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ISBN13: 9780060735029
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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 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 anyone who will listen about a vast government conspiracy to conceal a secret military unit headed by Gen. Morris Wingate, a presidential 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 that 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 mass murderer, telling the truth about one of the nation's most respected soldiers and politicians? Or are their charges a product of two sick minds? Ami has to decide who — and what — to believe, in Phillip Margolin's most exciting and surprising thriller since his breakout bestseller, Gone, But Not Forgotten.

Review:

"Like the lake of its title, Margolin's latest suspense novel (a hybrid with traces of legal thriller and whodunit and a big debt to The Manchurian Candidate) is smooth on the surface with tumultuous secrets lurking beneath. In Portland, Ore., lawyer and single mom Ami Vergano is pleased to take in handsome handyman Dan Morelli as a tenant, since he provides a positive male role model for her 10-year-old son, Ryan. Meanwhile, across the country in Washington, tightly wound tabloid reporter Vanessa Kohler spins elaborate paranoid fantasies (or are they?) involving personal danger and government conspiracy. These two women — and their respective plot threads — come together when Dan's volatility turns a Little League game into a crime scene, and Vanessa steps forward to support him, at considerable risk. But this is only the beginning of a labyrinthine plot built on twists and surprises. Hint: Vanessa's father is an influential general and political power broker. Margolin isn't the most original writer, but what he lacks in style he makes up for in clarity. Plotting is his strong suit. The artful arrangement of the story's episodes keeps the suspense high, and the author fills in the puzzle shrewdly, with small pieces from all over the chronology. The surprises keep coming, even after the story settles mostly into a courtroom drama, with Ami defending Dan on a high-stakes charge. Agent, Jean Naggar. 5-city author tour. (Mar. 1)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[W]ildly implausible....Except for the overlong flashbacks, Margolin's tenth may be his best, with everything a thriller should have, except thrills." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"It's a mystery why Margolin...isn't at least as big as, say, John Grisham. Overall he's a more polished writer, and his stories have an intellectual depth that Grisham's...frequently lack....[D]elivers the goods, with plenty of action, suspense, and danger." Booklist

Review:

"Margolin takes a few liberties with his fiction....Nevertheless, Lost Lake is a fun ride, and I'm sure Vince Kohler's spirit would delight in his namesake." The Oregonian (Portland, OR)

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of Sleeping Beauty returns with an explosive thriller about how a young tabloid reporter's "paranoid" theories just might be true.

About the Author

Phillip Margolin is the author of Sleeping Beauty, Wild Justice, Ties That Bind, and seven other New York Times bestsellers. He is a longtime criminal defense attorney and lives in Portland, Oregon.

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redrockbookworm, July 22, 2008 (view all comments by redrockbookworm)
When packing for a long road trip I always like to take authors like Philip Margolin along for the ride. His books on CD keep you alert and engaged and Lost Lake is no exception.

While there is a crime committed in Lost Lake (several in fact) there is no mystery to solve because you already know who-dunnit. The underlying question is why was the crime committed, and are the stories being told by the chief protagonists (Carl Rice and Vanessa Kohler) the real deal or just the delusions of a couple of paranoiac personalities.

It's up to their lawyer Ami Vergano to try to separate fact from fiction and determine the truth behind the story that began 20 years earlier with the brutal torture murder of a Congressman.

Deborah Hazlett is a talented reader and she deftly breathes life into Margolin's characters and keeps the story moving along at a lively pace. You find yourself pulling for Carl and Vanessa while still wondering if perhaps they really are crazy and you've been sucked into their deluded world.

If you enjoy a story that delves into the arenas of political and military cover-ups and is laced with tension and a touch of uncertainty you'll relish your journey to LOST LAKE.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060735029
Author:
Margolin, Phillip
Publisher:
Harper
Author:
MARGOLIN, PHILLIP
Author:
Clarke, Austin
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Presidential candidates
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
March 2005
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.09 in 20 oz

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Product details 336 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060735029 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Like the lake of its title, Margolin's latest suspense novel (a hybrid with traces of legal thriller and whodunit and a big debt to The Manchurian Candidate) is smooth on the surface with tumultuous secrets lurking beneath. In Portland, Ore., lawyer and single mom Ami Vergano is pleased to take in handsome handyman Dan Morelli as a tenant, since he provides a positive male role model for her 10-year-old son, Ryan. Meanwhile, across the country in Washington, tightly wound tabloid reporter Vanessa Kohler spins elaborate paranoid fantasies (or are they?) involving personal danger and government conspiracy. These two women — and their respective plot threads — come together when Dan's volatility turns a Little League game into a crime scene, and Vanessa steps forward to support him, at considerable risk. But this is only the beginning of a labyrinthine plot built on twists and surprises. Hint: Vanessa's father is an influential general and political power broker. Margolin isn't the most original writer, but what he lacks in style he makes up for in clarity. Plotting is his strong suit. The artful arrangement of the story's episodes keeps the suspense high, and the author fills in the puzzle shrewdly, with small pieces from all over the chronology. The surprises keep coming, even after the story settles mostly into a courtroom drama, with Ami defending Dan on a high-stakes charge. Agent, Jean Naggar. 5-city author tour. (Mar. 1)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[W]ildly implausible....Except for the overlong flashbacks, Margolin's tenth may be his best, with everything a thriller should have, except thrills."
"Review" by , "It's a mystery why Margolin...isn't at least as big as, say, John Grisham. Overall he's a more polished writer, and his stories have an intellectual depth that Grisham's...frequently lack....[D]elivers the goods, with plenty of action, suspense, and danger."
"Review" by , "Margolin takes a few liberties with his fiction....Nevertheless, Lost Lake is a fun ride, and I'm sure Vince Kohler's spirit would delight in his namesake."
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of Sleeping Beauty returns with an explosive thriller about how a young tabloid reporter's "paranoid" theories just might be true.
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