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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin returns to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., with an exciting thriller about a ghost ship and the President's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sarah Woodruff, on death row in Oregon for murdering her lover, John Finley, has appealed her case to the Supreme Court just when a prominent justice resigns, leaving a vacancy.

Then, for no apparent reason, another justice is mysteriously ...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin returns to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., with an exciting thriller about a ghost ship and the President's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sarah Woodruff, on death row in Oregon for murdering her lover, John Finley, has appealed her case to the Supreme Court just when a prominent justice resigns, leaving a vacancy.

Then, for no apparent reason, another justice is mysteriously attacked. Dana Cutler—one of the heroes from Margolin's bestselling Executive Privilege—is quietly called in to investigate. She looks for links between the Woodruff appeal and the ominous incidents in the justices' chambers, which eventually lead her to a shoot-out that took place years ago on a small freighter docked upriver in Shelby, Oregon, containing a dead crew and illegal drugs. The only survivor on board? John Finley.

With the help of Brad Miller and Keith Evans, Dana uncovers a plot by a rogue element in the American intelligence community involving the president's nominee to the Supreme Court, and soon the trio is thrown back into the grips of a deadly, executive danger.

With nonstop action, Supreme Justice picks up where Executive Privilege left off, putting readers right back where they were—on the edge of their seats.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this entertaining if predictable sequel to Executive Privilege (2008) from Margolin, policewoman Sarah Woodruff, who's on death row in Oregon, has been tried twice for murdering her lover, John Finley. Sarah's life depends on an appeal to the Supreme Court, but her appeal, if heard, could expose a criminal plot within the CIA. An unexpected vacancy in the court provides one opportunity to quash Woodruff's attempted appeal. For the man at the center of the plot, however, this isn't enough, and a Supreme Court justice becomes a target for assassination. Once again PI Dana Cutler and law clerk Brad Miller find themselves investigating dastardly doings in Washington, D.C., involving a host of conventional characters, from scheming Beltway sachems to a ghetto-raised African-American justice. Thriller fans who like to see the villains receive their just rewards and the good guys come to no harm will find this a comforting read. (June)
New York Post
“Margolin’s latest is a fast-paced yarn connecting a Supreme Court vacancy, a death row inmate, an ex-CIA chief and an attack on another Justice.”
Cascadia Weekly
“Margolin has come up with a winning recipe for success: by combining his legal expertise and experience with attention-grabbing characters and surprising storylines, he’s assured himself a secure spot in a genre known for keeping people guessing.”
Clarion Ledger
“A wry twist ending . . . puts a legal cherry on top of this satisfying gulp of Supreme Justice.”
The Oklahoman
“Action speeds along through 65 fast-paced chapters with more bodies along the way. . . . But don’t think you can solve this one on your own. Just when you think it’s wrapping up, there is another surprise.”
Bellingham Herald
“Margolin creates a tangled plot. . . . The ending was deliciously devious.”
Huffington Post
“A good old fashioned political thriller. . . . Supreme Justice is a simple pleasure. . . . An exciting and enjoyable mystery.”
The Portland Oregonian
“[An] intriguing glimpse into the inner workings of the court. As always with Margolin, roller-coaster plot propels the action along, with plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting.”
National Examiner
“Get ready for a page-turning thriller. . . . [It] will keep you guessing until the last page.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061994777
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/18/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 33,609
  • File size: 837 KB

Meet the Author

Phillip Margolin

Phillip Margolin has written eighteen novels, many of them New York Times bestsellers, including the recent Worthy Brown's Daughter, Sleight of Hand, and the Washington Trilogy. Each displays a unique, compelling insider's view of criminal behavior, which comes from his long background as a criminal defense attorney who has handled thirty murder cases. Winner of the Distinguished Northwest Writer Award, he lives in Portland, Oregon.

Good To Know

From 1965 to 1967, Margolin was a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, West Africa.

In our interview, Margolin tells us more about himself: "I have a terrific marriage -- 34 years and going strong -- two terrific children who make me proud, and I am the president of Chess for Success, a nonprofit that uses chess to build self-esteem and to trick elementary and middle school children into learning study skills that will help them do well in school. We are currently in 35 Title I elementary schools and six middle schools."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Phillip M. Margolin
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Government, American University, 1965; New York University School of Law, 1970

Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    fast-paced thriller

    In Oregon, former cop Sarah Woodruff is on death row having been convicted of killing her lover, John Finley. Her appeals are running out with her last chance being the Supreme Court. Her lawyer has filed the papers to get a delay and a hearing.

