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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061236225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061653377
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The U.S. president becomes a murder suspect in this over-the-top political thriller from bestseller Margolin (Proof Positive). Young Oregon attorney Brad Miller stumbles on wrongdoing in high places while engaged in a routine pro bono case—the filing of an appeal for convicted serial killer Clarence Little. When Miller visits his client in jail, Little insists he's innocent of one murder, that of Laurie Erickson, a babysitter then in the employ of Oregon governor Christopher Farrington, who's since moved on to the White House. Miller finds evidence that someone killed Erickson to cover up her relationship with Farrington. Meanwhile, on the East Coast, PI Dana Cutler suspects that the latest victim of a serial killer known as the D.C. Ripper was also one of Farrington's mistresses. Some readers may wonder why someone trying to protect the president would dispose of his mistresses in a manner sure to attract plenty of attention. (June)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Private detective Dana Cutler receives a seemingly routine assignment to follow a young girl working on a challenger’s campaign against the incumbent U.S. president. To Cutler’s shock, she witnesses a rendezvous between the young woman and the president. The next morning the woman’s mutilated body is discovered, and Cutler is suddenly a suspect. How can she prove her innocence against someone who has the power of the presidency at his disposal? Meanwhile, an associate in a law firm in Portland, Oregon, gets assigned the appeal of a serial killer on death row. The convicted felon claims he didn’t kill one of the victims—a young woman who was working for the state governor at the time—the same man who is now president. Could the president be a serial killer? Both story lines collide in this pulse-pounding thriller from genre veteran Margolin. Expect plenty of buzz for this one as a result of both the intriguing premise and the well-wrought narrative. --Jeff Ayers --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

I grew up in New York City and Levittown, New York. In 1965, I graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor's degree in government. I spent 1965 to 1967 in Liberia, West Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer, graduated from New York University School of Law in 1970 as a night student. I went nights and worked as a junior high teacher in the South Bronx to support myself. My first job following law school was a clerkship with Herbert M. Schwab, the chief judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals, and from 1972 until 1996, I was in private practice, specializing in criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels. As an appellate attorney I have appeared before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the Oregon Court of Appeals. As a trial attorney, I handled all sorts of criminal cases in state and federal court, and have represented approximately thirty people charged with homicide, several of whom faced the death penalty. I was the first Oregon attorney to use battered women's syndrome to defend a woman accused of murdering her spouse.

Since 1996, I have been writing full-time. All of my novels have been bestsellers. Heartstone, my first novel, was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar for best original paperback mystery of 1978. My second novel, The Last Innocent Man, was made into an HBO movie. Gone, But Not Forgotten has been sold to more than twenty-five foreign publishers and was made into a miniseries starring Brooke Shields. It was also the Main Selection of the Literary Guild. After Dark was a Book of the Month Club selection. The Burning Man, my fifth novel, published in August 1996, was the Main Selection of the Literary Guild and a Reader's Digest condensed book. My sixth novel, The Undertaker's Widow, was published in 1998 and was a Book of the Month Club selection. Wild Justice (HarperCollins, September 2000) was a Main Selection of the Literary Guild, a selection of the Book of the Month Club, and was nominated for an Oregon Book Award. The Associate was published by HarperCollins in August 2001, and Ties that Bind was published by HarperCollins in March 2003. My tenth novel, Sleeping Beauty, was published by HarperCollins on March 23, 2004. Lost Lake was published by HarperCollins in March 2005 and was nominated for an Oregon Book Award. Proof Positive was published by HarperCollins in July 2006. Executive Privilege was published by HarperCollins in May 2008 and in 2009 was given the Spotted Owl Award for the Best Northwest Mystery. Fugitive was published by HarperCollins on June 2, 2009. Willamette Writers gave me the 2009 Distinguished Northwest Writers Award. My latest novel, Supreme Justice, was published by HarperCollins in May 2010. My next novel, Capitol Murder, will come out in April 2012.

On October 11, 2011, HarperCollins will publish Vanishing Acts, my first Young Adult novel, which I wrote with my daughter, Ami Margolin Rome. Also in October, the short story "The Case of the Purloined Paget," which I wrote with my brother, Jerry, will be published by Random House in the anthology A Study in Sherlock.

In addition to my novels, I have published short stories and nonfiction articles in magazines and law journals. My short story "The Jailhouse Lawyer" was selected for the anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 1999. The House on Pine Terrace was selected for the anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2010.

From 1996 to 2009 I was the president and chairman of the Board of Chess for Success. I am still heavily involved in the program, and returned to the board after a one-year absence in 2010. Chess for Success is a nonprofit charity that uses chess to teach study skills to elementary- and middle-school children in Title I schools . From 2007 to the present, I have been on the Board of Literary Arts, which sponsors the Oregon Book Awards, the Writers in the Schools program, and Portland Arts and Lectures.

