Phillip Margolin
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Phillip Margolin

I grew up in New York City and Levittown, New York. In 1965, I graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor's degree in government. I spent 1965 to 1967 in Liberia, West Africa, as a Peace Corps volunteer, graduated from New York University School of Law in 1970 as a night student. I went nights and worked as a junior high teacher in the South Bronx to support myself. My first job following law school was a clerkship with Herbert M. Schwab, the chief judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals, and from 1972 until 1996, I was in private practice, specializing in criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels. As an appellate attorney I have appeared before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Oregon Supreme Court, and the Oregon Court of Appeals. As a trial attorney, I handled all sorts of criminal cases in state and federal court, and have represented approximately thirty people charged with homicide, several of whom faced the death penalty. I was the first Oregon attorney to use battered women's syndrome to defend a woman accused of murdering her spouse.

Since 1996, I have been writing full-time. All of my novels have been bestsellers. Heartstone, my first novel, was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for an Edgar for best original paperback mystery of 1978. My second novel, The Last Innocent Man, was made into an HBO movie. Gone, But Not Forgotten has been sold to more than twenty-five foreign publishers and was made into a miniseries starring Brooke Shields. It was also the Main Selection of the Literary Guild. After Dark was a Book of the Month Club selection. The Burning Man, my fifth novel, published in August 1996, was the Main Selection of the Literary Guild and a Reader's Digest condensed book. My sixth novel, The Undertaker's Widow, was published in 1998 and was a Book of the Month Club selection. Wild Justice (HarperCollins, September 2000) was a Main Selection of the Literary Guild, a selection of the Book of the Month Club, and was nominated for an Oregon Book Award. The Associate was published by HarperCollins in August 2001, and Ties that Bind was published by HarperCollins in March 2003. My tenth novel, Sleeping Beauty, was published by HarperCollins on March 23, 2004. Lost Lake was published by HarperCollins in March 2005 and was nominated for an Oregon Book Award. Proof Positive was published by HarperCollins in July 2006. Executive Privilege was published by HarperCollins in May 2008 and in 2009 was given the Spotted Owl Award for the Best Northwest Mystery. Fugitive was published by HarperCollins on June 2, 2009. Willamette Writers gave me the 2009 Distinguished Northwest Writers Award. My latest novel, Supreme Justice, was published by HarperCollins in May 2010. My next novel, Capitol Murder, will come out in April 2012.

On October 11, 2011, HarperCollins will publish Vanishing Acts, my first Young Adult novel, which I wrote with my daughter, Ami Margolin Rome. Also in October, the short story "The Case of the Purloined Paget," which I wrote with my brother, Jerry, will be published by Random House in the anthology A Study in Sherlock.

In addition to my novels, I have published short stories and nonfiction articles in magazines and law journals. My short story "The Jailhouse Lawyer" was selected for the anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 1999. The House on Pine Terrace was selected for the anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2010.

From 1996 to 2009 I was the president and chairman of the Board of Chess for Success. I am still heavily involved in the program, and returned to the board after a one-year absence in 2010. Chess for Success is a nonprofit charity that uses chess to teach study skills to elementary- and middle-school children in Title I schools . From 2007 to the present, I have been on the Board of Literary Arts, which sponsors the Oregon Book Awards, the Writers in the Schools program, and Portland Arts and Lectures.

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Best Sellers

    • The Perfect Alibi

    • A Novel
    • By: Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 322
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 281
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 281

    A young woman accuses a prominent local college athlete of rape. Convicted with the help of indisputable DNA evidence, the athlete swears his innocence and threatens both his lawyer and his accuser as he's sent to prison. Not long after, there's another rape with evidence of the same DNA....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent legal thriller...

    • By shelley on 03-08-19

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Third Victim

    • A Novel
    • By: Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 839
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 781
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 777

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Better than most.

    • By Debra on 05-08-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Wild Justice

    • By: Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 317
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 148

    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...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • De gustibus...

    • By Susan on 01-23-11

    Regular price: $25.09

    • Sleeping Beauty

    • By: Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated by: Houston Suzanne
    • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 183
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 85

    Author Miles Van Meter is on a book tour to promote his sensational best seller Sleeping Beauty, a true-crime account of a deeply personal subject....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I loved this book

    • By Joel on 05-01-04

    Regular price: $28.51

    • The Burning Man

    • By: Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated by: David de Vries
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 79

    Peter Hale is a young attorney with a lot to prove. Crossing his father, one of Portland's most powerful lawyers, was a costly mistake....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Audible App

    • By M Holmes on 04-29-19

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Capitol Murder

    • By: Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 237
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 209

    Private investigator Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller have overcome more than a few daunting challenges and powerful enemies to see justice done....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • They're back! A Really Fun Series.

    • By Charles Atkinson on 02-26-14

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Executive Privilege

    • By: Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 829
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 436
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 436

    When private detective Dana Cutler is hired by an attorney with powerful political connections, the assignment seems simple enough....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good listen

    • By Hermano on 01-25-10

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Sleight of Hand

    • A Novel of Suspense
    • By: Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 182
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 161

    Charles Benedict and private investigator Dana Cutler are on a collision course set in motion by Benedict's greatest sleight of hand yet: framing a millionaire for the murder of his much younger wife....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • It should've been a better book

    • By Mary on 04-18-13

    Regular price: $25.09

    • Supreme Justice

    • A Novel of Suspense
    • By: Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 276
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 178
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180

    Phillip Margolin returns to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., with an exciting thriller about a ghost ship and the President's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Damn good story!

    • By John on 05-06-14

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Ties That Bind

    • By: Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 157
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    On the outside, Amanda Jaffe has healed from the traumatic events that concluded Wild Justice, but inside, she's struggling to regain her self-assurance....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Book!

    • By William on 06-08-04

    Regular price: $21.67

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