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NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T,
This review is from: Sleight of Hand (Dana Cutler) (Paperback)
I listened to the audio book version of SLEIGHT OF HAND, read by Jonathan Davis, and enjoyed it immensely due in no small part to the various vocal characterizations Davis was able to portray. It was akin to having a full company of players depicting the various characters in the cast rather than just one very talented individual.
As for the story itself, Margolin begins this latest action packed tour de force with a contract murder, proceeds to a case of date rape resulting in a second murder, and builds from there. I am not giving anything away here since these acts are the foundation of the story and one knows from the outset who committed all of these heinous crimes. It's the how's and why's that follow that put an amoral lawyer with a penchant for money and murder and Dana Cutler, the shrewd female investigator involved in a search for a priceless gold scepter, on a collision course.
Since the average individual often envisions lawyers as selfish, unethical and unscrupulous bottom feeders who would do anything in the name of self-interest, Phillip Margolin has lent his own spin to this perception by creating for us Charles Benedict, a criminal defense lawyer and amateur magician who supplements his income by acting as a professional hit man and who, by utilizing his magicians aptitude for diverting attention from one thing and focusing it on another, manages to elude detection.
This latest installment in the Dana Cutler P.I. series is a tale filled with engaging characters, multiple well plotted storylines, in addition to intriguing diversions and plot twists designed to keep you involved and absorbed all the way to the final resolution.