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Philip Margolin was born in New York City in 1944. He received a bachelor's degree in government from The American University in 1965. From 1965 to 1967, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia. He graduated from New York University School of Law in 1970. From 1972 until 1996, he was in private practice in Portland, Oregon, specializing in criminal defense. He has tried many high profile cases and has argued in the Supreme Court. He was the first attorney to use the battered woman's syndrome defense in a homicide case in Oregon. His first novel, Heartstone, was published in 1978. He has been a full-time author since 1996. His other works include The Last Innocent Man; Gone, But Not Forgotten; After Dark; The Burning Man; The Undertaker's Widow; Wild Justice; The Associate; Sleeping Beauty; Capitol Murder and Sleight of Hand. He also writes short stories and non-fiction articles in magazines and law journals. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Gone, But not Forgotten 866 copies, 17 reviews
Executive Privilege 799 copies, 25 reviews
Wild Justice 740 copies, 10 reviews
After Dark 599 copies, 13 reviews
Sleeping Beauty 589 copies, 14 reviews
Lost Lake 559 copies, 10 reviews
Ties That Bind (Author) 546 copies, 11 reviews
The Associate 525 copies, 8 reviews
The Burning Man 522 copies, 8 reviews
Proof Positive 491 copies, 11 reviews
The Undertaker's Widow 474 copies, 8 reviews
Heartstone 390 copies, 7 reviews
Fugitive 371 copies, 12 reviews
Supreme Justice 362 copies, 8 reviews
The Last Innocent Man 345 copies, 4 reviews
No Rest for the Dead: A Serial Novel (Contributor) 378 copies, 19 reviews
Thriller 2: Stories You Just Can't Put Down (Contributor) 209 copies, 6 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories 1999 (Contributor) 148 copies, 2 reviews
The Best American Mystery Stories 2010 (Contributor) 143 copies, 3 reviews
Legal Briefs (Contributor) 88 copies, 1 review
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Phillip Margolin (born 1944) is an American writer of legal thrillers.

Margolin was born in New York City in 1944. After receiving a B.A. in Government in 1965, from American University in Washington, D.C., he worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia until 1967. He graduated from the New York University School of Law in 1970, and has worked for 25 years as a criminal defense attorney, an occupation of choice inspired by the Perry Mason books. He started to work in 1970 at the Oregon Court of Appeals.

He published his first story, a short story titled "The Girl in the Yellow Bikini", in 1974, and became a full-time writer in 1996. He has written 12 books as of January 2007. He lists as his favourite writer Joseph Conrad, and among his favourite books War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and Stone City by Mitchell Smith.

Philip Margolin was married to Doreen Stamm in 1968. They had two children, Ami and Daniel. Doreen, also an attorney, died from cancer in January 2007.

Phillip Margolin is also the president of Chess for Success, a non-profit organisation "dedicated to helping children develop skills necessary for success in school and life by learning chess".
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