This omnibus volume contains two novels by Phillip Margolin - "Gone, But Not Forgotten" and "After Dark". The novels are grounded in Margolin's own experience a criminal defence attorney who has defended several people accused of murder.
This is a tale with a difference; from the outset we know who the bad & good guys are. The book is about what happens when those parameters begin to blur, when what is morally right, is against everything we believe in.
A great read & one that you won't be able to put down.
Ten years later, in Portland, Oregon, women are disappearing. All are wives of distinguished professional men. The pattern triggers memories in the law enforcement community, especially when a black rose and note are found on the bed of each of the disappeared. Long kept secrets are revealed which could reach the highest levels in the country's judicial system. And defense attorney, Betsy Tannenbaum, a rising star, has been hired to defend a prominent developer for the probable murders. He looks guilty as sin. (pardon the cliche).
This is a legal thriller that provides a riveting and entertaining read.Read more ›
On the downside, it was fairly lightweight, the characters and plot could have done with a lot more layering or complexity. This was best illustrated in the way that two of the characters were thrown together for the hint of a romance in the last few pages, with no buildup at all to their relationship.
For all that, it was an enjoyable read. It's strength was in its raising of the moral issues and ambiguities involved in defending evil against punishment for the greater good of society as a whole. These aspects of the plot were intriguing enough to keep me reading to the last page.
The author is no Richard North Patterson, but if you're looking for something to while away a few hours in the sun, you could find a lot worse out there.