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The bestselling author of Gone, But Not Forgotten offers an equally gripping novel--a roller coaster ride of legal suspense that begins with a pair of seemingly unrelated murders . . . and climaxes in a truly startling ending. Sure to be one of the summer's biggest hits.
Abbie sat up in bed, certain she had heard a noise but unable to tell what it was. Her heart was beating so loudly, she had to take breaths to calm herself. The moon was only a sliver and the sky was pitch black. According to the clock on her nightstand, she had only been asleep for an hour and a half.
Abbie tried to identify the sound that had awakened her, but it only the waves breaking on the beach. Just as she convinced herself that she was only having a bad dream, a stair creaked and her heart raced again. Abbie had taken to carrying her handgun since the attempted break-in, but as she reached for it, she remembered that her purse was downstairs.
She had been too exhausted to change her clothes when she went to bed, so Abbie was wearing her tee shirt and panties and tossed her sneakers, socks and jeans onto the floor next to bed. She rolled onto the floor and slipped on her jeans and sneakers.
There was a deck outside the bedroom window. Abbie grabbbed the doorknob and tried to open the door quietly, but the air had warped the wood and the door stuck. Abbie pulled a little harder, afraid that the intruder would hear her if she jerked open the door. It would not move.
Another step creaked and she panicked. The second she wrenched the door open footsteps pounded up the stairs toward her room. Abbie ran onto the deck. She slammed the deck door closed to slow the intruder, then she rolled over the low deck rail just as the door to her bedroom slammed open. For a brief moment, Abbie could see the silhouette of aman in her doorway. Then she was falling through the air and slamming against hardpacked earth.
The deck door crashed against the outside wall and Abbie was up and running. A dirt trail ran between the woods and the edge of the bluff for a mile until it reached the neighbors' property. There was no fence and the trail was narrow, but Abbie streaked along it, praying she would not be followed.
A hundred yards in was a footpath that led into the woods. Abbie's brain was racing as she weighed her choices and decided her chances of survival were better in the woods, where there were more places to hide. She veered to the left and shot down the trail, then moved off it and into the woods as silently as she could.
Abbie crouched behind a tree and strained to hear the man who was chasing her. A second later, footsteps pounded by on the path. Abbie gulped air and tried to calm herself. She decided to move deeper into the woods. She would hide until daylight and hope the man would give up before then. She had almost regained her composure when she heard a sound on her right.
Adrenaline coursed through her and she bolted into the underbrush, making no effort to be quiet. Her feet churned. She surged into the woods and away from the cliff, oblivious to the pain from branches that whipped across her face and ripped her shirt. Then she was airborne. She tried to cushion her fall but her face took the brunt of it. Blinding lights flashed behind her eyes. The air was momentarily crushed from her lungs. She hugged the earth, praying she would be invisible in the dark. Almost immediately, she heard the loud crack of branches breaking and the snap of bushes as they swung back after being pushed apart.
The sound was nearby and there was no way she could run. On her right was a massive, rotting tree trunk. Abbie burrowed under it, pressing herself into the earth, hoping that the mass of the log would shield her.
Something wet fell on Abbie's face. It started to move. Tiny legs scrambled across her lips and cheek. An insect! Then another and another. Abbie desperately wanted to scream, but she was afraid the insects would crawl into her mouth. She clamped her jaws shut and took in air through her nose. Every part of her wanted to bolt, but she was sure she would die if she did.
The woods were silent. The man had stopped to reconnoiter. Abbie brought a hand to her face and brushed off the bugs. She expelled air slowly. Her heart was beating wildly in her ears and she calmed herself so she could hear.
There was cool earth against her cheek and the silhouettes of tall evergreens against the night sky. Suddenly the space between two large trees was filled by the outline of a man. His back was to her, but she was certain he would see her if he turned and looked down. Abbie pressed herself closer to the log, praying that the man would not turn. He did. Slowly. A few inches more and he would see her. Abbie felt for a rock or a thick tree limb she could use as a weapon, but her hand closed on nothing of substance. Now the man was facing the log. He started to look directly at Abbie. Then the sky lit up.
Posted July 19, 2008
Afer Dark, by Phillip Margolin, is the best mystery/thriller I¿ve ever read 'and believe me I¿ve read many'. To me the evaluation of how good a book is can be determined in how long it takes one to read it. I read After Dark in less than two days. It is a masterful work of penmanship with a twisted plot that keeps you reading to see whodunit, but the plot is so intricately woven, you never can decide what the resolution will turn out to be. Publishers Weekly called Margolin¿s style ¿whiplash plotting¿, which is an excellent description inasmuch as several characters were under suspicion. This was a complicated story with a great deal of legalese that could only be done through Margolin¿s background as an attorney. It is so well written, one must wonder if it comes from one of his court cases. If you are a mystery/thriller buff like me, then read this book. I think you will be as pleased as I was with it.
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Posted April 28, 2008
Book Review: ¿After Dark.¿ In the book, ¿After Dark¿ by Phillip Margolin, Tracy Cavanough, a young lawyer, finds her best friend dead. Soon after, Justice Robert is killed by a car bomb. This mystery then takes its place in a law firm. In this book, the plot is a very hard to follow. It is non-linear in how the events occurred. One thing happens, and then the plot jumps to something else. This mystery has many twists and turns. Although some dialogue goes into more detail, it sometimes becomes hard to follow. For example, Dr. Shirov goes into detail about neutron activation analysis. This dialogue didn¿t need to be that detailed, it confuses the reader. The final conclusion was exciting, but for that you have to read through the plot twists. In my opinion, ¿After Dark¿ is a very smart book to read, but the author¿s writing style is hard to follow. I would recommend this book to people who like law mysteries. However, I don¿t recommend it to people who don¿t know much about law.
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Posted December 28, 1999
After Dark held my interest from beginning to end. I was so surprised with the ending. I loaned the book to a few of my friends and they loved it also. In fact, one friend went to the library and borrowed other books by Mr. Margolin and she thoroughly enjoyed them.
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Posted June 6, 2013
This novel has it all: love, hate, revenge, ethical dilemmas, and a surprise ending. I couldn't wait to find out who killed the Justice yet hated when it ended. Worth the time and money if you enjoy suspenseful legal stories.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2013
I liked this story. It was not as gory as his newer books and had a quaint small town feel. The main character was not as likable as his other characters and he did not really grow on me as he changed throughout the story. Its worth the read. Good story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2009
After Dark was a very good read. There were so many twists and turns in the story. Trying to figure out who was responsible for the murders Abbie was being tried for was interesting. There were clues early on but nothing was given away. I would recommend this book and am interested in checking out other works by this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 11, 2005
Well put together. Intricate details come together seamlessly. However, I didnt understand why Tracy couldnt empathize with Reynolds delima but thats my personal opinion which doesnt take away from the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2003
Posted July 7, 2001
After Dark was an excellent book. It was the first mystery book that I read and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The book had an ending that was surprising; it made you think about previous events that happened in the book and it's nice how everything falls in to place. I loved the book and would recommend it highly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 9, 2010
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