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Lawyer and author Phillip Margolin has been writing legal thrillers for more than 40 years. He is not one of my favorite legal thriller authors, but his novels consistently earn 4 stars. The plot is excellent, but the real strength of The Third Victim, released this week, is the fascinating characters. The publisher's summary for The Third Victim comes too close to giving away the plot. Narrator Therese Plummer does a good job of narration.
Margolin has had a prestigious legal career. I've read many of his legal thrillers going back to the mid-1970s when he was in his early 30s. Now in his mid-70's, he continues to write excellent if not outstanding novels.
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I have read a number of Margolin’s books over the years. Most of them take place in Oregon as does this book. Margolin frequently has the hero as a female defense attorney as is the case in this book. Our protagonist is Robin Lockwood. She has obtained her dream job working for Regina Barrister, Oregon’s most famous defense attorney. Regina is defending a fellow local attorney, Alex Mason, who is charged with kidnapping, torture and battery. Robin Lockwood is second chair to Barrister in this case.
The book is mostly well written with a multiple twisting plot. This book is not for everyone because of the descriptions of torture and abuse. Margolin provides not only detective work but courtroom drama. I do not believe this book is up to the usual standards of Margolin, as in my opinion, it is jerky in the flow of the multiple plot lines. But over all I did enjoy the book. I enjoyed the interview with the author at the end of the book.
The book is eight and a half hours. Therese Plummer does a good job narrating the story. Plummer is an actress, voice-over artist and an award-winning audiobook narrator.
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