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Executive Privilege (Dana Cutler) [Kindle Edition]

Phillip Margolin
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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“Chock full of harrowing chases, desperate situations and politics running rampant. Add in the corruption of power and the destructive force of lust, and you have all the ingredients for a winning thriller. Another page-turning read.” (

“Margolin has mastered all the elements of a successful suspense mystery. The action moves quickly. His prose is compelling: nothing is what it seems, and there are surprises even after the reader has been fooled into thinking the mystery is solved.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

“Page-turning...a rip-roaring conclusion...more twists than the Columbia River Gorge. Is it fun? A helluva lotta.” (Washington Post Express)

“A sexy summer read--the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Mixing crime and politics may make for a bad career, but it sure as hell makes for some good reading.” (Cosmopolitan)

“Just the kind of sizzling mystery needed for this long, hot summer. Margolin is the master of the successful suspense mystery. He gives you liberal doses of danger and evil villains, and keeps the action moving. Believable characters and compelling writing…another exciting trip through one of Margolin’s fast-paced plots.” (Associated Press)

“Story lines collide in this pulse-pounding thriller . Expect plenty of buzz for this one as a result of both the intriguing premise and the well-wrought narrative.” (Booklist)

“Sizzle factor: .38 Special hot.” (USA Today)

“The story is fast-paced and features many engaging characters.” (Library Journal)

“(A) thrilling page-turner.” (National Examiner)

“Margolin is the master of the successful suspense mystery. With believable characters and compelling writing, EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE adds up to another exciting trip through one og Margolin’s plots [and] is just the kind of sizzling mystery needed for this long, hot summer.” (Pittsburgh Tribune)

“Phillip Margolin [is] a crafty storyteller who keeps you on the edge of your seat with frighteningly real scenarios. EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE is a must read this summer.” (Brunswick News (Georgia))

“Reckless, fast, with no-holds-barred action and suspense, EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE will have you glued to your reading corner with a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door.” (Madison County Herald, MS)

“Phillip Margolin has surprises up his sleeve for readers right to the end of this shocking thriller.” (

“Looking for summer reading? Gather your hammock, some iced tea and this page-turner of a book, one of Margolin’s most absorbing and richly textured to date.” (Portland Oregonian)

About the Author

Phillip Margolin has written eighteen novels, many of them New York Times bestsellers, including the recent Worthy Brown's Daughter, Sleight of Hand, and the Washington Trilogy. Each displays a unique, compelling insider's view of criminal behavior, which comes from his long background as a criminal defense attorney who has handled thirty murder cases. Winner of the Distinguished Northwest Writer Award, he lives in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1458 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (17 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00139VU3I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ABSORBING THRILLER... 23 Aug. 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a wholly plot driven book that makes for a quick, enjoyable read. Though the characters are not well-fleshed, it really doesn't matter, since it is the plot that controls. It is a contemporary thriller that will grab the reader from the start.

Brad Miller, a young attorney from a prestigious law firm, is assigned a pro bono writ of habeas corpus to handle for Clarence Little, a convicted serial killer. It seems that the convicted killer is challenging a death sentence that he received in Oregon, while the current President of the United States, Christopher Farrington, was governor of Oregon. The murder victim was the daughter of the President's personal secretary when he was governor. Clarence Little now claims that he was framed for that one murder.

Meanwhile, a former police officer and private detective, Dana Cutler, is hired to follow Charlotte Walsh, a pretty college student, for a client that wishes to remain anonymous. To her surprise, Charlotte has a clandestine meeting with none other than the President himself, Christopher Farrington. When Charlotte turns up dead the morning after, Dana realizes that she now has some cause for personal concern.

When Brad and Dana discover that each of their cases is linked, they join forces. They have to be pretty quick to stay one step ahead of the killer that is now in hot pursuit of them. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the killer is someone who has access to the highest Office in the land. Although the reader will probably be able to ascertain who the killer is, the reader will definitely enjoy putting the pieces together of this entertaining thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serial killer in the White House? 30 Dec. 2008
By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER
What if the President of the United States was a serial killer? This is a possibility offered throughout this book as three separate people, finding themselves involved in some killings, slowly unpack events and discover a trail that leads to the White House. The three are Dana Cutler, a former cop who now works as a PI; Brad Miller, a young lawyer and Keith Evans, an FBI investigator. The story runs as we see each of these three working, unknown to each other, in parallel areas.

When a young woman is killed and Dana has photographic evidence that she was with the President just before her death, Dana's life is immediately at risk as she comes under attack. But Dana is a resourceful woman whose history means that she won't allow herself to be captured and she goes on the run. At the same time Brad Miller is tasked to check on a pro bono case where a serial killer claims one of the murders laid at his door was committed by someone else; when Brad investigates he believes there is some truth to the case, especially when he sees the similarity between the death of the young girl in that case as she also knew the President whilst he was governor. Keith Evans is initially investigating a set of serial killings but when he catches the perpetrator he realises one of the killings is probably a copycat and he begins to follow the trail to the White House.

This was an enjoyable book with events moving quickly and with a couple of gentle romances thrown in. The story was billed as having a lot of twists and turns in it but I found it a fairly straightforward read with the twist at the end one that I expected and had already guessed. Phillip Margolin is stronger on procedure and action than characterisation and I did feel that thinks all tied up a bit more neatly than would probably be the case in real life, but it was an enjoyable story and did give some interesting food for thought.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Margolin's best to date! 16 Jun. 2008
Pageturner (cliché), blockbuster (cliché), fastpaced (cliché)! Right. You won't get many hours sleep once you have started this one. In my opinion, the best book Pillip Margolin has ever written.

The idea of this story almost made me catch my breath, so far-fetched did it seem, when it finally hit me what was going on. I thought I was reading a really good, although nothing out of the "ordinary really good", thriller, until I realized to which extremes the author has gone with this book.

Down through the history, Kings and Presidents have been murdered. Also, as during the French Revolution in 1789, Kings and Queens have been charged with horrible crimes and executed. The latter, however, may seem a bit different and/or difficult to compare with a modern times President of the United States being under suspicion for murder.

And so cleverly has the web in this story been woven, that it takes the reader (at least it did me) until the very last pages in order to find out "who did it, and why"! In fact, I did NOT find out, but had to wait impatiently until it was all finally explained to me in great detail.

I will not reveal more of the story and spoil new readers' fun. It's simply the most terrific read. A sophisticated, fascinating, horrible fairytale for grownups. Or is it? Could something like this really happen?

The idea sounds daunting, and neither is the solution what you may be tempted to guess according to the synopsis.

Nevertheless, Mr. Margolin has written an amazing book. Buy it!!
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