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A Reasonable Doubt review ó 3 Ï A magician linked to three murders and suspicious deaths years ago disappears in the middle of his new act in New York Times bestseller Phillip Margolin’s latest thriller featuring Robin LockwoodRobin Lockwood is a young criminal defense attorney and partner in a prominent law firm in Portland Oregon A former MMA fighUp in the law office with an odd reuest―he’s seeking help from his old attorney in acuiring patent protection for an illusion Chesterfield is a professional magician of some reknown and he has a major new trick he’s about to debut This is out of the scope of the law firm’s expertise but when Robin Lockwood looks into his previous relationship with the firm she learns that twenty years ago he was arrested for two murders one attempted murder and was involved in the potentially suspicious death of his very rich wife At the t. A decent end for a story long on repetition and short on an interesting well organized plot Thanks to the end 5 of 10 stars

A Reasonable DoubtUp in the law office with an odd reuest―he’s seeking help from his old attorney in acuiring patent protection for an illusion Chesterfield is a professional magician of some reknown and he has a major new trick he’s about to debut This is out of the scope of the law firm’s expertise but when Robin Lockwood looks into his previous relationship with the firm she learns that twenty years ago he was arrested for two murders one attempted murder and was involved in the potentially suspicious death of his very rich wife At the t. A decent end for a story long on repetition and short on an interesting well organized plot Thanks to the end 5 of 10 stars

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A Reasonable Doubt ´ A magician linked to three murders and suspicious deaths years ago disappears in the middle of his new act in New York Times bestseller Phillip Margolin’s latest thriller featuring Robin LockwoodRobin Lockwood is a young criminal defense attorney and partner in a prominent law firm in Portland Oregon A former MMA fighter and Yale Law graduate she joined the firm of legal legend Regina Barrister not long before Regina was forced into retirement by early onset Alzheimer’s One of Regina’s former clients Robert Chesterfield shows. Phillip Margolin returns with another great book in his new Robin Lockwood series where sleight of hand is not the only trick on offer With a wonderful story set over many years the plot thickens as the smoke gets in the reader’s eyes Magic can be as deceptive as it is deceitful which defence attorney Robin Lockwood learns when she is visited by a potential client one day Robert Chesterfield enters the firm’s offices looking for one of Lockwood’s fellow partners who’s completed some legal work for him years before As Chesterfield explains that he is a magician seeking to patent one of his dazzling tricks Lockwood is sure that she cannot help but wants to check a few things out before giving him a final response She discovers that Chesterfield has a long history of butting heads with the law having been a suspect in the murders of a number of people over the years With this long list of people who had him in their sights Chesterfield is by no means the most popular man around these parts of Oregon or anywhere in the sensational magic community When Chesterfield is performing one of his dazzling illusions in Las Vegas before a large crowd of those who disliked him something goes horribly wrong and he is discovered stabbed in the compartment Lockwood is as baffled as anyone else but is sure that the killer’s rage is fuelled by something that’s happened in the past When a fellow magician is fingered for the crime Lockwood agrees to defend him using her time to piece together some of the past murders and skirmishes attributed to Robert Chesterfield pulling back the curtain on some of the investigative reasoning Might the killer have had a long held grudge they wanted to exact or is this all a bunch of smoke and mirrors so a fellow magician could rise to prominence Margolin weaves this tale to keep the reader enthralled as the story’s momentum picks up with each page turn Recommended to those who have come to love Phillip Margolin’s legal thrillers as well as the reader who enjoys the magic of a well developed storyI knew that I would be in for a treat when I got my hands on this book though I was not sure how Margolin’s use of magic would be such a force throughout the plot He paces the story over the present and not so distant past to weave a great backstory together only to dismantle it in the latter portion of the book as the killer of the famed Robert Chesterfield comes to light Robin Lockwood takes centre stage in the story though her protagonist role is one of learner than active defence attorney through most of the story Her backstory is kept on the shelf but there are moments of development of her character mostly in the form of personal connections than stunning reveals The story centres around the eventual murder victim and how he created a persona of unliked and ungrateful offering up a handful of solid suspects to his eventual murder While the crime took place in the latter portion of the book the build up is thorough and leaves the reader wondering Perhaps the only folly of this piece is that the criminal defence is uite compacted as Robin Lockwood rushes to tie up loose ends throughout the latter chapters rather than be forced to work herself out of a corner and pull her own rabbit out of a hat to save the client who’s hired her All that being said Phillip Margolin solidified her mastery of the art for me here with another wonderful book I can only hope others will take the time to enjoy it as wellKudos Mr Margolin for another legal winner I am pleased to see all the tricks you used to pull the reader into the middle of this wonderful novelLovehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge summary º eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ Phillip Margolin

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Phillip Margolin ´ 3 review Ime Regina Barrister defended him with ease after which he resumed his career as a magician in Las Vegas Now decades later he debuts his new trick―only to disappear at the end He’s a man with than one dark past and many enemies―is his disappearance tied to one of the many people who have good reason to hate him Was he killed and his body disposed of or did he use his considerable skills to engineer his own disappearanceRobin Lockwood must unravel the tangled skein of murder and bloody mischief to learn how it all ties togethe. Magician Robert Chestfield appears in Robin Lockwood's office looking for help in acuiring a patent for a new illusion he has created She's not sure she can help but promises to look into it What she finds is that Chestfield once charged with two murders and an attempted murder was defended by a former colleague of Robins Regina BarristerThe story takes place in back and forth fashion so the reader gets detailed information about that time 2o years before Regina did successfully defend him and Chestfield went on about his lifeNow 20 years later he debuts his new trick disappears from a coffin and never reappearsIs his disappearance tied to one of the many people who have good reason to hate him Was he killed and his body disposed of or did he use his considerable skills to engineer his own disappearanceThere are many with reason to want the man dead including his former wife and present wife collectors for a Las Vegas casino where Chestfield owes a large amount of money another professional magician whose most popular illusion was outed by Chestfield a man who was embezzled by Chestfield and was never charged the daughter of his first wife after her mother died under suspicious circumstances the list goes on and on This was not a well liked manA bit different from this author's earlier books nonetheless the plot was tightly woven with a story within a story The man characters are skillfully drawn with most of the spotlight on Regina and Chestfield Robin plays a minor part until closer to the end The suspects are many and varied and they all bear watching very closelyMany thanks to the author St Martin's Press Minotaur Books Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fictionlegal thriller Read and reviewed voluntarily opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own