The Perfect Alibi

The Perfect Alibi

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"The "master of heart-pounding suspense"--New York Times bestseller Phillip Margolin--returns with a new legal thriller starring Robin Lockwood. A young woman accuses a prominent local college athlete of rape. Convicted with the help of undisputable DNA evidence, the athlete swears his innocence and threatens both his lawyer and his accuser as he's sent to prison. Not long after, there's another rape and the DNA test shows that the same person committed both rapes--which is seemingly impossible since the man convicted of the first rape was in prison at the time of the second one. Now, the convicted athlete, joined by a new lawyer, is granted a new trial and bail. Shortly thereafter, his original lawyer disappears and his law partner is murdered. Robin Lockwood is a young lawyer with a prestigious small law firm and a former MMA fighter who helped pay for Yale Law School with her bouts. She is representing the victim of the first rape for her civil lawsuit against her rapist, who is now convinced the rapist is stalking her and trying to intimidate her. At the same time, another client is up on a murder charge--one that should be dismissed as self-defense--but the D.A. trying the case is determined to bring it to trial. Now she has to mastermind two impossible cases, trying to find the hidden truth that links the two of them. Phillip Margolin, the master of the legal thriller, returns in one of his twistiest, most compelling crime novels yet"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2019.
©2019
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250117533
1250117534
9781250117526
1250117526
9781250225603
1250225604
Characteristics: 1 online resource (310 pages)
Summary: "The "master of heart-pounding suspense"--New York Times bestseller Phillip Margolin--returns with a new legal thriller starring Robin Lockwood. A young woman accuses a prominent local college athlete of rape. Convicted with the help of undisputable DNA evidence, the athlete swears his innocence and threatens both his lawyer and his accuser as he's sent to prison. Not long after, there's another rape and the DNA test shows that the same person committed both rapes--which is seemingly impossible since the man convicted of the first rape was in prison at the time of the second one. Now, the convicted athlete, joined by a new lawyer, is granted a new trial and bail. Shortly thereafter, his original lawyer disappears and his law partner is murdered. Robin Lockwood is a young lawyer with a prestigious small law firm and a former MMA fighter who helped pay for Yale Law School with her bouts. She is representing the victim of the first rape for her civil lawsuit against her rapist, who is now convinced the rapist is stalking her and trying to intimidate her. At the same time, another client is up on a murder charge--one that should be dismissed as self-defense--but the D.A. trying the case is determined to bring it to trial. Now she has to mastermind two impossible cases, trying to find the hidden truth that links the two of them. Phillip Margolin, the master of the legal thriller, returns in one of his twistiest, most compelling crime novels yet"-- Provided by publisher.

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js7496
Mar 01, 2021

#2 Robin Lockwood

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gloryb
Nov 08, 2020

I enjoyed reading this novel with Defense lawyer Robin Lockwood as the sleuth who figures out how the crimes were committed. At first the novel seems pedestrian with Robin defending a college age rape case victim against a football player, but the novel progresses to include several murders, mainly of other lawyers. All of the victims and their provocateurs are what the author calls, "sociopaths". The author asks the readers to figure out, from the clues he scatters throughout the novel, if the rape did occur as described, and, also, who was responsible for the murders and why. The dialogue, at times, reads like a Perry Mason story with its court room proceedings and, like Perry Mason, Robin also has her own private investigator. I just didn't care for the crude language sprinkled throughout. Although part of a series, this novel can be read as a stand alone as the skimpy backgrounds of the main characters are easily filled in by the author.

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vperrin036
Sep 03, 2020

This book was not what I expected at all. The description is a bit misleading- while that plot is included in the book, I wouldn't say it is the main focus. There was a lot going on, and so many different threads to follow that it gave me whiplash, and not necessarily in a good way. I tried to explain the plot to a friend of mine after reading and it took an hour to type out the relevant points.

I would also say that the characters are quite shallow, and the relationships felt forced/told to the reader instead of shown.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH Apr 23, 2019

I'd never read a Philip Margolin book before, so I decided it was past time to do so, as he's coming to the Brookwood Library for the annual Library Foundation of Hillsboro dinner. While I like legal thrillers (I've read just about all of John Grisham's novels), this one was, well, predictable. While there were some shocking parts to the story, I figured out "who done it" fairly quickly. Still, it was a fast read (I read it over the course of two days), and it was enjoyable.

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nannianni
Apr 23, 2019

The last chapter, has no meaning and could have been left out.

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DM_kcls
Apr 19, 2019

What I found different about 'The Perfect Alibi', this latest by Phillip Margolin is how fast he moves through time: the story is told in increments of months rather than days or weeks.

'The Perfect Alibi' is a story of several stories: a few mysteries, some interconnected, and the further fleshing out of Margolin's newest main character, Robin Lockwood.

I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Perfect Alibi' and while I can't wait for the next installment of Robin Lockwood, the first, 'The Third Victim' is going to be hard to top.

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carolsonder
Apr 15, 2019

Philip Margolin has been a long time favorite of mine. and i was not disappointed with this one either. a great read.

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USAF1969
Apr 02, 2019

Philip Margolin's books are always hard for me to put down. THE PERFECT ALIBI is certainly one of those. I couldn't put it down, even when I knew I should be doing other things. Many sub-story crime lines, some related, some not. I didn't see the end coming the way it did. Lots of good legal issues to be addressed, including some timely ones related to DNA forensics. This is the latest appearance of lawyer Robin Lockwood, who is the main character. Hope to see more novels from Margolin with this lead character. Great read.

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cnsreader
Mar 12, 2019

There is a lot going on in this story! For me it was too shallow, when one thing wrapped up , you are immediately involved in another predicament! The main character, Robin, is great but everyone else seems rushed or pushed on you! I’m probably not explaining this well, so pick it up and see for yourself!

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