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Inspired by a true story, New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin turns his hand to historical fiction in this masterful saga about justice in the American West.

Like thousands of other Americans in the nineteenth century, Matthew Penny, a young lawyer, believes that he and his wife, Rachel, can forge a better future out West. But after she drowns on the Oregon Trail, Matthew arrives on the frontier with nothing but shattered dreams. Unable to face the memories that await back home, he joins the handful of lawyers practicing in Portland, Oregon — which in 1860 is just a riverfront town in a state less than a year old.

Worthy Brown, a slave from Georgia, journeys west with his master, Caleb Barbour, who promises to reward Worthy and his daughter, Roxanne, with their freedom if they help him establish a homestead in Oregon. When Barbour reneges on his pledge, Worthy's hope for a fresh start with his child is destroyed.

In the hands of critically acclaimed thriller writer Phillip Margolin, the fates of these desperate men intertwine in a breathtaking narrative about the extent of evil and the high price of true justice. Matthew and Worthy decide to challenge Barbour in court, but events rapidly spiral out of their control and the stakes become higher than either of them could ever have imagined. And when Matthew, struggling to survive in the cutthroat, corrupt world of frontier law, crosses paths with Heather Gillette, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy Portland businessman, his grief-stricken existence is turned upside down, and suddenly he has everything to fight for.

Over two decades in the writing, Worthy Brown's Daughter is a compelling white-knuckle drama about two broken men risking everything for what they believe in. Powerfully evocative of time and place, woven through with rich historical detail, it charts new territory for Margolin — but its epic, deeply human scope is still defined by the suspense and energy his fans have come to expect from his books.

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“Margolin...allows passions to sway his heroes, and generates empathy toward his crooks....[On] the courtroom floor, where Margolin is clearly at home, [there is] a satisfying, white-knuckle climax.” Publishers Weekly

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“What intrigues here is the setting. Best-selling thriller author Margolin has forsaken the modern world for 19th-century Oregon...based on a real case, which should bring out the best in former criminal defense attorney Margolin.” Library Journal

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“Margolin shines in recreating pioneer life...there's legal wrangling, murder and romance, set against the backdrop of race and frontier life...his scene-setting, knowledge of the frontier and relating of the hard task of the law make for an appealing read.” Kirkus Reviews

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“The Old West comes alive in heart-wrenching, violent, and wicked racist color….Legal thriller and western fans will stay with it to the last page.…Margolin's novel offers a compelling portrait of small town justice done right.” Booklist

Synopsis:

Known for his critically acclaimed contemporary thrillers, New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin explores intriguing new territory in Worthy Brown's Daughter, a compelling historical drama, set in nineteenth-century Oregon, that combines a heartbreaking story of slavery and murder with classic Margolin plot twists.

One of a handful of lawyers in the new state of Oregon, recently widowed Matthew Penny agrees to help Worthy Brown, a newly freed slave, rescue his fifteen year old daughter, Roxanne, from their former master, a powerful Portland lawyer. Worthy's lawsuit sets in motion events that lead to Worthy's arrest for murder and create an agonizing moral dilemma that could send either Worthy or Matthew to the hangman.

At the same time, hanging judge Jed Tyler, a powerful politician with a barren personal life, becomes infatuated with a beautiful gold-digger who is scheming to murder Benjamin Gillette, Oregon's wealthiest businessman. When Gillette appears to die from natural causes, Sharon Hill produces a forged contract of marriage and Tyler must decide if he will sacrifice his reputation to defend that of the woman who inspired his irrational obsession.

At Worthy's trial, Matthew saves Worthy by producing a stunning courtroom surprise and his attempt to stop the deadly fortune hunter ends in a violent climax.

About the Author

Phillip Margolin has written seventeen New York Times bestsellers, including his latest, Sleight of Hand, and the Washington Trilogy. Each displays a unique, compelling insiders view of criminal behavior, which comes from his long background as a criminal defense attorney who has handled thirty murder cases. Winner of the Distinguished Northwest Writer Award, he lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Michele Jacobsen, February 26, 2014 (view all comments by Michele Jacobsen)
First of all, I must state that this is the first Margolin novel I have read, so I didn't come into this with any preconceived notions of what to expect (although I understand he is a very popular author). That said, I was pleasantly surprised with what I found: a fast-paced, well-plotted historical novel rooted in an actual legal case that took place in Oregon in the mid-1800s. When a white man relocated to Oregon from the South with his slaves he promised to free them once he got settled in Oregon (where slavery wasn't legal, which isn't to say that black people were welcome in Oregon...quite the opposite in fact). He only freed part of the slave family, keeping one for himself and this is the crux of the legal case that ensues and the novel.

Margolin does a fantastic job keeping the narrative moving along quickly and yet still creating fully developed characters. At no point does the novel get bogged down in legalese or lengthy descriptions as one might expect. Instead, Margolin expertly weaves the legal case and history with the action of the novel and as a result, I was consistently interested throughout and never once found myself bored or my attention wandering. Overall, I'd recommend the novel for any American history buff....especially anyone who enjoys the American West. Although this is historical fiction, the case it is based upon makes it a fascinating read.
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nedry.ja, January 22, 2014 (view all comments by nedry.ja)
I am commenting on the title as I haven't read the book.

I love the title. It's in a whole different league from Margolin's other novel, and the title not only set's it a[art but is source of considerable intrigue for me. It just beckons me to read the book--which I certainly will before too much time has passed!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062195340
Author:
Margolin, Phillip
Publisher:
Harper
Author:
MARGOLIN, PHILLIP
Subject:
Mystery Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20140121
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.21 in 22.8 oz

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Product details 352 pages Harper - English 9780062195340 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Margolin...allows passions to sway his heroes, and generates empathy toward his crooks....[On] the courtroom floor, where Margolin is clearly at home, [there is] a satisfying, white-knuckle climax.”
"Review" by , “What intrigues here is the setting. Best-selling thriller author Margolin has forsaken the modern world for 19th-century Oregon...based on a real case, which should bring out the best in former criminal defense attorney Margolin.”
"Review" by , “Margolin shines in recreating pioneer life...there's legal wrangling, murder and romance, set against the backdrop of race and frontier life...his scene-setting, knowledge of the frontier and relating of the hard task of the law make for an appealing read.”
"Review" by , “The Old West comes alive in heart-wrenching, violent, and wicked racist color….Legal thriller and western fans will stay with it to the last page.…Margolin's novel offers a compelling portrait of small town justice done right.”
"Synopsis" by , Known for his critically acclaimed contemporary thrillers, New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin explores intriguing new territory in Worthy Brown's Daughter, a compelling historical drama, set in nineteenth-century Oregon, that combines a heartbreaking story of slavery and murder with classic Margolin plot twists.

One of a handful of lawyers in the new state of Oregon, recently widowed Matthew Penny agrees to help Worthy Brown, a newly freed slave, rescue his fifteen year old daughter, Roxanne, from their former master, a powerful Portland lawyer. Worthy's lawsuit sets in motion events that lead to Worthy's arrest for murder and create an agonizing moral dilemma that could send either Worthy or Matthew to the hangman.

At the same time, hanging judge Jed Tyler, a powerful politician with a barren personal life, becomes infatuated with a beautiful gold-digger who is scheming to murder Benjamin Gillette, Oregon's wealthiest businessman. When Gillette appears to die from natural causes, Sharon Hill produces a forged contract of marriage and Tyler must decide if he will sacrifice his reputation to defend that of the woman who inspired his irrational obsession.

At Worthy's trial, Matthew saves Worthy by producing a stunning courtroom surprise and his attempt to stop the deadly fortune hunter ends in a violent climax.

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