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Executive Privilege (Dana Cutler Series) Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009
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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.
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.
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.
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. As it dawns on Cutler, who was pursuing her during the night, she is filled with a terrifying dread. She devises a little insurance for her safety, thinking that she might yet come out of this all right. But when she sees the news about the young woman's death, Cutler decides to take a powder, even though the murder is being attributed to the DC Ripper, a serial killer at work in the nation's capital.
Meanwhile, back in Oregon, Miller is reluctantly starting to believe that Little may actually be innocent as he claims, whether the MO is the same or not. Little has an airtight alibi for the time of the crime. Miller unhappily notes the direction the evidence is taking him: straight to the president of the United States.
Ex-governor of the state of Oregon, Chris Farrington was the poster boy for success and rose to the top political position in an enviably illustrious career. He is now up for re-election, and his opposition is running a strong campaign. The last thing he needs right now is a scandal. Since it can be proven that President Farrington knew Walsh, his relationship with her could be a spoiling point.
But ties to a murdered girl may be the least of the president's problems. Some people have made a connection between Farrington and another dead girl, this one in Oregon. Could the president slip out and commit murder --- several times? It doesn't seem possible. There are too many people around him at all times. So can he explain why his movements on the night of Walsh's death don't seem to coincide with the story he has told the media? Is someone trying to frame him, or is someone trying to protect him? A damaged ex-cop and an inexperienced lawyer know the answers to those questions. Now if they can only live long enough to tell someone.
EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE is chock full of harrowing chases, desperate situations and politics running rampant. Add in the corruption of power and the destructive force of lust, and you have all the ingredients for a winning thriller. Phillip Margolin's latest proves that he hasn't lost his talent for legal drama, and gives us another page-turning read.
--- Reviewed by Kate Ayers
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Well written and a very enjoyable read.
Certainly would recommend.Read more