Customer Reviews

The book is one of the best of Phillip Margolin's fiction books.
Almeta B Fridley
I became very interested in the plot, and the characters were well developed so that I felt as if I was a part of the story.
It was well written with interesting characters, multiple plots and fast moving action keeping my interest and attention.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By John R. Linnell on June 27, 2008
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Phillip Margolin is up to his old tricks. He has again come up with a novel which I guarantee you will have a hard time putting down as you read about the trials and tribulations of the two main characters, Dana Cutler and Brad Miller.

Cutler is a former policewoman, now a PI living in the DC area and Miller is a new associate at one of Portland, Oregon's most prestigious law firms. Each accepts an assignment; Cutler to due some surveilance on a young college student and Miller to do a pro bono appeal for a serial killer on Death Row. The common denominator that brings them together is Christopher Farrington. Farrington is the President of the United States.

He was elevated to that position while occupying the Vice Presidency when the elected president died. Farrington, as it turns out, has a zipper problem. He also has a close friend who is his top aide, who has been spending a fair amount of his time fixing that problem for quite some time.

How all of this blends into a real pot boiler of a novel is for the reader to discover and more telling of the story in this review would only dilute the fun.

If you are looking for a book to take on vacation, this would be a good choice, however you might lose some sleep.
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75 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Linda Holman VINE VOICE on May 25, 2008
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Get ready to lose some sleep. I was not able to put this book down, and stayed up until 4 a.m. to finish it! The same thing happened to my mom, who was listening to it on the audio CD version.

I believe this is Mr. Margolin's best effort to date.

The book was fast paced, great characters, and a very credible, entertaining plot. If you like books that cover the U.S. from the West Coast to the East, politicians that you love to hate, lawyers, judges and law enforcement heroes that make you root for the home team and a little romance thrown in, then this is the book for you.

I was very sorry to read that Mr. Margolin's beloved wife passed away early last year. I think that it is possible that this great loss has made him a more powerful, gifted writer, and I sure wish that she was able to read this book. It is truly one of his best.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful By E. Clinton on October 9, 2010
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I have read several thrillers by this author who always makes sure the plot moves well and the characters are well-drawn. There are few subtleties in these books, but they are usually good reads. However, this one was ruined by a poorly thought and totally stupid ending. The scheme to trick the perpetrator is so poorly conceived and poorly executed that, in real life, the perpetrator would have gone free. An incredibly stupid and inane ending, worth of The Dukes of Hazzard or Hogan's Heroes, totally ruined this one for me. I feel that my time was wasted in reading this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Wood on March 28, 2012
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Let me say, after reading this book through my Library's e-book loan program on my Kindle, that this is a rather quick read. It took me a little more than a 24 hour period to read the book. It was worth the read, but I don't know if I would quickly recommend the book to others.

The plot was good, the writing was ok, but there was just something missing from Executive Privilege. I think the problem was the dialogue. It just seemed a bit forced in places. The worst of which was when he was describing the Senators speech about racial profiling. It was just bland, stereotypical and rather pointless. That section actually made me laugh at how horrible the dialogue really was. I hate saying that, but it's true. The entire chapter could've been eliminated, and it would not have taken away from the story in the slightest.

As the title says, I found the resolution to be easily predicted, but it was satisfying nonetheless. I would be happy to read another book from Mr Margolin in the future.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on May 29, 2008
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Brad Miller isn't having his best year. He moved the width of an entire continent, from New York to Oregon, in order to put maximum distance between himself and Bridget Malloy, yet he still thinks of her almost constantly. It was his hope that his new position as junior associate in the state's most prestigious law firm might take his mind off Malloy and their traumatic breakup. Several months of a grueling workload, getting to know his colleagues and learning the ropes, has eased his pain somewhat.

Just when he is starting to feel better, a case is assigned to him that involves potentially appealing the conviction of Clarence Little, the most notorious serial killer Oregon has ever seen. While this may provide the sort of distraction Miller needs to help him forget Malloy, it does not provide much in the way of comfort. Little insists, though, that he has been framed for one of the murders, despite an eerily similar MO.

On the opposite side of the country, in Washington, DC, Dana Cutler is embarking on a new case too, one that will take her places she had never envisioned. An ex-cop with a host of her own bad memories, Cutler now works as a private investigator. She can usually count on high-powered DC attorney Dale Perry to throw business her way at least occasionally. The latest: A simple surveillance of a pretty young college student. Sounds easy. Of course, it isn't. In DC, not much is as it seems. There is always a hidden agenda. And Cutler should have known. The money was just too good.

As the client instructed, Cutler follows Charlotte Walsh and ends up surviving a harrowing evening of jaw-dropping surprises and heart-racing chases. Unfortunately, Walsh does not.
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