Cover image for Woman with a gun: a novel
Woman with a gun: a novel
Margolin, Phillip, author.
Personal Author:
[Large print ed.]
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]

Physical Description:
379 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Inspired by an award-winning photograph, novelist Stacey Kim investigates the unsolved murder behind the photo and struggles to obtain key facts from a reclusive photographer.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
LARGE PRINT FICTION Adult Large Print Large Print
LARGE PRINT FICTION Adult Large Print Large Print
LARGE PRINT FICTION Adult Large Print Large Print

On Order



New York Times bestselling master of mystery Phillip Margolin transcends his traditional territory in this new and different book, a haunting thriller inspired by an unforgettable photograph.

Visiting an art museum displaying a retrospective of acclaimed photographer Kathy Moran's work, aspiring novelist Stacey Kim is stunned by the photo at the center of the show--the famous "Woman with a Gun," which won a Pulitzer Prize and launched the photographer's career. Shot from behind, the enigmatic black-and-white image is a picture of a woman in a wedding dress, standing on the shore at night, facing the sea. Behind her back, she holds a six-shooter.

The image captures Stacey's imagination, raising a host of compelling questions. Has the woman killed her husband on their wedding night? Is she going to commit suicide? Is she waiting for someone she plans to kill? Obsessed with finding answers, Stacey discovers that the woman in the photograph is Megan Cahill, suspected of killing her husband, millionaire Raymond Cahill, with the six-shooter on their wedding night. But the murder was never solved.

Drawn deeper into the case, Stacey finds that everyone involved has a different opinion of Megan's culpability. But the one person who may know the whole story--Kathy Moran--isn't talking. Stacey must find a way to get to the reclusive photographer or the truth may never see the light of day.

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 2

Booklist Review

This is hands down the best thing Margolin has written in years. He apparentlygot the idea for the book from a photograph of a woman standing by the ocean with a gun in her hand; fascinated by the picture, he decided to create a story around it. What he came up with might be a bit more convoluted than it needs to be its time line isn't exactly linear, and the story doesn't require such an elaborate setup but the novel boasts characters who are more alive than Margolin's characters have been in a long time. The main story, the backbone of the novel, mirrors Margolin's own story: a young woman sees a photograph much like the one the author saw and determines to find out its history, but she doesn't count on wandering into a decade-old murder case. In terms of storytelling skill, the book hearkens back to Margolin's early, top-notch novels like After Dark (1995) and The Last Innocent Man (1981). It's a welcome return to form.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

The title refers to a photograph that wannabe novelist Stacy Kim espies at the Museum of Modern Art in N.Y.C. She becomes obsessed by it and discovers that back in 2005, while taking a stroll on a beach in the seacoast town of Palisades Heights, Ore., photographer Kathy Moran saw and quickly photographed a dazed gun-toting newlywed Megan Cahill, just after her wealthy and powerful new husband, Raymond, was murdered in a nearby mansion. Determined to spin a fiction based on the actual event, Stacy quits her dreary job and drives to the scene of the crime to gather more background material. But someone in Palisades Heights doesn't want new attention drawn to this unsolved murder and is willing to kill Stacy if that's what it takes. Reader Huber treats Margolin's extremely tricky novel with a careful, unhurried narration that helps keep its interlocked stories on track and in focus. And as the book's main characters go through a panoply of changes, she smartly adjusts to their shifting moods. Stacy, for example, answers the phone at her dull day job with a false perky voice that immediately becomes elated when she's freed from her job and the big city-and she sounds even happier when she falls in love with a helpful Palisades Heights attorney, then turns terrified after discovering a corpse and receiving a series of threats. A Harper hardcover. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.