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Proof Positive (Amanda Jaffe Series) Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2007
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A homeless person, suffering from mental issues, is accused of a rather gruesome murder that nearly appears to be an open-and-shut case. His attorney has that small voice that says she believes that he didn't do it, but the evidence is overwhelming. Meanwhile, her father is defending a crime boss's muscle who's been accused of murdering a junkie tied to a rival. Again, the evidence points directly to the accused, but there's still the insistence that he didn't do it. When they start comparing notes and poking at the few open issues, they discover a common thread... the same forensic expert for the State is involved in all the cases. When an additional lawyer brings in a case that bears the same characteristics, the pressure starts to build and people start dying to cover up the truth... whatever it may be.
I like Margolin's writing a lot... The pacing in Proof was good, and the premise was a bit different than stories I've read of late. What *would* happen if a criminologist went bad and started determining who should and shouldn't be innocent or guilty? I'll also confess to a certain bias towards his novels because they are all set in my home town of Portland Oregon. Reading a story and visualizing each location exactly as it exists always adds an element of enjoyment for me...
A great summer read, and one that should appeal to anyone who is hooked on the CSI-style shows currently in vogue on network TV.
Bernard Cashman, a respected forensic expert who works for the Oregon State Crime Laboratory, has set himself up as judge and jury in certain criminal cases where he has been the lead crime scene investigator. Cashman, with almost godlike power, has manipulated critical evidence to send innocent people suspected of heinous crimes to jail and, at times, to their state sanctioned deaths.
Jacob Cohen, a mentally ill homeless man with a prior rape conviction stands accused of brutally murdering a woman. His lawyer, Doug Weaver, is convinced his client is innocent. Confused by evidence that just doesn't add up, he consults Amanda Jaffe, a successful defense attorney who is a partner in her father Frank Jaffe's law firm.
Frank Jaffe, whose clients include major mob figures, is presently working on a seemingly unrelated case. Vicious gangster Art Prochaska is accused of murdering an informer. Clued-in by some remarks her father made while discussing his case, Amanda begins to closely examine the seemingly airtight evidence submitted in both cases. She finds unsettling discrepancies. And when a fellow crime scene investigator approaches Dr. Cashman with major concerns about past cases, people begin to die - Bigtime!
This is Ms. Jaffe's third appearance in a Margolin crime thriller, and while she makes a credible heroine, she is not the strongest of characters. She serves the purpose of competent investigator, but I would not read a Margolin mystery just because it features Amanda Jaffe.Read more ›
Enter Bernard Cushman, forensic scientist for Oregon State Crime Lab, a place where a fingerprint can mean the difference in life or death. This is no spoiler, as Phillip Margolin shows early in the novel that something is not quite right about Cushman. The reader's introduction comes after the execution of one of four men his forensic science put on death row. He celebrates with champagne and caviar. "He wished others were here to celebrate with him, but he knew many people would find his celebration inappropriate, peculiar, or both" (14).
Margolin uses the omniscient viewpoint of entering every character whose thought processes are revealed. One way of writing a thriller is to write omnisciently, keeping the reader current with all hidden stuff, knowing what each character's connection with it is as it happens. The other way allows the reader to follow the story through the viewpoint of only the main character, usually the detective or surgeon or criminalist, allowing the reader to learn information only as the character finds it. Margolin mostly does a good job with the former technique, but halfway through the novel, it does become wearing. First, character in dialog, then writer gives character's thought process behind dialog, then dialog, then thoughts, and so on.
The story has multiple characters, including two sets of attorneys working with two sets of clients. The crime lab makes the defining difference.Read more ›
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This book starts off a little slow. I kept reading though hoping it would pick up shortly and it did. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shasta
I always enjoy this author's plots and storylines. But to tell the truth, he's a little boring. The characters are too predictable and lack personalities, therefore, a lack of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ron Phair
I have enjoyed the entire "Amanda Jaffee" series!!!
I guess I just enjoy Phillip Margolin.
This another very satisfying novel about Portland defense attorney Amanda Jaffe.Published 4 months ago by Novel Man