Serial killer and suspect president

June 30, 2008 12:09:30 PM PDT
It's a common plot ploy: A detective takes what looks like an easy job and winds up running for her life.

That's the situation in which Dana Cutler finds herself when she takes an assignment from a politically connected attorney to follow a pretty college student. But in the hands of best-selling mystery writer Phillip Margolin, nothing is ever simple and no one is really safe.

Cutler, a private detective in Washington, D.C., runs into complications when she follows the coed to a secret meeting with the President of the United States, Christopher Farrington, that is obviously a romantic tryst.

The next morning, the young woman is dead and Cutler is on the run from some nasty Secret Service agents.

Meanwhile, across the country in Portland, Ore. - where Farrington was once governor - a lawyer named Brad Miller represents a confessed serial killer. The killer has admitted to the murders of several young women but not the last one.

Even though he knows he's facing death, the killer's pride is wounded when he's blamed for a murder he did not commit. So he forces Miller to investigate by giving him information that will show he did not kill the last girl. It doesn't take long before Miller and Cutler reach the same conclusion - that the President in a prime suspect in both of those murders and more. The more evidence the pair collect, the more danger they are in.

"Executive Privilege" is 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. He keeps you wondering, too, bringing in a variety of situations that will have the reader guessing what is going on and who is to blame.

With believable characters and compelling writing, "Executive Privilege" adds up to another exciting trip through one of Margolin's fast-paced plots.