    However, there are those who do not want her plea to go before the highest court because most likely criminal activity inside the CIA will be revealed. A vacancy enables the behind scenes operatives to reject her request for a hearing. However, to anchor this position, the assassination of a justice is ordered. Private investigator Dana Cutler and law clerk Brad Miller are in the middle of preventing a Beltway murder from happening.

    The latest Cutler-Miller DC thriller (see Executive Privilege) is an ultra fast-paced tale that hooks the audience with a need to know the identity of the conspirator(s) as another Oregon death row case has ties across the country. Although much of the cast, especially the DC crowd is stereotyped out of headlines news, readers will appreciate the latest Oregonian-Beltway hook up. A Pacific Northwest private investigator and legal clerk try to prevent a travesty orchestrated on the other side of the country from happening.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

    Too confusing

    I am an avid reader of this author, but found this book hard to follow since it seemed to constantly jump from one story to another. I hoped that soon all the characters would meld and the story would become consistent, which didn't happen. Disappointing compared to his other books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

    Disappointed

    This story seemed to not move along very quickly. I found myself skipping pages and I have never done this with his previous books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

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    Supreme Silliness

    This may not be the worst book you could read as the story is interesting at different points, but the author takes it to such heights of silliness that I just couldn't take it seriously. Another reviewer pointed out that the story jumps around a lot, and that makes it hard to follow as well. So, if you are looking for something that is not intellectually challenging, then go for Supreme Justice. You'll forget about it minutes after you are finished with it, but no harm will be done. No animals will be hurt, and, if you get the e-book, no trees will have suffered needlessly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    Fast paced thriller. Sometimes I think I might have a heart atta

    Fast paced thriller. Sometimes I think I might have a heart attack from the excitement and suspense in Phillip Margolin's legal thrillers! They are nonstop, never a dull moment reading. And that's the way I like my books. Exciting and can't put down from page one!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    NOOK CITY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2013

    I enjoyed the story.  It wasn't a deep read, but that's not what

    I enjoyed the story.  It wasn't a deep read, but that's not what I was looking for.  A nice, quick adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Good Page Turner

    I really enjoyed this book. It does have continuing characters but it stands alone. Twist and turns of Washington DC politics, bad guys and murders! His descriptions of his characters is excellent; you get a good visual of what the people look like. I'd recommend this!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Very entertaining

    I enjoyed this book a lot. It had a good plot that felt really current, even though it was written three years ago. I'm just finishing my third Philip Margolin book and haven't yet been dissappointed.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

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    Entertaining

    This novel is an exciting thriller, a puzzling murder mystery involving a ghost ship and the President's nominee to the U.S Supreme Court. The story leads us in a twisted tale that opens more questions than answers involving a real soup mix of law enforcement officers: local police, state police, CIA, FBI, Homeland security and the U.S. Supreme court... (Hahaha it seems the only group missing is the keystone cops..:) )

    This is quite an involved story with numerous characters, plots and sub-plots weaving in and out.

    The main plot involves an attack on Felicia Moss, a Supreme Court Justice, who has the swing vote concerning a death penalty case reviewing the fate of Sara Wooddruff, a police officer, convicted of murdering her boyfriend, John Finley. When the officer's appeal reaches the top court, shadowy links begin to surface to a mysterious ghost ship and several cold case murders. Reopening the case threatens to uncork a bubbling mess hidden within the justice system.

    Private investigator Dana Cutler, FBI Agent Keith Evans and attorney Brad Miller are brought in to determine why the murder case is causing shockwaves in Washington. As they search for answers, they are forced to pull out every trick in the book, jump many hoops and cross many avenues. The result will inevitably leave a warm spot in the heart of any demanding mystery reader.

    This book is sharply written with an interesting and charming cast. Although some recurring characters from "Executive Privilege" have the lead roles, not knowing their past history did not deter my interest, the non-stop action kept me on the edge of my seat and entertained for hours.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

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    I can buy the hardback for 6.98 at b&n

    Can buy cheaper at b&n

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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