The Undertaker's Widow by Phillip Margolin

From his first novel, Phillilp Margolin's suspense-filled stories have been bestsellers.

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The Undertaker's Widow by Phillip Margolin


Features

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.07 x 6.88 x 4.27
  • Publisher: Bantam ; Reprint edition (March 2, 1999)
  • ISBN: 0553580884


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    In this legal thriller, a young judge in Portland, Oregon, struggles to save his marriage and his career after he becomes personally involved in the murder case he's adjudicating. The judge, Richard Quinn, is a deeply principled man who has proven himself an honorable and fair-minded public servant. When an extremely wealthy undertaker is murdered in his mansion in the West Hills of town, Quinn is chosen to preside over the case. The dead man's widow, Ellen Crease, is a driven state congressional representative who is running for a seat in the United States Senate. She's a shapely, pistol-packing Republican and a former cop. She's also a suspect, as is the dead man's underachieving son. Crease's political enemies also appear to be involved in the intrigue, but it's difficult to tell. After someone connected to the case tries to blackmail the judge for an extramarital misstep, Quinn decides to take matters into his own hands. He does some investigating, shares his discoveries with people who seem to be trustworthy (but aren't), and puts himself in harm's way.

    It's interesting to follow Quinn as he grapples with the ethical issues of the case. When the blackmailers want him to tip the scales of justice one way, he considers tipping them the other direction. There is also something inherently diverting about observing a basically good man who is helplessly mired in a whole heap of trouble. Throughout the book, Quinn keeps stumbling into mortal danger and confiding in all the wrong people, digging himself deeper and deeper in trouble. --Jill Marquis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    Book Description
    A cold-blooded murder. A beautiful suspect. An honest judge forced to do the unthinkable.

    New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin is a master of legal suspense. In this explosive novel, a simple case of self-defense becomes a nightmare in which justice itself is held hostage.

    Judge Richard Quinn is young, idealistic, and honest to a fault. That's why he's handed the most sensational homicide case in Oregon history. Locked in a race for the U.S. Senate, Ellen Crease gunned down the intruder who murdered her wealthy husband. In a single, brutal instant she became a widow, a victim, and a hero.

    Yet disturbing questions remain. What secrets did the man who started his fortune running mortuaries keep that might have cost him his life? What about the son frozen out of his will? Or his wife's political enemies? And what about Ellen Crease herself?

    Soon it becomes clear that a deadly plot of murder, blackmail, passion, and double cross is unfolding around Judge Richard Quinn. And unless he breaks the rules, justice will not only be blind, it will be the final victim.


    Reader Reviews
    0 of 2 people found the following review helpful: !!~Awesome Read~!! A really good suspense mystery story., June 7, 2002 Reviewer: Patrick A. Huber from Collinsville, IL United States I really liked this book this was my first Philip Margolin book but i have added him to my mental list of a must read author. This was a rather fast book i read it in about 3 days but i was up quite a few of those nights!! But this is a really intriquing book which makes you think a lot and if you like Grisham or Mary Higgins Clark this is a awesome read!!

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