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Phillip Margolin

Author of Gone, But not Forgotten

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About the Author

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 show more 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) show less
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Works by Phillip Margolin

Gone, But not Forgotten (1994) 947 copies
Executive Privilege (2008) 846 copies
Wild Justice (2000) 790 copies
After Dark (1995) 647 copies
Sleeping Beauty (2004) 637 copies
Lost Lake (2005) 601 copies
Ties That Bind (2002) 580 copies
The Burning Man (1996) 575 copies
The Associate (2001) 568 copies
Proof Positive (2006) 517 copies
The Undertaker's Widow (1998) 503 copies
Heartstone (1978) 420 copies
Fugitive (2009) 396 copies
Supreme Justice (2010) 395 copies
The Last Innocent Man (1981) 374 copies
Capitol Murder (2012) 267 copies
The Third Victim: A Novel (2018) 260 copies
Sleight of Hand (2013) 238 copies
The Perfect Alibi (2019) 216 copies
Worthy Brown's Daughter (2014) 197 copies
Woman with a Gun (2014) 179 copies
Violent Crimes (2016) 171 copies
A Reasonable Doubt (2020) 134 copies
Murder at Black Oaks (2022) 95 copies
The Darkest Place (2022) 92 copies
A Matter of Life and Death (2021) 86 copies
Smokescreen (1997) 64 copies
The House on Pine Terrace (2018) 4 copies
The Jailhouse Lawyer (2008) 4 copies
Angie's Delight (2008) 2 copies
Pimeän jälkeen (1997) 1 copy
Omakohus (2005) 1 copy
Kivisyd (1996) 1 copy

Associated Works

A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon (2011) — Contributor — 536 copies
No Rest for the Dead: A Serial Novel (2011) — Contributor — 405 copies
Thriller 2: Stories You Just Can't Put Down (2009) — Contributor — 234 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 1999 (1999) — Contributor — 158 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 154 copies
Legal Briefs (1998) — Contributor — 98 copies
Murder for Revenge (1998) — Contributor — 70 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Margolin, Phillip
Legal name
Margolin, Phillip
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New York, New York, USA
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Portland, Oregon, USA
New York, New York, USA (birth)
New York University School of Law
The American University in Washington, D.C. (BA ∙ Government)
Peace Corps volunteer
Chess for Success
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Short biography
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".



I really enjoy this main character, Robin Lockwood. I have read several in this series. She is smart and she has a big heart. I think that is her most attractive trait.

In this tale Robin is trying to save someone from her past from a murder conviction. Robin used to fight professionally as a cage fighter. (Which I found very fascinating!) This is how she paid for law school. Now, one of her competitors has been arrested for murder, not just any murder, but a prominent lawyer and her family. The further she investigates, the more she realizes, not all is as it seems.

There are places in this story that I had a bit of trouble. And it could have been me zoning out because, well, life! Especially in the beginning, this story is a bit disjointed. I will be honest, I got a bit lost. Lots of characters and different parts of the story coming out with different voices, BUT, I had faith in this author. And did he ever tie this novel together with a bang. Once I got vested, this story did not stop and I enjoyed every minute.

The narrator, Thérèse Plummer, is one of my favorites. And she nailed this novel.

Need a very good law investigation, with a bit of cage fighting….this is it! Grab your copy today.

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
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fredreeca | 2 other reviews | Nov 19, 2023 |



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