This book was the first book I've read by Philip Margolin and it was great! Great character development and enough twists and turns to keep you wondering if you really have it all figured out. The story moves fast and easily keeps you interested in the plot. You won't be sorry for trying this one!
Twenty years ago a woman witnessed the brutal murder of a congressman. She was committed to an asylum by her father a powerful General. In the current day attorney Ami Vergano witnesses an act of violence at a Little League game that shakes her trust in the gentle man who has ben renting space over her garage and who she considered a friend. A mysterious woman appears and asks her to represent the man in court. Before long the man and woman have told Ami a bizarre story about a secret military unit that committed murder and was involved in drug smuggling. The woman has a history of psychological problems and there are no records to back up their story and the accusation that a candidate for president is behind it all. Soon Ami doesn't know who or what to believe. This is a thrill a minute part action story and part court room drama with a satisfying and surprising ending. A first rate read.
"The characters enthrall, the plot twists surprise, the pages fly by. This is a thriller with thrill galore." - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Attorney Ami Vergano is caught between a possible madwoman and a confessed mass murderer, between reality and delusion. Ami races to unearth the terrible truth about dark events that may or may never have happened twenty years earlier in a secluded cabin on Lost Lake.
This book is hot but aside from the attorney thing it's tough to give a review without giving any of the cliff hangers away.
Margolin's books never disappoint!
Good characters, good plot
Margolin is a master at creating characters that seem to be ripped from the headlines. A must read.
I started this book, then lost interest
Great read! Interesting characters and twists and turns.
This book will keep you going the whole way through!! I'm working on reading all of Margolin's books after reading two!
i love philip margolin. this book was great. i could hardly put it down.
On a summer night in Portland, Oregon, Violence erupts at a Little League game- and attorney Ami Vergano watches in horror as the quiet, gentle artist she recently befriended does the unexpected and unthinkable...
This is a good book. It is a little simple but good.
I loved this book, kept me turning pages and had just enough twists and turns to keep you totally hooked like a book that has a lot of links to different situations and this one had it all.
This is a very moving and strong suspense book been a long time since I have read such a strong book. I thouroughly recomend five stars. I got the book in a box of books and now know I have another author to read!!!
This suspense novel is definitely not the author's best effort, but interesting characters and a military cover-up made this an easy and enjoyable read for me on a rainy afternoon.
up all night to finish it a real page turner
"The characters enthrall, the plot twists surprise, the pages fly by. This is a thriller with thrills galore." - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
complicated tale of murder and violence, as it unfolds keeps you wondering what is real and what is not
Hard to put down. Plan on having time to read it straight through.
Young, inexperienced Attorney Ami Vergano becomes embroiled in a wild conspiracy case that ends up in murder and she's forced to defend a man who is not who he said he is and has a dark past that he will not tell her about. She uses her wits and sharp mind to stumble through the first phases of the trial while waiting for a criminal attorney to come and take over the case. Interesting!!
Why did a calm man go crazy at a Little League baseball game?Is the man's high school sweatheart crazy or is her father?
Great read! I could not put this book down and I could not guess what would happen. Even the "good" characters are bad!
I didn't finish the book. I couldn't follow it.
It's a beautiful summer night in Portland Oregon Ami Vergano, a young attorney and single mother, arrives at her son's Ryan Little League game with theie tenant and new friend Dan Morelli. When the assistant coahc calls in sick, Morelli seems happy to help out. But then one player roughly blocks another, and a fight erupts. Before the game ends, Amy witnesses violence that shocks and horrified her and makes her question everything she thought she knew about Morelli. On the other side of the continent, in a cheap motel room in Washington, D.C.ex-mental patient Vanessa Kohler, a reporter for EXPOSED, a tabloid that specializes in alien-abduction stories, watches a piece on television about the Little League massacre and quickly places a call to the FBI> For years she's been telling everyone who will listen about a vast government conspiracy to conceal a secret military unit by Gen Morris Wingate, a presidental candidate, and for years everyone has dismissed her stories. But when Vanessa sees Dan Morelli fighting, she believes she's found the key to proving her theories are true. Vanessa hires Ami Vergano to represent Morelli, who is charged with attempted murder, and Ami is drawn into Vanessa's paranoid world. Are Vanessa, a former mental patient and Morelli a confessed mas murderer, telling the truth about one of the nation's most respected soldiers and popliticans? Or are theri charges a product of two sick minds? Ami has to decide who-and what-to believe.
