Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Fugitive - 4th in the Amanda Jaffe series
Author: Phillip Margolin
Release Date: June 2009
Year/Setting: Present Day
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
Phillip's Website: www.phillipmargolin.com
I didn't put this book down until I had read the entire thing. Phillip Margolin has a way with a story that puts you on the edge of your chair and keeps you there until it's finished.
Charlie Marsh is a thief and confidence man who becomes a hero when he is in prison for a minor offense and rescues the warden during a prison riot. He becomes a best selling author after going through a religious conversion, which supposedly occurred when he risked his life to save a prison guard from an insane prisoner and, writes an autobiography in which he tells about the abuse he suffered as a child and the damage that led him to a life filled with violence. However, it doesn't take very long before he is in trouble again and is suspected of killing a US Congressman. He runs away to the country of Batanga, which has no extradition treaty with the United States and hides, under the protection of the dictator, who is a power mad psychotic. After twelve years, Charlie’s money runs out and he becomes involved with the dictator's wife and has to leave the country because the powers that be are after him. Charlie runs home to face the murder charge when the dictator learns about the affair and just escapes by the skin of his teeth.
But, the state of Oregon is not the only one who has it in for Charlie. Amanda Jaffe, who is Charlie's lawyer is working overtime to find a way to get Charlie acquitted of the charge of murder and keep him out of prison. Also, she has to protect him from old prison pals who are depicted in his book and the head of the secret police of Batanga, who is looking for some diamonds that Charlie carried out of the country. And, to top everything off, there is a silent killer out there waiting for a chance to kill Charlie and put to rest the killing of the Congressman. All in all a very busy story.
I definitely recommend this book to mystery, legal and all around suspense readers. Sit in your favorite chair, get some iced tea and take this page-turner with you to enjoy an afternoon of reading a really absorbing book. Phillip Margolin is a master of his craft and deserves the highest rating he can get. The constant action, danger and evil villains in the book are so compelling you will not put it down until the end.
Talk to you soon,
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