"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 and a USA Today bestseller 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.
This uneven series launch set in Oregon from bestseller Margolin (Violent Crimes and four other Amanda Jaffe novels) revolves around newly hired lawyer Robin Lockwood and her mentor and boss, legendary criminal defense attorney Regina Barrister, who may be experiencing the symptoms of early-onset Alzheimer's. Lockwood is thrown into the fire when Barrister agrees to represent an affluent attorney arrested for the kidnap, torture, and murder of two young women. The third victim escaped, and all evidence points to the accused. While Barrister secretly struggles with a deteriorating memory, Lockwood finds connections between the case and a lawsuit involving a crooked cop with a penchant for abuse. Unfortunately, despite an adequately complex plot and three-dimensional main characters with interesting backstories (Lockwood is also an MMA fighter), the narrative doesn't generate much tension. Here's hoping for a more exciting case in the next outing for Lockwood and company. 100,000-copy announced first printing.
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The Third Victim
Lost a nights sleep reading this book! Just had to finish it!
Waste of money
I couldn’t keep reading this. No coherent story line and just yucky.
What about the first and second victim? Why isn’t this a sequel to other books. Then again third times the charm.