Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Executive Privilege by Phillip Margolin


I seem to be on a bit of a thriller jag right now--reading far too many fast moving, plot heavy novels. But I always agree with those who say, "never apologise for your reading taste." It's just the mood I'm in. Maybe I'll re-read John Milton next..... Well, maybe not...

Phillip Margolin's Executive Privilege is another fast moving plot heavy thriller. Margolin is a former criminal defense lawyer in Portland OR. He gets the legal strategies and the beautiful Portland scenery right. He also does a good job with Washington DC and its power brokers.

Dana Cutler is a feisty but troubled private eye. She takes a case to follow a teen-aged girl who turns out to be having an affair with the President of the US. The girl turns up dead.

Meanwhile in Portland, neophyte lawyer Brad Miller is working a pro bono case for a serial killer who claims he was framed for one of the killings--which involved the President back when he was governor of Oregon. These two unlikely characters follow the winding plot through bribery, intimidation and murder never stopping to catch their breath.

Executive Privilege is a quick read, perfect for the rainy days we've been having.

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