The Third Victim

The Third Victim

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"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.

Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250117502
Characteristics: 312 pages


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May 09, 2019

great book. have read many and will keep reading them.

Apr 01, 2019

The Third Vicitm is a very complex legal thriller, not only with an intriguing, misdirecting 'who done it' factor but with compelling problems potentially and probably facing real life lawyers and others. My son (who is a lawyer) and I actually discussed this not long ago: how do you recognize then tell someone they are failing through no fault of their own and that it is adversely affecting their work?

Obviously, this was not the prominent theme of the book, but that ribbon of narrative running through the story caused me to wonder and constantly re-evaluate who actually was the third victim: the attorney, the client, the person actually the third victim and/or numerous others and it is pivotal in the outcome of the legal case.

Well done (again) Phillip.
4 Stars, B+

Mar 26, 2019

This book was a very enjoyable read and I finished it in two days. I cannot wait to read more books by this author.

Mar 01, 2019

Sure, lots of characters and sub-plots but it was fact paced, easy read and moves along at good pace. I had a hard time putting it down. Read it in 2 days. It's my first Phillip Margolin book...but definitely NOT my last!

Dec 11, 2018

Be prepared to read descriptions about brutual sex and violence to females. This is a police procedural story with lawyers, lawyer's investigator's, and police detectives playing important parts in interviewing suspects and victims. Court proceedings, of course, play a featured role as witnesses, victims, and suspects testify. The story has a "She said/He said" construct with fingers being pointed at victims and suspects. It's the end result of the charges - the sentencing - that lends an immediacy to finding out how the crime was conceived, conducted, and what the end goal was. The storyline reminded me of the deceit in G Flynn's novel, "Gone Girl". After a while, my head was spinning with the many theories the author had in moving his plot forward probably wondering which would make the better solution.

bluejay1972 Jul 18, 2018

Thought this was a great read. Kept my interest throughout and the ending was unexpected.

Jun 03, 2018

Good Book! I thought this book had a good plot, strong characters and twist and turns. It held my interest till the end.

Jun 01, 2018

A great mystery, some court drama, and I thought the part about Alzheimer's was most interesting.

debwalker May 20, 2018

A rave review from Margaret Cannon. Say no more!

Apr 25, 2018

A great read, as always, from Phillip Margolin.

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