Synopses & Reviews
Charles Benedict—magnetic criminal defense lawyer, amateur illusionist, and professional hit man—and private investigator Dana Cutler are on a collision course set in motion by Benedict's greatest sleight of hand yet: framing a millionaire for the murder of his much younger wife.
Ten years ago, Horace Blair fell in love with the prosecutor during his DUI trial. He persuaded Carrie to marry him and to sign a prenuptial agreement guaranteeing her twenty million dollars if she remained faithful during the first ten years of their marriage. The week before their tenth anniversary, Carrie disappears, and Horace is charged with her murder.
The millionaire hires one of D.C.'s best attorneys—Charles Benedict. Meanwhile, Dana Cutler is in the Pacific Northwest on the trail of a stolen relic. Hitting a dead end, she returns to Virginia, perplexed and disappointed—and straight into the case of Horace and Carrie Blair. Dana needs to conjure a few tricks of her own to take down a cunning psychopath and expose his plot—before he can work his deadly magic on her.
“Phillip Margolins best book in years. Deception is prominent, and the villain is truly vile.…A magician never reveals his secrets, and like the best prestidigitators, Margolin manipulates readers into believing one thing, then reveals the surprising truth..” Associated Press
About the Author
Phillip Margolin has written more than a dozen New York Times
bestselling mysteries for adults, including Gone, But Not Forgotten
; Executive Privilege
; and Wild Justice
. With Vanishing Acts
, he is achieving two new firstshis first book for young readers and his first book with his daughter, Ami Margolin Rome.
Ami Margolin Rome works in education philanthropy and is a former Peace Corps volunteer. Like Madison, Ami grew up in Portland, Oregon, with a criminal defense attorney for a father. She still lives in Portland today, near her father.