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Supreme Justice: A Novel of Suspense (Dana Cutler Series) Mass Market Paperback – January 25, 2011
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In this entertaining if predictable sequel to Executive Privilege (2008) from Margolin, policewoman Sarah Woodruff, who's on death row in Oregon, has been tried twice for murdering her lover, John Finley. Sarah's life depends on an appeal to the Supreme Court, but her appeal, if heard, could expose a criminal plot within the CIA. An unexpected vacancy in the court provides one opportunity to quash Woodruff's attempted appeal. For the man at the center of the plot, however, this isn't enough, and a Supreme Court justice becomes a target for assassination. Once again PI Dana Cutler and law clerk Brad Miller find themselves investigating dastardly doings in Washington, D.C., involving a host of conventional characters, from scheming Beltway sachems to a ghetto-raised African-American justice. Thriller fans who like to see the villains receive their just rewards and the good guys come to no harm will find this a comforting read. (June)
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Margolin is usually a sure thing, but this sequel to Executive Privilege (2008) is surprisingly weak. Brad Miller, the lawyer who played a key role in bringing down the U.S. president, is now a clerk for a Supreme Court justice. When seemingly unprovoked attacks on two justices appear to be connected to a pending death-row appeal, Brad and several other characters from the preceding novel race against time to get to the truth. For a debut novelist, this would be an adequate first effort. For a genre veteran like Margolin, it reads like a rough draft: thin characters, dialogue that is frequently stilted, and major structural problems (including a flashback sequence, located in the middle of the book, that amounts to a full third of the novel’s length). Devoted fans will look past the novel’s many flaws to enjoy the intricate story, but this is a far cry from Margolin’s excellent early novels, including Gone, but Not Forgotten (1993) and After Dark (1995). --David Pitt --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Gist of the story, our hero Brad Miller and heroine Dana Cutler are back and eventually teamed together to solve another high profile case because of the powerful people they end up investigating. Brad is thrown into the fire again as he saves the life of a supreme court justice in the parking garage of the Supreme Court Building. He then pulls Dana in to help investigate a case of Certitori that is before the court.
While I enjoyed the book I did have my issues with it. As you read be sure to follow the fact that the time line changes. It starts in 2006 moves to 2011 and goes back to 2006 - 2007 then back again to 2011. That's fine, but I was so excited about the events in 2011 that I got distracted by the prolonged revert back to 2006 and the case that is now coming before the Supreme Court in 2011. I wanted to finalize some things in 2011 but was taken back through the previous case. Yeah, I know you needed that for the development, lets just say I was caught up in the Supreme Court Garage and wanted to know how that was going to turn out.
Margolin does a great job of weaving three sub-plots together into one larger plot. The twists and turns keep you wondering. Oh and the end, I was surprised. There was one more twist to the story that I didn't expect.
While I only gave this 3.5 stars, that's mainly because I so loved Executive Privilege that I couldn't rate this one as high.
But, if you like Margolin's stories I can say that you will enjoy this summer read. Don't pass it up because of my impatience with the back and forth nature of the book.
This book follows on from Executive Privilege with many of the same characters from that book getting up to their elbows and eyeballs in a piece of intrigue that is very,very dangerous.
The connector for the storylines is a petition for a writ of certiorari from a convicted murderer in Oregon to the Supreme Court, the granting of which will unravel some very large misdeeds done by some very important and powerful people who are willing to kill to prevent their misdeeds from being discovered.
Telling you more about the plot would do the book a disservice because the story has many unexpected and unforseen twists and turns which are the hallmark of this author. The court is in session....
The next on my book list will be his third book of the trilogy "Capitol Murder".