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Executive Privilege by Phillip Margolin

Executive Privilege

by Phillip Margolin

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When former detective and now private investigator, Dana Cutler, is hired by an attorney with political connections, it seems like a pretty simple job. She just has to follow college student, Charlotte Walsh and report on everything she does. Unfortunately the unexpected happens and Dana takes photos of Charlotte meeting with Christopher Farrington, the president of the United States. The following morning, Walsh’s dead body shows up and strangers are trying to kill Dana.

Meanwhile on the other side of the country, junior attorney, Brad Miller, is working on the appeal of a convicted killer. Clarence Little, now on death row. Little admits to killing several young women but claims he's been framed for one of the murders. Another young girl who just happened to have been working for then governor Christopher Farrington before being murdered.

This was an enjoyable and fast moving book. It's pretty predictable but I still enjoyed the story and the characters. I think it would make a great book for a plane ride due to the quick pace. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jun 21, 2016 |
Dana Cutler, a private investigator in D.C., is hired to follow a college student named Charlotte Walsh and to report all of Walsh's activities to an unknown person. Dana follows Walsh to a remote farmhouse and as she is taking pictures of the coed arguing with a man Dana realizes she has been spotted by security and flees through the woods, barely outrunning two heavily armed guards who appear to be Secret Service. Dana contacts the lawyer who hired her telling him she is quitting the case as it is obviously much more dangerous than she had been led to believe. She is stunned the next morning when she reads in the paper that Charlotte Walsh had been murdered and her death has been credited to a local serial killer, the "DC Ripper". Dana realizes that the pictures she took might have a clue to the murder. As she magnifies the photo of Walsh and the man with whom she was arguing Dana knows her own life is now in danger. The man is none other than Chrisopher Farrington, the President of the United States.

Meanwhile, in Portland, Oregon, attorney Brad Miller has been tasked with drafting an appeal for Clarence Little, a sadistic killer who has murdered several young women in the area. Little, however, insists that he did not kill one of the girls, Laurie Erickson, who was working for the then governor of Oregon, Christopher Farrington. As Dana Cutler and Brad Miller, on opposite sides of the country, begin to put the clues together, it seems that the President has had a hand in the deaths of these two young women, and possibly even more.

It has been several years since I've read a novel by Margolin and I had forgotten how much I enjoy his mysteries. This one was well plotted with lots of twists and turns. Unfortunately, I was pretty sure I knew who the killer was fairly early in the story so the suspense fell a bit short for me.
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  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
A good thriller that jumped right into the action and never took a break until the end. This is an easy read that you can pick up and for 20 minutes at a time or read in an afternoon. The story is engaging. The characters are a bit stereotypical, but still belivable. ( )
  grandpahobo | Mar 22, 2015 |
Pretty decent (if far-fetched) plot, but the characters didn't seem very well fleshed out and a couple of them ran together for me. OK, but nothing to write home about. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 29, 2014 |
Thankfully I was on vacation so what a delight to read a book by this author in a day! I am a definite Phillip Margolin fan and this title is dedicated to his wife, Doreen Margolin who passed away in 2007 prior to completion of this book. I was deeply sorry to read of his loss. All of the other titles of this author that I have read were published prior to 2007. This book is good but there's something missing that I can't quite identify. ( )
  Corduroy7 | Aug 6, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061236225, Mass Market Paperback)

When private detective Dana Cutler is hired to follow college student Charlotte Walsh, she never imagines the trail will lead to the White House. But the morning after Walsh's clandestine meeting with Christopher Farrington, President of the United States, the pretty young coed is dead—the latest victim, apparently, of a fiend dubbed "the D.C. Ripper."

A junior associate in an Oregon law firm, Brad Miller is stunned by the death row revelations of convicted serial killer Clarence Little. Though Little accepts responsibility for a string of gruesome murders, he swears he was framed for one of them: the death of a teenaged babysitter who worked for then-governor Farrington.

Suddenly nowhere in America is safe for a small-time private eye and a fledgling lawyer who possess terrifying evidence that suggests the unthinkable: that someone at the very highest level of government, perhaps the president himself, is a cold and brutal killer.

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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.--From publisher description.… (more)

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