Executive Privilege - 2008
New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin is back, this time with a powerful tale of murder that snakes its way through Washington, D.C.'s halls of power, leading straight to the White House and the most powerful office on earth.
When private detective Dana Cutler is hired by an attorney with powerful political connections, the assignment seems simple enough: follow a pretty college student named Charlotte Walsh and report on where she goes and whom she sees. But then the unexpected happens. One night, Cutler follows Walsh to a secret meeting with Christopher Farrington, the president of the United States. The following morning, Walsh's dead body shows up and Cutler has to run for her life.
In Oregon, Brad Miller, a junior associate in a huge law firm is working on the appeal of a convicted serial killer. Clarence Little, now on death row, claims he was framed for the murder of a teenager who, at the time of her death, worked for the then governor, Christopher Farrington. Suddenly, a small-time private eye and a fledgling lawyer find themselves in possession of evidence that suggests that someone in the White House is a murderer. Their only problem? Staying alive long enough to prove it.
Executive Privilege, with its nonstop action, unforgettable characters, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, proves once again that Phillip Margolin—whose work has been hailed as "frighteningly plausible" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) and "twisted and brilliant" (Chicago Tribune)—belongs in the top echelon of thriller writers.
MORE PRAISE FOR PHILLIP MARGOLIN’S EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE:
“Sizzle factor: .38 Special hot. Sure, the novel's premise is a tad far-fetched, but don't we all love to fantasize about the dark and sordid secret lives of the people who run our government?” —USA Today
“Executive Privilege" is just the kind of sizzling mystery needed for this long, hot summer. Margolin is the master of the successful suspense mystery. He gives you liberal doses of danger and evil villains, and keeps the action moving. He keeps you wondering, too, bringing in a variety of situations that will have the reader guessing what is going on and who is to blame. With believable characters and compelling writing, "Executive Privilege" adds up to another exciting trip through one of Margolin's fast-paced plots.” —Associated Press
“Mixing crime and politics may make for a bad career, but it sure as hell makes for some good reading.” —Cosmopolitan.com
“Author and former criminal lawyer Margolin's latest fits nicely into the campaign season.” —New York Post “Required Reading”
“ . .. story lines collide in this pulse-pounding thriller from genre veteran Margolin. Expect plenty of buzz for this one as a result of both the intriguing premise and the well-wrought narrative.” —Booklist
“Sound like a preposterous plot? Mos def .But is it fun? A Helluva lott. Blame it on Chess.” —Washington Post Express
"Looking for light summer reading? Gather your hammock, some iced tea and this page-turner of a book, one of Margolin's most absorbing and richly textured to date. In his 13th novel, Margolin, a former criminal defense attorney, knows his way around the polished corners of the Oval Office as well as the chambers of justice. And his descriptions of Portland vistas make us feel right at home." — Oregonian
“In "Executive Privilege" Phillip Margolin sets up a situation in which the sitting President's guilt is not only possible but very likely, and he writes so brilliantly and plots his novel so cannily that the reader can never be in doubt of the possibility… Margolin has mastered all the elements of a successful suspense mystery. The action moves quickly. His prose is compelling: nothing is what it seems, and there are surprises even after the reader has been fooled into thinking the mystery is solved. Margolin knows how to manipulate his characters and readers alike, but we don't mind, because he does it so well and takes us in so thoroughly.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“When a private eye is asked to follow a pretty college happens: The young woman meets secretly with the president of the United States and winds up dead. Now the private eye in running for her life in Phillip Margolins’s thrilling page-turner Executive Privilege.” —National Examiner
“Phillip Margolin, an attorney, is an adept storyteller . . .” —Oklahoman
"A hot political thriller loaded with action, murder and depravity . .. . This is one of those novels that we know is going to end well, but Margolin keeps the suspense taut by moving back and forth between stories and characters. . . . this is a perfect beach book for that holiday getaway." —The Globe and Mail
"Margolin reels in the chills at every turn, from the creepy jailhouse interview with a madman to the farmhouse basement that put the demons in Dana's head. In this election year, it's interesting to see the correlation of a female opponent running against a Bill Clinton-type president. Toss in a pregnant-yet-determined first lady, and the competition gets very messy. Executive Privilege combines two unstable ingredients - law and politics - with a trio of serial killers, a green-yet-righteous attorney, and one of the most intriguing, tough and flawed heroines I've read in ages. I hope for more Dana Cutler in Margolin's future novels. Reckless, fast, with no-holds-barred action and suspense, Executive Privilege will have you glued to your reading corner with a Do Not Disturb sign on the door." —Madison County Herald (MS)
"Executive Privilege" is just the kind of sizzling mystery needed for this long, hot summer. Margolin is the master of the successful suspense mystery. He gives you liberal doses of danger and evil villains, and keeps the action moving. He keeps you wondering, too, bringing in a variety of situations that will have the reader guessing what is going on and who is to blame. With believable characters and compelling writing, "Executive Privilege" adds up to another exciting trip through one of Margolin's fast-paced plots.” —Pittsburgh Tribune
"Margolin has invented a scary scenario to show how far an ambitious man or woman will go to achieve total power. If you weren't paranoid about your government before, you will be when you finish this book." —Jekyll's Golden Islander (GA)
“a powerful tale of murder . . . .” —International Thriller Writers
“See where this is going? You may think you do, but don’t assume the obvious, as Phillip Margolin has surprises up his sleeve for reader’s right to the end of this shocking thriller.” —Bookloons.com
“Chock full of harrowing chases, desperate situations and politics running rampant. Add in the corruption of power and the destructive force of lust, and you have all the ingredients for a winning thriller. Another page-turning read.” — Bookreporter.com
“Fast-breaking, nonstop action; memorable protagonists.” —Barnesandnoble.com
“The 13th work is often considered unlucky, but Margolin need fear nothing. “Executive Privilege” is a bombshell and come June, the author can rest assured that he has another bestseller in his hands. Margolin, is more famous for his lawyer Amanda Jaffe series of novels including “Wild Justice,” “Ties That Bind,” etc., recently lost his Amanda Jaffe in real life -- his wife of 38 years, Doreen Margolin. “Executive Privilege” is a dedicated to her memory-- and one thing I can say, Doreen sure is goanna be proud of “Executive Privilege.” “Executive Privilege” is one great book; I just can’t wait to see the movie hit the screen.” —RebeccaReads.com
“Margolin has written a very intense, provocative mystery / thriller that will have you sitting on the edge of your easy chair.” —Myshelf.com
“Even though the book is a work of fiction, readers will be shocked by some of the book’s revelations and twists. It is the kind of story that makes reading fun and why Margolin’s books are so popular today. Phillip Margolin’s books are fast-paced, entertaining, and a bit over the top. Granted, he takes some creative liberties when it comes to politics and courtroom proceedings, but this is reading as diversion, not as information. It has a lot of action, a lot of suspense, clever twists, and provides lots of reader satisfaction.” —Reviewing the Evidence.com