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Editorial Reviews

Vanessa Kohler, a reporter for a sleazy tabloid, is a paranoid conspiracy theorist. Or is she? She's also the daughter of General Wingate, who is now running for the presidency and who would do anything to keep secret the illegal murderous unit he led while on active duty. This combination results in murder and a cover-up reminiscent of The Manchurian Candidate. Deborah Hazlett is a polished performer. Using inflection and never overemphasizing a subtle clue, she breathes life into the characters and keeps in the foreground the murderous intent of this frighteningly plausible plot.
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Publisher's Summary

It's a beautiful summer night in Portland, Oregon. Ami Vergano, a young attorney and single mother, arrives at her son Ryan's little league game with their tenant and new friend, Dan Morelli. When the assistant coach calls in sick, Morelli seems happy to help out. But then one player roughly blocks another and a fight erupts. Before the game ends, Ami witnesses violence that shocks and horrifies her and makes her question everything she thought she knew about Morelli. On the other side of the continent, ex-mental patient Vanessa Kohler, a reporter for Exposed, a tabloid that specializes in alien abduction stories, watches a piece on television about the little league massacre and quickly places a call to the FBI. For years she's been telling anyone who will listen about a vast government conspiracy to conceal a secret military unit headed by General Morris Wingate, a presidential candidate, and for years everyone has dismissed her stories. But when Vanessa sees Dan Morelli fighting, she believes she's found the key to proving that her theories are true.
Vanessa hires Ami Vergano to represent Morelli, who is charged with attempted murder, and Ami is drawn into Vanessa's paranoid world. Are Vanessa, a former mental patient, and Morelli, a confessed mass murder, telling the truth about one of the nation's most respected soldiers and politicians? Or are their charges the products of two sick minds? Ami has to decide who and what to believe in Phillip Margolin's most exciting and surprising thriller since his breakout best seller Gone, But Not Forgotten.
©2005 Phillip Margolin (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Margolin's eleventh may be his best, with everything a thriller should have." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Delivers the goods, with plenty of action, suspense, and danger." (Booklist)
"The suspense [is] high...surprises keep coming....A labyrinthine plot built on twists and surprises." (Publishers Weekly)
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Customer Reviews

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2 out of 5 stars
By Dawn on 06-02-05

Tedious and Boring

Did I listen to the same book these others have reviewed? The beginning is good and moves along nicely through the little league scene. Then Dan is hospitalized and launches into a long-winded and tedious recounting of his past. Finally we come back to present day, only to hear the same drawn-out story from another character. Then, two hours from the end, we go to court and hear the same dull story a third time! The story drags on until the last 30 minutes or so, then winds up with a predictable ending.
It's hard to say whether the reader aided or abetted. She might do better with better material. In this instance, her sing-song voice just added an element of lullaby to the dull, long-winded story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By James Gordon on 05-30-05

Margolin Changes Genre?

I've always liked Philip Margolin. His "Gone But Not Forgotten" is a masterpiece in the "fool the reader" genre. But over the years, his work, while well written, has taken on a certain predictability. You pretty much knew where it was going from the beginning, even though the getting there was enjoyable.

"Lost Lake" is different. Margolin has entered the spy genre and he does it very well. The novel has all the requisite surprises, but the surprises are accompanied by a new boldness in prose and a humanity in his characters. I like this Margolin very much. I hope he sticks around for awhile.

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