Well crafted and it moves fast.
Another great thriller by Margolin......... I am hooked
Very good read, moved fast and you had to keep up!
twists and turns and thrills abound
Not typical of the type of book that I would like.... military thriller/mystery, however, I couldn't stop reading this one. Overall, very good and interesting story lines.
Well defined and interesting characters. The story line held together, but was very standard right-wing zealot/CIA/Vietnam conspiracy type stuff. Not quite as challenging to the reader as "After Dark" was, but still a good read.
I generally look forward to Mr. Margolin's novels, but this one was not his best in my opinion. But I also don't like political thrillers and this turned out to be one.
A powerhouse thriller--Seattle Post
One summer night in Oregon, violence erupts at a little league game - and attorney Ami Vergano watches in horror as the quiet, gentle artist she recently befriended dioes the unexpected and the unthinkable...
In a cheap motel room in washington, DC, Vanessa Kohler - ex-mental patient, supermarket tabloid reporter and estranged daughter of a powerful general running for president - views a newscast of the bizarre incident and beleived that she has found the only witness to a deadly conspiracy.
Caught between a possible madwoman and a confessed mass murderer, between reality and delusion, Ami races to unearth the terrible truth about dark events that may or may never have happened 20 years earlier in a secluded cabin on Lost Lake.
I really enjoyed this book as I have all of this author's writings.
This book was pretty suspenseful, but a slightly disappointing ending.
I just finished reading it. It's a fast read, at least it was for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the book but then again, I like most of Philip Margolin's novels. The story is a tad farfetched but it's good anyway.
On a summer night in Portland, Oregon, violence erupts at a Little League game--and attorney Ami Vergano watches in horror as the quiet, gentle artist she recently befriended does the unexpected and unthinkable...
In a cheap motel room in Washington, D.C., Vanessa Kohler--ex-mental patient, supermarket tabloid reporter, and estranged daughter of a powerful general running for president--views a news broadcast of the bizarre incident and believes she's found the only witness to a deadly conspiracy.
Caught between a possible madwoman and a confessed mass murderer, between reality and delusion, Ami races to unearth the terrible truth about dark events that may or may never have happened twenty years earlier in a secluded cabin on LOST LAKE.
strong plot line. highly recommended
The beginning is a little slow but it picks up and becomes a masterful story.
This truly a page-turner, very very well written you won't put it down!
Just couldn't get into this story for some reason, it appears well written, good characters and moved along well, just not my style.
10 hours/8 compact discs. Excellent book. Both my husband and I enjoyed it very much.
Loved this one.
I am currently lending this one to my adult son. I think a man would enjoy this as much as I did. Intriguing and clearly a chilling thriller. Political dirty deeds stretching to the military and all facets of authority. Who is really crazy? Who says and what would an intelligent person believe possible?
one of the best authors i have ever read;
Such a good book - I even began to question the sanity of Carl and Vanessa ... very quick read.
I had forgotten I read this and was going to reorder.Funny how things works about the books you like...
Murder mystery with an ex-mental patient nobody believes as witness.
Violence erupts at a Little League game and attorney Ami Vergano finds herself caught between a possible madwomen and a confessed mass murderer,between reality and delusion.
It's a beautiful summer night in Portland, Oregon. Ami Vergano, a young attorney and single mother, arrives at her son Ryan's Little League game with their tenant and new friend, Dan Morelli. When the assistant coach calls in sick, Morelli seems happy to help out. But then one player roughly blocks another, and a fight erupts. Before the game ends, Ami witnesses violence that shocks and horrifies her and makes her question everything she thought she knew about Morelli. On the other side of the continent, in a cheap motel room in Washington, D.C., ex- mental patient Vanessa Kohler, a reporter for Exposed, a tabloid, watches a piece on television abouth the Little League massacre and quickly places a call to the FBI.
Completely enjoyed this story. I will be requesting more books written by Phillip Margolin. The story was narrated well by Kristine Sutherland. It had interesting characters and a great plot! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Cover is a little worn but well loved and read several times. Good condition.
NY Times bestselling author