Synopses & Reviews
New York Times
bestselling author Phillip Margolin returns to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., with an exciting thriller about a ghost ship and the President's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sarah Woodruff, on death row in Oregon for murdering her lover, John Finley, has appealed her case to the Supreme Court just when a prominent justice resigns, leaving a vacancy.
Then, for no apparent reason, another justice is mysteriously attacked. Dana Cutler — one of the heroes from Margolin's bestselling Executive Privilege — is quietly called in to investigate. She looks for links between the Woodruff appeal and the ominous incidents in the justices' chambers, which eventually lead her to a shoot-out that took place years ago on a small freighter docked upriver in Shelby, Oregon, containing a dead crew and illegal drugs. The only survivor on board? John Finley.
With the help of Brad Miller and Keith Evans, Dana uncovers a plot by a rogue element in the American intelligence community involving the president's nominee to the Supreme Court, and soon the trio is thrown back into the grips of a deadly, executive danger.
With nonstop action, Supreme Justice picks up where Executive Privilege left off, putting readers right back where they were — on the edge of their seats.
"In this entertaining if predictable sequel to Executive Privilege (2008) from Margolin, policewoman Sarah Woodruff, who's on death row in Oregon, has been tried twice for murdering her lover, John Finley. Sarah's life depends on an appeal to the Supreme Court, but her appeal, if heard, could expose a criminal plot within the CIA. An unexpected vacancy in the court provides one opportunity to quash Woodruff's attempted appeal. For the man at the center of the plot, however, this isn't enough, and a Supreme Court justice becomes a target for assassination. Once again PI Dana Cutler and law clerk Brad Miller find themselves investigating dastardly doings in Washington, D.C., involving a host of conventional characters, from scheming Beltway sachems to a ghetto-raised African-American justice. Thriller fans who like to see the villains receive their just rewards and the good guys come to no harm will find this a comforting read. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Margolin['s] roller-coaster plot propels the action along, with plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting. Take this one along on a long plane ride to make the trip fly by." Oregonian
“[An] intriguing glimpse into the inner workings of the court. As always with Margolin, roller-coaster plot propels the action along, with plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting.” The Portland Oregonian
“A wry twist ending . . . puts a legal cherry on top of this satisfying gulp of Supreme Justice.” Clarion Ledger
“Entertaining. . . . Thriller fans who like to see the villains receive their just rewards and the good guys come to no harm will find this a comforting read.” Publishers Weekly
“Action speeds along through 65 fast-paced chapters with more bodies along the way. . . . But dont think you can solve this one on your own. Just when you think its wrapping up, there is another surprise.” The Oklahoman
“Margolins latest is a fast-paced yarn connecting a Supreme Court vacancy, a death row inmate, an ex-CIA chief and an attack on another Justice.” New York Post, Required Reading
“Margolin has come up with a winning recipe for success: by combining his legal expertise and experience with attention-grabbing characters and surprising storylines, hes assured himself a secure spot in a genre known for keeping people guessing.” Cascadia Weekly
“Margolin creates a tangled plot. . . . The ending was deliciously devious.” Bellingham Herald
“Get ready for a page-turning thriller. . . . [It] will keep you guessing until the last page.” National Examiner
“A good old fashioned political thriller. . . . Supreme Justice is a simple pleasure. . . . An exciting and enjoyable mystery.” Huffington Post
Filled with the fast-paced twists and surprises that propelled Executive Privilege, Supreme Justice reunites attorney Brad Miller, FBI agent Keith Evans, and private investigator Dana Cutler to untangle a five-year-old case involving a ghost ship and the president's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“A master of plot and pacing—and one of those rare authors who can create a genuinely surprising ending.”
— Lisa Scottoline
“It takes a really crafty storyteller to put people on the edge of their seats and keep them there. Phillip Margolin does just that.”
— Chicago Tribune
The crew from the New York Times bestseller Executive Privilege is back in another pulse-racing thriller from Phillip Margolin. Fans of John Grisham, David Baldacci, James Patterson, and Scott Turow—as well as Margolins own immensely popular Amanda and Frank Jaffe books like Fugitive, Wild Justice, and Proof Positive—wont be able to put down Supreme Justice until the last spellbinding page.
About the Author
Phillip Margolin has written fourteen New York Times bestsellers, including his latest novels Fugitive and Executive Privilege. Each displays a unique, compelling insider's view of criminal behavior, which comes from his long career as a criminal defense attorney who has handled 30 murder cases. Winner of the Distinguished Northwest Writer Award, Margolin lives in Portland, Oregon.