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Worthy Brown's Daughter Hardcover – January 21, 2014
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
On the other hand, if you want a historical novel, you can give this one a miss without second thoughts. The characters and situations are thoroughly modern, without even a half-hearted attempt to embed them in 1860 Oregon. The few bits of research are paraded obviously ("there were no courthouses in Oregon in 1860","the population of San Francisco in 1860 was 56,802") and anachronisms abound. The period is an uneasy conglomeration of the somewhat earlier Illinois circuit court environment of Young Mr. Lincoln with the later brawling frontier world shown in Deadwood, or perhaps the Western justice illustrated in Have Gun Will Travel. On top of that, this is a legal thriller, not a novel. There is no character development or realistic dialog. Every expression and emotion is laboriously explained to the reader. There is no sense of place or atmosphere, descriptions are superficial and clichéd.Read more ›
I was sent this book from Amazon vine, in return for my review and I couldn't be happier that I picked this book.
The time is 1860 and Oregon is really beginning to grow. Matthew Penny and his wife decide to move west from Ohio and travel by wagon train. However, Matthew losses his wife when a wagon is swept down a river crossing.
With this burden behind him, he moves to Phoenix, Oregon where he's appointed to defend a man accused of theft. He doesn't win the case but does a fine job with the man's defense. Later, another man approaches him and tells him that this man has information that Matthew can use to win another case he was preparing for. All this man wants is the promise from Matthew that if the information helps, Matthew would promise to return the favor. (For just a bit, it seems like the devil in Damn Yankees).
Matthew wins the new case and what the man wants is Matthew's help in getting his daughter who is being kept as a slave by a wealthy but unscrupulous man.
It's difficult not to give away plot but the story moves along swiftly. The characters are vividly drawn as is the setting of the early days of Portland, Oregon. We see such things as the first steam locomotive in that part of the country.
This is one of the best books I've read this year. My heart was beating faster and faster as I approached the conclusion that was both appropriate and satisfying.
The second plot focuses on a young lawyer, Matthew Perry, who falls in love with the daughter of an extremely rich man and she with him. His wife had recently died and while he is in love with the young woman, he is still in love with his first wife and is still grieving. He represents Worthy in trying to free his daughter from the former slave owner Caleb Barbour.
Complicating the prior events is the murder of Barbour with Worthy being charged with the crime. Matthew Perry knows that Worthy did not commit the murder and who actually did so, but is unable to disclose this because of several obstacles he is unable to overcome.
While these events transpire, an attractive former prostitute decides to fake a marriage to the very wealthy man and kill him so she can inherit his fortune.
The four plots are filled with noteworthy events that occurred during the pre-civil war era out west and a host of fascinating characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a good book; enjoyed reading a book by Margolin which was a departure from his usual genre.Published 3 months ago by Isabel Hayhurst
Very interesting twist for Margolin as he goes back to the mid-19th century in Pioneer Oregon.Published 3 months ago by David W. Weston
A very good read. Completely engaging. You will not regret this selection.Published 4 months ago by SouthernGyrl
I really like Phillip Margolin books especially Heartstone. This one just did not strike a chord with me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Worthy Brown's Daughter brought to life the struggles of both slaves and freed slaves in the 1860's. It engrossed me from the very start.Published 5 months ago by Norma thweatt
This was a great book. I loved the story and the hearing in the courtroom. Very cleaver and well written.Published 5 months ago by cindy tyner