Synopses & Reviews
New York Times
bestselling author Phillip Margolin returns with a shocking and enthralling thriller about the way CSI evidence can be misused by a killer with his own twisted sense of justice.
Doug Weaver is a defense attorney who always believes the best of his clients, and Jacob Cohen, on trial for murder, is no exception. Jacob may be homeless and mentally ill, but Doug can't imagine that this meek and intensely religious man could have killed and dismembered a woman. Yet Bernard Cashman, a forensic expert at the Oregon State Crime Lab, finds evidence that indisputably connects Cohen with the crime.
Frustrated and confused, Doug consults Amanda Jaffe, star of Margolin's spine-tingler Wild Justice. Amanda and her father, Frank, are working on a case that seems completely unrelated gangster Art Prochaska is accused of murdering an informer. When Amanda starts looking too closely at the seemingly air-tight evidence in these two apparently unconnected cases, people start to die and she discovers that a madman with the power to alter the truth is on the loose.
From the author whose writing the Chicago Tribune called "twisted and brilliant," and hailed by Lisa Scottoline as "genuinely surprising," Proof Positive promises an unbeatable combination of inside-CSI detail and intriguing insights into the minds of criminals and the attorneys who defend them and, of course, the plot twists, stay-up-all-night suspense, and gasp-inducing surprises that are Phillip Margolin's undisputed trademark.
"In bestseller Margolin's third legal thriller featuring feisty defense lawyer Amanda Jaffe (after 2003's Wild Justice), respected forensic expert Bernard Cashman, who works for the Oregon State Crime Laboratory, has developed a personal philosophy that allows him to manufacture evidence to ensure the successful prosecution of those he feels are guilty, especially if crucial evidence is missing. He's not a madman, just absolutely sure that he knows more than judge, jury and the legal system when it comes to administering justice. After a fellow crime lab employee approaches him about discrepancies in his work, he adds murder to his list of methods that ensure his continuing crusade. Amanda is still working in her father's law firm and still having trouble with her love life, though Margolin wisely steers clear of wasting much time on her personal problems. The author deftly manages a large cast of characters and ties the many plot lines together with enough clever twists to satisfy faithful fans and newcomers. 6-city author tour. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Two distinct narratives are skillfully interwoven into a story that challenges the imagination until the very end. Margolin definitely retains his reputation as one of the best courtroom drama authors of all time." Library Journal
"Margolin is never going to be a poster boy for stylish prose, but this is a briskly paced, cleverly plotted, long-overdue switch on all those heroic forensics guys." Kirkus Reviews
"Margolin shows readers how a crime-scene investigator can...not only influence the outcome of a trial but also effectively ensure a certain verdict. It's typical of Margolin to use the legal-thriller subgenre to explore some socially significant aspect of the jury system." Booklist
"Margolin is first-rate here....By the time you're two-thirds of the way through, the suspense is excruciating....Margolin seems to get better and better, and Proof Positive is positive proof that he is at his personal best." BookReporter.com
"Margolin's bare style and paper-doll characters do serve the satisfyingly swift pace of his books; there's not much to slow anyone down. The best part is getting caught up in the suspense of whether justice will be served." The Willamette Week
Defense attorney Amanda Jaffe is representing an insane derelict charged with a hideous murder who claims he's being framed. Is it possible that a CSI technician would misuse his position? Amanda discovers that a madman with the power to alter the truth is on the loose.
About the Author
Phillip Margolin has written eleven New York Times bestsellers including Gone but Not Forgotten and Wild Justice each displaying a compelling insider's view of criminal behavior that comes from his unique background as a longtime criminal defense attorney who has handled more than thirty murder cases. He lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon.