Amanda Jaffe, the heroine of Wild Justice and Proof Positive, is back in this twisting tale of international intrigue and murder that leads her deep into the past . . . and into the crosshairs of a killer.
Charlie Marsh, a petty thief and con man, becomes a national hero when he rescues the warden of a state penitentiary during a prison riot, but it doesn't take long before he is wanted again, suspected of killing a United States congressman. After twelve years of living in the African nation of Batanga, at the mercy of Jean-Claude Baptiste, a sadistic, power-mad dictator, Charlie flees for home to face his murder charge, when Baptiste learns about Charlie's affair with the tyrant's favorite wife.
But it's not just the state of Oregon that's got it in for the philandering con. Criminal lawyer Amanda Jaffe has her work cut out for her. She must keep Charlie off death row, protect him from the head of Baptiste's deadly secret police, and prevent him from being caught by a shadowy killer who will stop at nothing to keep the truth about a decade-old crime buried forever.
“Entertaining . . . A plot set on full boil. . . . All will enjoy following the resourceful Amanda as she puts the puzzle pieces together.”
“The pages fly in this violent, twisty tale of one man’s journey through the legal system, and legal thriller fans will snap up Margolin’s latest for their summer beach reads.”
-Library Journal (starred review)
“Margolin specializes in plot . . . his new novel Fugitive speeds along well over the posted limit. . . . This is a book to take to the beach.”
“Great pace, clever plot . . . all followed by a surprise ending. What more can you ask for?”
“Phillip Margolin’s Fugitive is the latest in his string of reliably exciting and fast-moving legal thrillers.”
“A smart and skillfully written murder mystery, with solid characters, a terrific setting and a lot of witty dialogue. . . . Fugitive is Margolin at the absolute top of his game.”
-The Globe and Mail
“A clever plot and surprise ending make this a fine read.”
“Margolin smoothly moves between the plots and the time lines. . . . The novel’s characters are nicely fleshed out.”
“[Margolin’s] knowledge of the criminal mind give his novels a credibility not often found in legal thrillers. . . . You’ll be captivated by Amanda Jaffe and the way she handles this case.”
-Aptos Times (CA)
“[Margolin] outdoes himself in this new one. As always, his great strengths-characters of enough depth and complexity to believe in and like a lot, and creative, fast-moving plotlines-are on display, and so is his superbly clean, fluid style.”
-The Sullivan County Democrat
“A sizzling international thriller.”
“Margolin has written believable characters you can care about, and a meticulous plot that keeps the reader guessing until the very end. This is a highly recommended read.”
“A lively courtroom drama to savor . . . that pays tribute to the great detective fiction of old. Phillip Margolin has written a blockbuster with more than just a healthy dash of Hammett to please has reader.”
-Daily News (Michigan)