Second Sunday: Phillip Margolin

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  3/1/2016

Phillip Margolin Deschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin to Second Sunday on March 13 at the Downtown Bend Library. The program begins at 2:00 p.m. Books will be available for sale courtesy of Sunriver Books & Music.

Margolin is the author of 21 novels, many of them New York Times bestsellers, including his latest novels Woman with a Gun, Worthy Brown’s Daughter, Sleight of Hand, and the Washington trilogy. Each displays a unique, compelling insider’s view of criminal behavior, which comes from Margolin’s long background as a criminal defense attorney who has handled 30 murder cases. He is the winner of the Distinguished Northwest Writer Award and lives in Portland, Oregon. Deschutes Public Library included Margolin in the 2009 Celebrate Oregon Authors series, highlighting the Oregon authors who have, and continue to define the literary landscape.

His newest novel, Violent Crimes (Harper, February 2016), follows Portland lawyer Amanda Jaffee – a fan favorite since Margolin introduced her in Wild Justice ‒ as she works a complex case that involves environmentalists, Big Oil, an estranged father and son, and possibly the greatest ethical dilemma of her career.

Margolin, who keeps an idea file for inspiration, saved an article about the way criminologists use pollen in crime detection. “It was unusual and I decided I wanted to use the idea in a book someday,” he says. That idea became the genesis of Violent Crimes. Margolin relied on his years of experience in the courtroom and insight into criminal behavior to create a story that is both thrilling and authentic.

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.

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