Sleight of Hand: A Novel of Suspense (Anglais) Poche – 31 décembre 2013
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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...
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For starters we meet Charles Benedict, charismatic defense attorney, amateur magician and sinister hit man. Although not a power player among Washington’s wealthiest and most influential he still commands attention when he enters a room with his movie star good looks and the easily imaginable “field of force emanating from him.” He’s thought of as brilliant but there’s a little something off about the cases he wins - evidence and witnesses have an inconvenient way of vanishing.
However, this time out Benedict may need every trick up his sleeve to frame a zillionaire for the murder of his younger wife. Almost a decade ago the wife, Carrie, signed a pre-nup agreement that would gross her 20 million dollars if she remained faithful to Horace Blair for the first ten years of their marriage.
At about the same time we again meet Dana Cutler, the sharp private investigator from several of Margolin’s previous works. She’s hired by a mysterious woman with a French accent who offers more money than Dana cares to turn down to find a stolen gold scepter dating from the Ottoman Empire. Her search begins and dead-ends on the West Coast’s Isle of Muerta. She returns home puzzled and disappointed.
Although Dana’s has apparently failed things are heating up in the D.C. area. An old man’s body is found in a field and Carrie Blair has disappeared.Lire la suite ›
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Sleight of Hand centers around Dana Cutler (for the 4th time), who is a private investigator in D.C. She gets involved in a very bizarre case involving a multi-millionaire businessman, his wife who is a federal prosecutor, and a well-known criminal defense attorney who dabbles in magic and illusions. 10 years earlier, Horace (the rich guy) actually confesses in court to a DUI so that he can get close to Carrie (the federal prosecutor). They end up getting married, and Horace has Carrie sign a pre-nup that says she will get 20 million dollars if she stays faithful to him for 10 years. The week before the 10-year anniversary, Carrie disappears. Charles (the criminal defense attorney) becomes very involved in ALL aspects of this case. Add in a royal scepter from the Ottoman Empire, and you've got a lot of story in a fairly short book (309 pages in the ARC - advanced reader's copy - with big print and only 30 lines per full page). I thought some of his details were a little far-fetched. But he took a complicated plot and held it together pretty well.
As I said, I liked this book. It's not one of his better ones, but you won't be disappointed. Not every book can make "the best of..." list. In fact, I'm sure that Margolin will be plenty happy if it makes the New York Times Bestseller List. That will, very likely, get him over the bitter disappointment of receiving just a 3.0 from The Book Sage.
One story involves Dana Cutler, a private investigator hired to track down a stolen relic that turns out to be a dead end. She returns to Virginia only to become involved in the second story that involves the murder of Carrie Blair days before she would receive millions of dollars from her husband Horace according to the terms of their prenuptual agreement and he is charged with her murder. In a series of twists and turns, the two seemingly unrelated incidences develop a common thread and Dana finds herself facing a powerful enemy: Horace Blair's defense attorney Charles Benedict. Dana uncovers evidence that Horace may have been framed for the murder, but Benedict blocks her attempts to get the answers she needs. Soon she becomes a target of the real killer as she pursues truth.
This is the first book I've read by this author and was impressed with his ability to take multiple storylines and complex characters and bring them together in a way that held got and held my attention. The only negative for me was some of the language used, but the plot itself and how it all unfolded was everything I want in a good suspense novel.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
Harper, Apr 9 2013, $26.99
A decade ago, millionaire Horace Blair met and fell in love with Carrie when she was a Commonwealth ADA prosecuting his DUI trial. Much older than her, he persuaded her to marry him, but also sign a prenup in which she would receive twenty million dollars if she never cheated in the first ten years of their marriage. One week prior to her fulfilling the terms of their agreement, Carrie vanishes. The police arrests Horace charging him with murdering his wife to avoid paying her the money. He hires defense attorney Charles Benedict to defend him in court.
Private investigator Dana Cutler returns to Virginia after failing to find an Ottoman Empire stolen gold scepter on the other side of the country. The former cop becomes involved in the Blair case and begins to find contrary evidence that the wrong person is on trial for a Capitol Murder. However, attempts on her life affirm her belief that a magician is getting away with a Sleight of the Hand.
The latest Cutler investigative thriller (see Supreme Justice and Executive Privilege) is an exciting mystery as the sleuth confronts a diabolical brilliant adversary. Fast-paced and filled with suspense, readers who can ignore the villain's seemingly superhuman skills to get away with murder and grand theft will enjoy this taut tale.