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Wild Justice | [Phillip Margolin]

Wild Justice

Phillip Margolin, best selling author of The Undertaker's Widow, introduces the world to the first genuinely monstrous psychopath of the new century. Also available abridged.
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Publisher's Summary

In a mountain cabin, a detective opens a Pandora's box of horror that will haunt him to his dying day. Within hours, Vincent Cardoni - a brilliant surgeon with a history of violence and drug abuse - is arrested for the heinous crime. Facing a seemingly insurmountable wall of evidence, he turns to top criminal defense attorney Frank Jaffe and his daughter Amanda. Her first taste of criminal defense work raises moral questions Amanda is loathe to address. Is she defending an innocent man or using her considerable skills to set a monster free? Then, Cardoni mysteriously disappears. Four years later, a second set of killings begins...Has Cardoni resurfaced? Is this the work of a copy-cat killer? Or has the real killer been someone else all along? Following a twisting trail of clues, including a harrowing diary that clinically records the killer's deeds, Amanda and detective Bobby Vasquez become targets of the first genuinely monstrous psychopath of the new century.

©2000 Phillip M. Margolin; ©2000 Harper Collins Publishers Inc., All Rights Reserved; (P)2000 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Skillful plotting, good writing, an excellent cast of characters." (Nelson DeMille )
"It takes a really crafty storyteller to put people on the edge of their seats and keep them there. Phillip Margolin does just that." (Chicago Tribune)

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    Book and Movie Lover Austin 03-13-08
    Book and Movie Lover Austin 03-13-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Great twists & turns"

    Mysteries & thrillers are my favorite genre on audible and this was one of the best I've heard so far. Not THE best but definitely at the top of the list. Riveting, good narration (to what are other reviewers referring?) and well developed plot. Definitely recommend. Also "Sleeping Beauty" by this author is very good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Chula Vista, CA, United States 05-25-05
    Amber Chula Vista, CA, United States 05-25-05
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    "Loved It"

    This is the second book I have read from this author. The first one was "Sleeping Beauty" (which was amazing). This author seems to have a plot pattern he likes to follow, but I don't care! I loved this book. I have never listened or read a book that has plot twists that this author uses, so I am very happy with him. This book kept me on the edge of my seat.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry Magnolia, TX, USA 05-29-04
    Jerry Magnolia, TX, USA 05-29-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Good book; bad narrator..."

    I love Margolin's work, and this is another cracking good story that whips you right along. My one complaint is the narration, at times almost cartoonish. It's so bad that I almost stopped listening very early on. I'm glad I didn't, because the story was worth the annoyance. It's not the narrator's normal voice that's the problem, but rather the voice she assumes when she attempts to do various male characters.

    I'm giving this one 3 stars, but it would definitely be 4 if not for the narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Gt. Barrington, MA, USA 10-08-03
    Melissa Gt. Barrington, MA, USA 10-08-03
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    "Good Story, Poor Narration"

    I liked the story; it kept me guessing. I really wish it had a different narrator, though. Or perhaps it was also the way it was edited. I don't care for her voice, but the worst part was the timing. Both distracted from the story. Too bad. . .

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Berlin, Germany 01-23-11
    Susan Berlin, Germany 01-23-11 Member Since 2002
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    "De gustibus..."

    I have not finished listening to the book yet, although it definitely holds my attention. The reason I came to this page today is that I was thinking how much I enjoyed the narrator and wanted to see what other books read by her are available -- so I was surprised to see all the negative feedback regarding the narration. It just goes to show -- different strokes for different folks... While I like Field's narrator's voice best (it's simply pleasant to listen to), I'm amazed at her ability to give each character his or her own distinct voice, so you always know who is speaking -- quite a feat in my book! So don't be put off by the reviews, listen to the sample and decide for yourself if this is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond north lauderdale, FL, USA 06-03-03
    Raymond north lauderdale, FL, USA 06-03-03
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    "wild justice"

    This book was great. kept me guessing all the way til the end.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Kenmore, WA, USA 06-23-03
    Cindy Kenmore, WA, USA 06-23-03
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    "Wild Justice"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was suspensefull and kept my attention all the way through. It will keep you guessing.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Hoover, AL, United States 09-06-12
    Stephen Hoover, AL, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story. Wonderful Ending"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wild Justice to be better than the print version?

    No. There was only one reader on the book and it took a little away from the book, but not much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked both of the Jaffes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I have read the author before and enjoyed his work. The hero in this series is Amanda Jaffe, a defense attorney. A very good book. A lot of twists and turns. I really loved the ending. I will be reading the next book in the Amanda Jaffe series soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin United States 07-30-12
    Kevin United States 07-30-12
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    "Entertaining Coasterr Ride"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wild Justice to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What other book might you compare Wild Justice to and why?

    Gone But Not Forgotten. Who done it type thriller, suspense until the end.


    Have you listened to any of Anna Fields’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Devil In Disguise


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it but it was kind of predictable. Unlike Margolins other books. Still entertaining none the less

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Alexandria Bay, NY, United States 10-22-10
    Judy Alexandria Bay, NY, United States 10-22-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Voice of the reader takes away from the story"

    As much as I like Phillip Margolin.....I had a difficult time with this book because of the woman reader. She was constantly trying to sound like various male voices and at times it was testing my patience. The story would have been more interesting if a man's voice was used because there are so few female characters that when he wanted to sound like a woman it wouldn't be often and therefore wouldn't take away from the story. This woman reader tries too hard to give the male voices accents that it is distracting. Come on Phillip....you have good stories but you need someone to read them better and make them real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jill
    Hunstanton, Norfolk, United Kingdom
    12/28/05
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    "Keeps you guessing"

    Quite a nerve-wracking read in the dark evenings. Enough twists and turns to keep you guessing all the way through. Even when you think you know who did it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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