Portland author Phil Margolin reads from his latest book, "The Third Victim".
Phil Margolin is a New York Times bestselling author many times over. His background as a successful defense attorney, arguing death penalty cases and appearing before the Supreme Court, lends kernels of truth and authenticity to his works.
In THE THIRD VICTIM, New York Times best-selling author Phillip Margolin begins a new series combining heart-pounding suspense with his first-hand experience in the courtroom.
The Third Victim opens on a dark road in rural Oregon, where a driver encounters a lone woman, beaten and bloodied, who tells him how she escaped from a house where a kidnapper had tortured her. The house, it turns out, belongs to prominent Oregon attorney Alex Mason. Mason insists that he's innocent, but investigators link him to the deaths of two other women, who were similarly kidnapped and tortured. And after Mason's wife gives a statement about his sexual sadism, and physical evidence found at the house, Mason's conviction looks certain.
Legendary criminal defense attorney Regina Barrister, known as "The Sorceress" for her courtroom victories, steps in to take Mason's case. But Barrister's got a secret, one that threatens her skill, her reputation, and, most of all, her clients.
Taking second chair in the case is Robin Lockwood, a young lawyer and former MMA fighter, who has just left a clerkship at the Oregon Supreme Court to work for Barrister. The Alex Mason trial is her first big one, and Lockwood becomes increasingly worried that her boss's behavior and the details in the case against their client don't quite add up.