Harper, Hardcover, 9780061236211, 368pp.
Publication Date: May 20, 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.
“Story lines collide in this pulse-pounding thriller . Expect plenty of buzz for this one as a result of both the intriguing premise and the well-wrought narrative.”
“A sexy summer read--the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Mixing crime and politics may make for a bad career, but it sure as hell makes for some good reading.”
“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.”
“Looking for 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.”
“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
“Margolin is the master of the successful suspense mystery. With believable characters and compelling writing, EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE adds up to another exciting trip through one og Margolin’s plots [and] is just the kind of sizzling mystery needed for this long, hot summer.”
“Page-turning...a rip-roaring conclusion...more twists than the Columbia River Gorge. Is it fun? A helluva lotta.”
-Washington Post Express
“Phillip Margolin [is] a crafty storyteller who keeps you on the edge of your seat with frighteningly real scenarios. EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE is a must read this summer.”
-Brunswick News (Georgia)
“Sizzle factor: .38 Special hot.”
“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.”
“The story is fast-paced and features many engaging characters.”
“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. Believable characters and compelling writing…another exciting trip through one of Margolin’s fast-paced plots.”
“Phillip Margolin has surprises up his sleeve for readers right to the end of this shocking thriller.”
“(A) thrilling page-turner.”