Woman with a Gun
New York Times bestselling master of mystery Phillip Margolin transcends his traditional territory in this new and different book, a haunting thriller inspired by an unforgettable photograph.
Visiting an art museum displaying a retrospective of acclaimed photographer Kathy Moran's work, aspiring novelist Stacey Kim is stunned by the photo at the center of the show—the famous "Woman with a Gun," which won a Pulitzer Prize and launched the photographer's career. Shot from behind, the enigmatic black-and-white image is a picture of a woman in a wedding dress, standing on the shore at night, facing the sea. Behind her back, she holds a six-shooter.
The image captures Stacey's imagination, raising a host of compelling questions. Has the woman killed her husband on their wedding night? Is she going to commit suicide? Is she waiting for someone she plans to kill? Obsessed with finding answers, Stacey discovers that the woman in the photograph is Megan Cahill, suspected of killing her husband, millionaire Raymond Cahill, with the six-shooter on their wedding night. But the murder was never solved.
Drawn deeper into the case, Stacey finds that everyone involved has a different opinion of Megan's culpability. But the one person who may know the whole story—Kathy Moran—isn't talking. Stacey must find a way to get to the reclusive photographer or the truth may never see the light of day.
Praise For Woman with a Gun: A Novel…
— Chicago Tribune
“A master of plot and pacing-and one of those rare authors who can create a genuinely surprising ending.”
— Lisa Scottoline
“In the hands of Phillip Margolin, nothing is ever simple and no one is really safe. He is the master of suspense mystery.”
— Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers
“Margolin knows how to pack in the thrills.”
— Tess Gerritsen
“…. Margolin deliver[s] one of his cleverest cases.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“This is hands down the best thing Margolin has written in years… In terms of storytelling skill, the book hearkens back to Margolin’s early, topnotch novels like After Dark (1995) and The Last Innocent Man (1981). It’s a welcome return to form.”
“Margolin is in his element with this crime thriller.”
— Statesman Journal (Oregon)
“Woman with a Gun is instantly engaging from page one and thoroughly entertaining…. [T]here’s the stunning Oregon coast as the setting, a baffling murder, a cunning killer and some romance thrown in for added dimension.”
“Margolin…knows how to entertain. Like his inspirations, he gives us plenty of gems: shocking situations met with clever wisecracks; sordid personal histories that tumble out in a moment of panic; broken souls who confess their love only when it’s all too late.”
— The Oregonian (Portland)
“Margolin sets up Woman With a Gun in such a compelling way that it’s vital to find how what actually did happen in the Cahill home.”
— South Florida Sun Sentinel
“With such a fascinating picture to work from, the talented novelist has written a riveting story reminiscent of the classic detective stories of the 1930s… Phillip Margolin’s Woman With a Gun shows that the classic mystery never goes out of style.”
— Iron Mountain Daily News
“Woman with a Gun is an unrelenting story of suspense, as it moves back and forth between the past and the present. Author Margolin skillfully links the art of photography with fiction writing to create a masterful story of his own.”
— Suspense Review
“Authors gather inspiration from everything. It can be a picture, a newspaper story, memories or personal experiences. The black and white photograph on the cover compelled author Phillip Margolin to create this thriller and also drew me in.”
— Entertainment Realm
“Woman With A Gun is fueled by a very intriguing picture and well developed characters.… [A] page-turner story.”
— Military Press
“For fans of contemporary thrillers and mysteries, give Woman With A Gun a read.”
— Daily Dosage
“Woman with a Gun is fueled by a very intriguing picture and well developed characters.… Readers are kept off balance, suspecting many different characters as the killer, as they engage in this page-turner story.”
Praise for Worthy Brown’s Daughter: “This departure for best-selling thriller writer Margolin might appeal to fans of the acclaimed movie 12 Years a Slave.”
— USA Today
“Worthy Brown’s Daughter is a fast and absorbing read, and Margolin’s law expertise makes the book’s climax…an exciting moment indeed.”
— Seattle Times
“[A] compelling tale of justice for sale… vibrant characters…bring the West to life…. If you like westerns or legal thrillers you will get both in Worthy Brown’s Daughter.”
— Huffington Post
“The Old West comes alive in heart-wrenching, violent, and wicked racist color…. Legal thriller and western fans will stay with it to the last page. . . . Margolin’s novel offers a compelling portrait of small town justice done right.”
— Booklist on Worthy Brown's Daughter
Harper, 9780062266521, 304pp.
Publication Date: December 2, 2014
About the Author
Phillip Margolin has written nineteen 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 his long background as a criminal defense attorney who has handled thirty murder cases. Winner of the Distinguished Northwest Writer Award, he lives in Portland, Oregon.