Executive Privilege by Phillip Margolin

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When private detective Dana Cutler is hired to follow college student Charlotte Walsh, she never imagines the trail will lead to the White House. But the morning after Walsh's clandestine meeting with Christopher Farrington, President of the United States, the pretty young coed is dead—the latest victim, apparently, of a fiend dubbed "the D.C. Ripper."

A junior associate in an Oregon law firm, Brad Miller is stunned by the death row revelations of convicted serial killer Clarence Little. Though Little accepts responsibility for a string of gruesome murders, he swears he was framed for one of them: the death of a teenaged babysitter who worked for then-governor Farrington.

Suddenly nowhere in America is safe for a small-time private eye and a fledgling lawyer who possess terrifying evidence that suggests the unthinkable: that someone at the very highest level of government, perhaps the president himself, is a cold and brutal killer.


About Phillip Margolin

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Phillip Margolin, a practicing criminal defense attorney in Portland, Oregon, has tried many high-profile murder cases and has argued in the Supreme Court.  He was the first attorney in Oregon to use the battered woman’s syndrome as a defense in a homicide case.
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 480 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The U.S. president becomes a murder suspect in this over-the-top political thriller from bestseller Margolin (Proof Positive ).

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What a concept: the President of the United States as a possible serial killer.

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Book Reporter

But when she sees the news about the young woman’s death, Cutler decides to take a powder, even though the murder is being attributed to the DC Ripper, a serial killer at work in the nation’s capital.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Could the president of the United States be a serial killer?

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More than a decade after the publication of the book, another lawyer novelist has decided to explore the same realm, albeit in a different style-- Phillip Margolin with his 2008 novel “Executive Privilege.” The novel (and I am sure a screen version is bound to follow) starts slowly wit...

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