Normally I stay away from legal thrillers, and those that involve politics? Never. But I saw this book listed, and remembered that many years ago, I'd gone to a book signing by Phillip Margolin in Palo Alto. Funny things is, I still remember many of the things Margolin said that night -- it was one of the best author signings I've ever been to.
Unlike many authors who seem to have their main objective as getting done with this event and getting out of there, Margolin seemed to enjoy chatting with readers. Much more than most authors, he talked about himself, offering personal details, how several of his books came to be, how he worked, and more. Then someone asked him what his favorite book was, and noting that he -- like most of us -- had many favorites, he named "Stone City" by Mitchell Smith. I walked out of that bookstore that night not only with several of Margolin's books, but also 'Stone City', which is indeed a very good book.
I'm not sure why, but at some point I didn't keep up with Margolin's books, but now, seeing the Audible edition of 'Executive Privilege'. it was time to jump back in. Glad I did. I listened to this book in just two days -- I should have quit on that second day, done something else, but decided to keep doing household tasks so I could keep listening. There was never a good time to quit.
Anybody who reads these kinds of thrillers knows how it's going to end -- the bad guys (or girls) are caught, the little-guy (or girl) lawyer comes out on top, the perpetrators of evil get their just deserts, and the world is a better place. The interesting factor in this book is that you really don't know who the bad guy is -- or at least, I didn't see it coming until it was right in front of me. Today, with an abundance of sleazy politicians, ruthless aides, big money law firms and other corrupt denizens of the DC ruling class, sexual shenanigans abound -- together with the need to cover it all up. The story rings true on many counts.
The only fiction is that the bad guys got caught. In today's world, I think we're seeing that they almost always get away with it.
Anyway, great book. Thoroughly enjoyable, flawless narrator, just great entertainment.
This is a story involving politics and murderers in high places. I began to figure out the potential ending (who done it) about midway through but the story was suspenseful enough that I kept listening. While listening to the story, I kept thinking that I wanted to know more about the character Cutler which was eventually provided in the last few chapters. Cutler is a badass woman! and is the character I liked the most even before I was given her backstory. There are a lot of characters in this story which were developed well enough that I could imagine what most looked like. I liked the narrator but he had the distracting habit of using long pauses between paragraphs (? I think!). I think the editors could have cleared up these long pauses they were way tooooo noticeable! A good listen, I would recommend.
Totally addicted to Audible.
Well worth the time and effort, this book has intriguing characters and a fast-paced storyline. I will be watching for more from this author.
The female detective, the young lawyer and several other characters are key to the story, but the various FBI and Secret Service officers blend quickly into anonymous types. The story is sometimes predictable but with an engaging sense of humor about it all. No sex, but a rather graphic description of several disturbing murders.
However, this book has one of the worst narrators and poorest productions I've ever heard. The narrator's most annoying habit is trying to establish excitement by simply reading LOUDLY.
A nice Presidential crisis story, not that we've ever had such a thing in real life. Not for everyone, but entertaining.
A trial lawyer from Milwaukee
The dialogue was so terrible that I quit half way through. Try anything by Harlan Coben or John Sandford-- you won't be able to go back.
Big Band jazz lover
I've been a Margolin fan for quite awhile and thought this as good as any other I've read. The plot was interesting (if not predictable) and the characters were reasonably well developed but the ending lacked punch and credibility.
I was also disappointed by the quality and/or style of the narrator. His imitation of women's voices was off the mark and his habit of drawing out consonents (especially 's') on the ends of words was annoying. His use of silence (to presumably heighten suspense/command interest) was also irritating. My recommendation is to "read" this book, not listen to it.
The story was kind of silly in re: the handling of the President and his reactions to things but overall this was an entertaining read (listen).
A book you won't want to stop listening to, as a matter of fact, I listened to it all day until it was over, you won't be disappointed, be sure to get it...
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
This book will not win any awards, but it did entertain me. It prompted me to get the next book in the series. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next one. The narrator did an excellent job.