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Supreme Justice: A Novel of Suspense by Phillip Margolin
Review by Steve Sawicki
Harper Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061926518
Date: 01 June 2010 List Price $25.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Brad Miller, clerking for Supreme Court Justice Felicia Moss, is happy that his life has become mundane--no one shooting at him, no great mysteries to solve, and no fear that his actions could determine the future and his every decision critical to the well being of the United States. After the events that led to the downfall of the last President, Brad Miller welcomes the respite that hard work and love bring. But it's not to be for Brad as he once again finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy and a mystery.

Racing after Justice Moss as she leaves the Supreme Court, Brad manages to thwart an attempt on her life, which leads him to begin thinking about some coincidences that happened earlier in that day. Calling on private investigator Dana Cutler, the woman who helped him the last time he was involved in something this complex, Brad fills her in on a case involving Sarah Woodruff. The case leads to murder, a load of hashish, the CIA, and the nominee for a soon to be vacant seat on the Supreme Court. Before it's all over, Brad and Dana will find themselves once again on the wrong end of a bad situation but with the responsibility that only they can produce results that will end a conspiracy of privilege and power.

This book is a sequel to Margolin's Executive Privilege and is just as fast paced, exciting and interesting as that one was. Margolin once again treads the highest paths of power in the country and poses questions that could plausibly be true when it comes to just who might be pulling the strings in Washington. His characters are once again in the right place at the right time to figure out the mystery that engulfs them through some tireless legwork and just plain smarts. There are no few surprises in the plotting and Margolin's writing is sharp and inviting all the way through.

I enjoyed this book, reading it in three sittings. I found Margolin's characters to be both interesting and charming and as close to regular people as you can get, even though they all have interesting histories. I really liked the way he wove story-lines together until everything comes to a head and the conclusion is reached through hard work, brain power, and no little amount of blood and sweat. Margolin is not one who usually writes sequels or series but in this case I am glad he did as these characters were great fits for the story he needed to tell. Definitely recommended if you are looking for a mystery thriller with a few twists.

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