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Publisher's Summary

The "master of heart-pounding suspense" returns with a brand-new audiobook series - The Third Victim is New York Times best seller Phillip Margolin at his very best. 
A woman stumbles onto a dark road in rural Oregon - tortured, battered, and bound. She tells a horrific story about being kidnapped, then tortured, until she finally managed to escape. She was the lucky one - two other women, with similar burns and bruises, were found dead. 
The surviving victim identifies the house where she was held captive, and the owner, Alex Mason - a prominent local attorney - is arrested. Although he loudly insists upon his innocence, his wife's statements about his sexual sadism and the physical evidence found at the scene, his summer home, is damning. 
Regina Barrister is a legendary criminal defense attorney, known as "The Sorceress" for her courtroom victories. But she's got a secret, one that threatens her skill, her reputation, and, most of all, her clients. And she's agreed to take on the seemingly impossible task of defending Alex Mason. 
Robin Lockwood, a young lawyer and former MMA fighter, has just left a clerkship at the Oregon Supreme Court to work for Regina Barrister. The Alex Mason trial is her first big one, a likely death penalty case, and she's second chair to Regina. Increasingly, she's worried her boss' behavior and the details in the case against their client don't quite add up.
This program includes a bonus conversation with the author.
©2018 Phillip Margolin (P)2018 Macmillan Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Margolin continues his return to the exceptional form of his early novels with this gripping, tightly plotted, and smoothly written legal thriller.... A winner from a veteran genre author." (Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Wayne on 03-07-18

Excellent legal thriller!

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 03-22-18


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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