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The third victim
2018
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When a series of abductions, tortures and murders are traced to the home of a prominent attorney in rural Oregon, a rookie lawyer becomes a second chair to a legendary criminal defense attorney who holds a dangerous secret. By the best-selling author of Lost Lake. - (Baker & Taylor)

When a series of abductions, tortures, and murders are traced to the home of a prominent attorney in rural Oregon, a rookie lawyer becomes a second chair to a legendary criminal defense attorney who holds a dangerous secret. - (Baker & Taylor)

"Margolin continues his return to the exceptional form of his early novels with this gripping, tightly plotted, and smoothly written legal thriller... A winner from a veteran genre author." —Booklist

The “master of heart-pounding suspense” returns with a brand new series—The Third Victim is New York Times bestseller Phillip Margolin at his very best.

A woman stumbles onto a dark road in rural Oregon—tortured, battered, and bound. She tells a horrific story about being kidnapped, then tortured, until she finally managed to escape. She was the lucky one—two other women, with similar burns and bruises, were found dead.

The surviving victim identifies the house where she was held captive and the owner, Alex Mason—a prominent local attorney—is arrested. Although he loudly insists upon his innocence, his wife’s statements about his sexual sadism and the physical evidence found at the scene, his summer home, is damning.

Regina Barrister is a legendary criminal defense attorney, known as “The Sorceress” for her courtroom victories. But she’s got a secret, one that threatens her skill, her reputation, and, most of all, her clients. And she’s agreed to take on the seemingly impossible task of defending Alex Mason.

Robin Lockwood, a young lawyer and former MMA fighter, has just left a clerkship at the Oregon Supreme Court to work for Regina Barrister. The Alex Mason trial is her first big one, a likely death penalty case, and she’s second chair to Regina. Increasingly, she’s worried her boss’s behavior and the details in the case against their client don’t quite add up.

- (McMillan Palgrave)

Author Biography

PHILLIP MARGOLIN has written over twenty novels, most of them New York Times bestsellers, including Gone But Not Forgotten, Lost Lake, and Violent Crimes. In addition to being a novelist, he was a long time criminal defense attorney with decades of trial experience, including a large number of capital cases. Margolin lives in Portland, Oregon. - (McMillan Palgrave)

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Booklist Reviews

A woman accuses a well-known attorney of kidnapping and torturing her. Despite both evidence found at the location where she says she was held and troubling statements made by the accused's wife, the attorney insists he is innocent. He hires the noted defense lawyer Regina Barrister to prove his innocence, but Robin Lockwood, Barrister's "second chair," soon begins to wonder if there's something going on behind the scenes, something that would cast the relationship between Barrister and her client in a whole new light. Margolin continues his return to the exceptional form of his early novels with this gripping, tightly plotted, and smoothly written legal thriller. Barrister is an especially compelling creation: brilliant but deeply flawed, although the particulars of that flaw are withheld from the reader until the author is prepared to divulge them: he gives us hints but nothing solid until it's just the right time. A winner from a veteran genre author who has thoroughly rebooted his career after a lackluster few books. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Library Journal Reviews

Escaping from a kidnapping that has left two other women dead, the burned and battered "third victim" identifies hotshot local attorney Alex Mason as the culprit. With physical evidence and a damning statement from Mason's wife, the case appears virtually solved. What complicates things: Mason's brilliant defense attorney Regina Barrister is carrying around a deep, dark secret, and second-in-command Robin Lockwood is bothered by her boss's erratic behavior and aspects of the case that don't make sense. With a 100,000-copy announced marketing distribution, which tells you how many copies will be available in all formats upon publication.

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

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