Author: Philip Margolin
Rating: 4 out of 5
This is the second book in Margolin’s new Robin Lockwood legal thriller series. The first one saw Lockwood, move from clerking for one of the Oregon Supreme Court Justices to become a partner at a legal defense practice. Now, her former boss has left the practice and Lockwood is a fully fledged practicing counsel. In this story, she has two cases to work. One is a criminal case defending a ex-con accused of killing an off-duty cop. The other is a civil case where she is representing a young rape victim suing her attacker. Both cases are interesting, together the plot line becomes somewhat confusing.
The multitude of characters and plot convolutions require a lot of focus as the book is quite complex, especially as Margolin introduces a twist on DNA evidence. I enjoyed the story but had to stay on my toes. Lockwood is developing into a great new legal character and this story is as good as the first. I particularly like the fact that it is set in Portland, my hometown. I would recommend this book. Margolin is as good as Grisham or Turow, and is at the height of his game. Bring on Lockwood #3!
My thanks to the publisher St. Martin's and to NetGalley for giving me a pre-publication copy in exchange for my honest review.