Review of “The Perfect Alibi: A Novel” by Phillip Margolin

This is the second book in a legal thriller series featuring lawyer Robin Lockwood, but I did not read the previous book. It is fine as a standalone, however.

Robin is a young partner in a small firm in Portland, Oregon handling criminal matters. A young woman, Randi Stark, employs Robin as her lawyer in a rape case, in which there is DNA evidence identifying the assailant as Blaine Hastings Jr. He is sent to jail rather quickly, but then a second rape occurs and the DNA matches that of the previous rape. Yet Blaine has been in prison.

A battle over evidence and clients ensues between the District Attorney and the various lawyers involved with the rapes. Meanwhile, there have been some recent murders that seem somehow connected.

As Robin closes in on the answers, her own life is in danger, and the tension builds for answers before more people die.

Evalution: I thought some of the “bad guys” were a little too evil, but what do I know? I lead a fairly sheltered life, whereas the author formerly worked as a lawyer specializing in criminal defense. At any rate, the premise is great and the story definitely keeps you turning the pages! There really isn’t much about legal procedure in this book; the emphases are on the mystery and thriller aspects.

Rating: 3.5/5

Published by Minotaur Books, 2019

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3 Responses to Review of “The Perfect Alibi: A Novel” by Phillip Margolin

  1. Lloyd Russell says:

    I used to read all of Margolin’s books but have missed the last couple. I would agree that 3.5/5 is a pretty standard rating for him.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 11:01 PM Rhapsody in Books Weblog wrote:

    > rhapsodyinbooks posted: “This is the second book in a legal thriller > series featuring lawyer Robin Lockwood, but I did not read the previous > book. It is fine as a standalone, however. Robin is a young partner in a > small firm in Portland, Oregon handling criminal matters. ” >

  2. BermudaOnion says:

    I know what you mean about the bad guys being a little too evil – I’ve encountered that in books and movies. This sounds like a pretty good series.

  3. Beth F says:

    I haven’t read any of these books, but I like a good thriller/mystery even with over-the-top bad guys.

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