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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Susan
  • Berlin, Germany
  • 01-23-11

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Amber
  • Chula Vista, CA, United States
  • 05-25-05

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Roger
  • Charlotte, NC, USA
  • 05-30-07

Great Novel

I read the reviews and complaints about the reader using lame voices. That was not even a problem for me. The voices were such a minor distraction that once I got used to the reader's style, I got into the story completely. This is a really well thought out story and I really enjoyed it. My only criticism is that there were at least three voids in the story line. The voice just dropped out for several seconds. Even so, this didn't effect my understanding of what was going on. I'm going to be downloading more of Phillip Margolin!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • Winston Salem, NC, United States
  • 05-14-09

Okay.

The plot twists were predictable, so for me the question was, how will the author get to where it is obvious he's going. Margolin is a good story-spinner and creates interesting characters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 10-10-14

Yikes Is This Improbable!

I really like Amanda Jaffe, Phillip Margolin's star character here in Wild Justice. And yeah, Margolin is like a great carpenter, but in this case, not a designer of fine furniture. There's a difference, right? While he puts the story together with competent precision… Well if this story were a cabinet, it'd sure have a lot of gaps, holes, bulges, clashing colors, and improbable joints.

Still, I listened to the end because Anna Fields is a terrific actress (can't wait to hear her tell me more stories) and Margolin is a master carpenter and its entertaining to watch him saw, bang, paint, and join stuff. I'll get more of his books, but like a quarter mile secret tunnel snaking out beneath a suburban home… This one's too improbable to believe.

If I had it to do over again… Nope, I wouldn't.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Raymond
  • north lauderdale, FL, USA
  • 06-03-03

wild justice

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

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Good first book

Narrator ruined the book!! Listened to get to the next I the series. Story line was satisfying

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Melissa
  • Gt. Barrington, MA, USA
  • 10-08-03

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. . .

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jerry
  • Magnolia, TX, USA
  • 05-29-04

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.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Jill
  • 12-28-05

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