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First edition.
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New York : Minotaur Books, 2019.
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310 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"The "master of heart-pounding suspense"--New York Times bestseller Phillip Margolin--returns with a new legal thriller starring Robin Lockwood. A young woman accuses a prominent local college athlete of rape. Convicted with the help of undisputable DNA evidence, the athlete swears his innocence and threatens both his lawyer and his accuser as he's sent to prison. Not long after, there's another rape and the DNA test shows that the same person committed both rapes--which is seemingly impossible since the man convicted of the first rape was in prison at the time of the second one. Now, the convicted athlete, joined by a new lawyer, is granted a new trial and bail. Shortly thereafter, his original lawyer disappears and his law partner is murdered. Robin Lockwood is a young lawyer with a prestigious small law firm and a former MMA fighter who helped pay for Yale Law School with her bouts. She is representing the victim of the first rape for her civil lawsuit against her rapist, who is now convinced the rapist is stalking her and trying to intimidate her. At the same time, another client is up on a murder charge--one that should be dismissed as self-defense--but the D.A. trying the case is determined to bring it to trial. Now she has to mastermind two impossible cases, trying to find the hidden truth that links the two of them. Phillip Margolin, the master of the legal thriller, returns in one of his twistiest, most compelling crime novels yet"-- Provided by publisher.
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2018046207
ISBN:
9781250117526 (hardcover)
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205622
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F Mar
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Author Notes
Philip Margolin was born in New York City in 1944. He received a bachelor's degree in government from The American University in 1965. From 1965 to 1967, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia. He graduated from New York University School of Law in 1970. From 1972 until 1996, he was in private practice in Portland, Oregon, specializing in criminal defense. He has tried many high profile cases and has argued in the Supreme Court. He was the first attorney to use the battered woman's syndrome defense in a homicide case in Oregon. <p> His first novel, Heartstone, was published in 1978. He has been a full-time author since 1996. His other works include The Last Innocent Man; Gone, But Not Forgotten; After Dark; The Burning Man; The Undertaker's Widow; Wild Justice; The Associate; Sleeping Beauty; Capitol Murder and Sleight of Hand. He also writes short stories and non-fiction articles in magazines and law journals. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
Robin Lockwood (Female), Lawyer, Young; former MMA fighter; Yale Law School graduate; left clerkship at the Oregon Supreme Court; now works for Regina
Regina Barrister (Female), Criminal lawyer, Legendary criminal defense attorney; known as ¿The Sorceress¿ for her courtroom victories
Genre
Fiction
Legal
Mystery
Thriller
Topics
Women in peril
Rape victims
Rape-murders
College students
False accusations
Lawyers
Trials
Search for truth
Setting
Oregon - West (U.S.) / Pacific Northwest (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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Trade Reviews

  Booklist Review

In the second Robin Lockwood novel (following 2018's The Third Victim), a college athlete is convicted of rape. The conviction seems unshakable, even though the athlete strenuously denies the charge. DNA evidence doesn't lie, after all. Or does it? Lockwood, a young and relatively inexperienced Portland, Oregon, lawyer, soon learns that there is no such thing as completely indisputable evidence. Lockwood may be young (and a new series lead), but Margolin throws her into the deep end with a couple of very tricky cases (there's also a client accused of murder to deal with). Legal-thriller fans will find it satisfying to see Margolin back at the top of his game: after a slump that lasted for a few books, his writing has regained its stylistic flourishes, and his pacing is impeccable.--David Pitt Copyright 2019 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Portland attorney Robin Lockwood (The Third Victim, 2017) gets a second caseor rather a perfect torrent of second cases.Outraged that the police have granted bail to college football star Blaine Hastings, who's accused of raping her daughter, Randi, during a frat party, Maxine Stark wants Robin to sue the pants off the guy. Blaine has big pants, too, since his father, insurance executive Blaine Sr., has money to spare. Armed with DNA evidence, Robin and her trusty investigator, Jeff Hodges, are so successful against Blaine's attorney, Doug Armstrong, that Blaine's bail gets revoked, he's convicted of the crime, and he's resting comfortably in jail when Jessica Braxton lodges her own accusation of rape against an unknown she remembers only as "Ray," and Ray's DNA turns out to be the same as Blaine's. How can the poor boy possibly have assaulted a second victim while he was locked up? The presiding judge, unable to answer this question, grants Blaine bail once more while he awaits a new trial, and he promptly takes offvery wisely in view of the criminal complications about to spring up from every corner in Multnomah County and far beyond. Doug's law partner, Frank Nylander, is beaten to death in his own office; Nylander's client Leonard Voss, who'd sued Norcross Pharmaceuticals for causing his incapacitating stroke, is murdered along with his wife; and Norcross attorney Tyler Harrison III turns up dead in a vacant lot in Manhattan. Closer to home, Margolin reveals that slimy prosecutor Rex Kellerman has embarked on his own one-man carnival of crime, from sleeping with Doug Armstrong's wife to meddling with forensic evidence. What does all this have to do with the alibi Blaine Hastings has for that second rapean alibi so perfect that it casts serious doubt on the DNA evidence that convicted him in the first place? Not a whole lot: The connections among different felonies in this woolly tale are as loose as all those lawyers' connections to the truth.So many murders, so many plotters, so much churn that you may wonder if you accidentally picked up a collection of short stories. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
<p> The "master of heart-pounding suspense"-- New York Times bestseller Phillip Margolin--returns with a new legal thriller starring Robin Lockwood. <br> <br> A young woman accuses a prominent local college athlete of rape. Convicted with the help of undisputable DNA evidence, the athlete swears his innocence and threatens both his lawyer and his accuser as he's sent to prison. Not long after, there's another rape and the DNA test shows that the same person committed both rapes--which is seemingly impossible since the man convicted of the first rape was in prison at the time of the second one. Now, the convicted athlete, joined by a new lawyer, is granted a new trial and bail. Shortly thereafter, his original lawyer disappears and his law partner is murdered. </p><p> Robin Lockwood is a young lawyer with a prestigious small law firm and a former MMA fighter who helped pay for Yale Law School with her bouts. She is representing the victim of the first rape for her civil lawsuit against her rapist, who is now convinced the rapist is stalking her and trying to intimidate her. At the same time, another client is up on a murder charge--one that should be dismissed as self-defense--but the D.A. trying the case is determined to bring it to trial. Now she has to mastermind two impossible cases, trying to find the hidden truth that links the two of them.</p><p> Phillip Margolin, the master of the legal thriller, returns in one of his twistiest, most compelling crime novels yet.</p>
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