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Sleight of hand : a novel of suspense
Margolin, Phillip, author.
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[Large print edition].
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New York, NY : HarperLuxe, [2013].

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398 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
While on the trail of a stolen relic, P.I. Dana Cutler is called back to Virginia where she must stop Charles Benedict, a criminal defense lawyer, amateur illusionist and professional hit man, from framing a millionaire for the murder of his much younger wife.
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Private investigator Dana Cutler must take down a cunning psychopath before he can pull off the perfect crime, in Sleight of Hand, a novel of suspense from Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Capitol Murder and Supreme Justice.

Charles Benedict - charismatic criminal defense lawyer, amateur illusionist, and professional hit man - has performed his greatest sleight of hand yet: framing a millionaire for the murder of his much younger wife.

When Horace Blair married Carrie, the prosecutor in his DUI trial, he made her sign a prenuptial agreement guaranteeing her twenty million dollars if she remained faithful for the first ten years of marriage. Just one week before their tenth anniversary, Carrie disappears, and Horace is charged with her murder. Desperate to clear his name, the millionaire hires D.C.'s most ruthless defense lawyer - Charles Benedict.

P.I. Dana Cutler is in the Pacific Northwest on the trail of a stolen relic dating from the Ottoman Empire. Hitting a dead end sends her back to Virginia perplexed and disappointed - and straight into the case of Horace and Carrie Blair.

Now Dana must conjure a few tricks of her own to expose Benedict's plot, before he can work his deadly magic on her...

Author Notes

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)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

After criminal defense attorney Charles Benedict accidentally kills a woman in the heat of the moment (while attempting to blackmail her to the tune of $250,000), he frames the woman's husband for the murder. The victim, Carrie Blair, was a prosecutor, and her husband, Horace, is a very wealthy man, meaning that Benedict still sees a way to make some cash out of the deal. Meanwhile, private investigator Dana Cutler Margolin fans will remember her from several novels, including Capitol Murder (2012) is trying to track down a missing ancient relic, and her investigation leads her to the Blair murder case. There's a really good story here clever defense lawyer frames man for murder, then takes the man on as his client but it's obscured by a lot of unnecessary material. The connection between Cutler's missing relic and the Blair case, for example, is unnecessarily complicated and massively distracting. It's as if Margolin had two stories, Benedict's and Cutler's, and rather than writing a novel about each, he decided to mash them together. As with so many of his recent novels, this one's for devoted fans only.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Margolin kicks off his latest thriller with a bit of literary legerdemain. He introduces Charles Benedict, a strikingly handsome and charismatic defense attorney and amateur magician who appears to be the novel's leading man. But Benedict is swiftly exposed as an extremely effective homicidal sociopath, and the book shifts to its true protagonist, private sleuth Dana Cutler, who is quickly dispatched on a convoluted cross-country search for a bejeweled golden scepter with a history curiously similar to that of Sam Spade's famous Maltese Falcon. It's a given that this quest will eventually bring the shrewd detective in contact with the homicidal Benedict. Jonathan Davis's narration is smooth and well paced. He adds just the right amount of smarm and smirk to Benedict's speech and captures all of Dana's drive, determination, and fearlessness. The book's other characters have more than their share of accents-from the mysterious Frenchwoman who sends Dana after the scepter to a surprisingly cheery Russian mob boss. Davis ably handles these and others in a stylish performance with just an appropriate hint of sardonic amusement. A Harper hardcover. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

In Margolin's (Capitol Murder) latest, PI Dana Cutler must stop Charles Benedict, a criminal defense attorney who has set up millionaire Horace Blair to take the fall for Blair's wife's death right before she fulfilled the terms of their prenuptial agreement. Margolin creates an engaging murder story laced with mystery, history, intrigue, and descriptive detail. Jonathan Davis offers brilliant narration of a story that captures the listener's attention. Verdict Recommended to those who enjoy hearing from the criminal's viewpoint as well as that of the victim. [The Harper hc was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Thadious Polasek, Schulenburg P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.