A Reasonable Doubt

A Reasonable Doubt

Large Print - 2020 | Center Point Large Print edition
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"Robin Lockwood is a young criminal defense attorney and partner in a prominent law firm in Portland, Oregon. A former MMA fighter and Yale Law graduate, she joined the firm of legal legend Regina Barrister not long before Regina was forced into retirement by early onset Alzheimer's. One of Regina's former clients, Robert Chesterfield, shows up in the law office with an odd request-he's seeking help from his old attorney in acquiring patent protection for an illusion. Chesterfield is a professional magician of some reknown and he has a major new trick he's about to debut. This is out of the scope of the law firm's expertise, but when Robin Lockwood looks into his previous relationship with the firm, she learns that twenty years ago he was arrested for two murders, one attempted murder, and was involved in the potentially suspicious death of his very rich wife. At the time, Regina Barrister defended him with ease, after which he resumed his career as a magician in Las Vegas. Now, decades later, he debuts his new trick-only to disappear at the end. He's a man with more than one dark past and many enemies--is his disappearance tied to one of the many people who have good reason to hate him? Was he killed and his body disposed of, or did he use his considerable skills to engineer his own disappearance? Robin Lockwood must unravel the tangled skein of murder and bloody mischief to learn how it all ties together"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2020
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781643585505
1643585509
Characteristics: 367 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
large print (16 point)

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USAF1969
Jun 20, 2020

A REASONABLE DOUBT is the 3rd book in Phillip Margolin's Robin Lockwood series of novels. This character is still developing in my opinion, but the story line is very interesting and I was engaged throughout. Worth the read, but not yet quite up to usual Margolin novels, but getting there.

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DT_kcls
May 09, 2020

'A Reasonable Doubt' is the 21st book I've read by Phillip Margolin. Of those I remember well, it's my least favorite. I much prefer the Amanda Jaffe books

While I do like the character of Robin Lockwood, I didn't much like her in 'A Reasonable Doubt'. In the earlier books, Robin was a woman who knows exactly who she is, but, apparently, less so now. In this book, she strikes out on her own then grovels about doing so. Robin would never grovel.

The other issue I have with 'A Reasonable Doubt' is the conversations between the characters. When did good writers start writing down to their readers?

". . . I'll tell you what I find out as fast as I can, but that may not be until Monday. Can you hold it together until then?"
"Yes,. I'm really scared, but I was in combat in the army, so I've been under pressure before."

Sorry, fellow readers and Mr Margolin, but that is just so dumb and but one example of the simplistic conversational writing that grates on me.

'A Reasonable Doubt', for having so many moving parts, moved entirely too slowly, and, the ultimate ending is such a hokey "AHA! moment.

I wonder if this is not Margolin's best work is because, as he admits in the acknowledgements, he is too entranced by the world of magic. Other authors have suffered because they have chosen to write around a pet passion instead of including their passion in a good story with great writing.

I check out most of the books I read from the library. I try to be a good reading neighbor by prioritizing the books that have the most people waiting for them. I've stayed with that plan during this time when we are banished to our homes and the library doors are locked. I wish I hadn't given A Reasonable Doubt as high a place on my list over other library books I am excited to read.

3 stars. Please bring back Amanda Jaffee and Dana Cutler, at least until Robin puts her big girl pants back on.

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hawkeye23
Dec 02, 2019

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