspense, and danger." -- Booklist "Margolin's eleventh may be his best, with everything a thriller should have." -- Kirkus Reviews