The Associate

The Associate

by Phillip Margolin

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ISBN-13: 9780061983863
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 291,259
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Phillip Margolin's compelling insider's view of criminal mind comes from his unique background as a longtime criminal defense attorney. Each of his seven novels to date has been a New York Times bestseller, including Wild Justice and Gone, but Not Forgotten. He is an avid chess player and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


B.A. in Government, American University, 1965; New York University School of Law, 1970

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Chapter One

The headlight beams of Dr. Sergey Kaidanov's battered SAAB bounced off a stand of Douglas firs then came to rest on the unpainted wall of a one-story, cinderblock building buried in the woods several miles from downtown Portland. As soon as Kaidanov unlocked the front door of the building the rhesus monkeys started making that half-cooing, half-barking sound that set his nerves on edge. The volume of noise increased when Kaidanov flipped on the lights.

Most of the monkeys were housed in two rooms at the back of the building. Kaidanov walked down a narrow hall and stood in front of a thick metal door that sealed off one of the rooms. He slid back a metal sheet and studied the animals through the window it concealed. There were sixteen rhesus monkeys in each room. Each monkey was in its own steel mesh cage. The cages were stacked two high and two across on a flatcar with rollers. Kaidanov hated everything about the monkeys -- their sour, unwashed smell, the noises they made, the unnerving way they followed his every move.

As soon as Kaidanov's face was framed in the window, the monkey two from the door in the top cage leaped toward him and stared him down. Its fur was brownish gray and it gripped the mesh with hands containing opposable thumbs on both arms and legs. This was the dominant monkey in the room and it had established its dominance within three weeks even though there was no way it could get at the others.

Rhesus monkeys were very aggressive, very nervous, and always alert. It was bad etiquette to look one in the eye, but Kaidanov did it just to show the little bastard who was the boss. The monkey didn't blink. It stretched its doglike muzzle through the mesh as far as it could, baring a set of vicious canines. At two feet tall and forty pounds, the monkey didn't look like it could do much damage to a one-hundred-and-ninety-pound, five-foot-eight male human, but it was much stronger than it looked.

Kaidanov checked his watch. it was three in the morning. He couldn't imagine what was so important that he had to meet here at this hour, but the person whose call had dragged him from a deep sleep paid Kaidanov to do as he was told, no questions asked.

Kaidanov needed caffeine. He was about to go to his office to brew a pot of coffee when he noticed that the padlock on the dominant monkey's cage was open. He must have forgotten to close it after the last feeding. The scientist started to open the door but stopped when he remembered that the key to the monkey rooms was in his office.

Kaidanov returned to the front of the building. His office was twelve by fifteen and stuffed with lab equipment. A small desk on casters stood just inside the door. it was covered by a phone book, articles from research journals, and printouts of contractions that the monkeys experienced during pregnancy. Behind the table was a cheap office chair. Along the walls were metal filing cabinets, a sink, and a paper towel dispenser.

Kaidanov walked around the desk. The coffeepot was sitting on a table alongside a centrifuge, scales, a rack of test rubes, and a Pokémon mug filled with Magic Markers, pens, and pencils. Above the table was a television screen attached to a security camera that showed the front of the building.

The pot of coffee was almost brewed when Kaidanov heard a car pull up and a door slam. On the television a figure in a hooded windbreaker ran toward the lab. Kaidanov left his office and opened the front door. The scientist peered at the hooded face and saw two cold eyes staring at him through the slits in a ski mask. Before he could speak, a gun butt struck his forehead, blinding him with pain. Kaidanov collapsed to the floor. The muzzle of a gun ground into his neck.

"Move," a muffled voice commanded. He scrambled to his knees and a booted foot shoved him forward. The pain in his face brought tears to his eyes as he crawled the short distance to his office.

"The keys to the monkey rooms."

Kaidanov pointed toward a hook on the wall. Seconds later a blow to the back of his head knocked him unconscious.

Kaidanov had no idea how long he had been out. The first thing he heard when he came to were the hysterical shrieks of terrified monkeys and the sound of cages crashing together. The scientist felt like a nail had been driven into his skull, but he managed to struggle into a sitting position. Around him filing cabinets had been opened and overturned. The floor was littered with gasoline-drenched paper, but that was not the only object doused in gasoline -- his clothing, face, and hands reeked of it. Then the acrid smell of smoke assailed his nostrils and his stomach turned when he saw the shadow of flames dancing on the wall outside his office.

Fear dragged Kaidanov to his knees just as his assailant reentered the office holding the gun and a five-gallon can of gas. Kaidanov scurried back against the wall, much the way the more docile monkeys skittered to the back of their cages whenever he entered the monkey room. The gas can hit the desk with a metallic thud and Kaidanov's assailant pulled out a lighter. Kaidanov tried to speak, but terror made him mute. Just as the lid of the lighter flipped open, an insane shriek issued from the doorway. An apparition, engulfed in flame, eyes wide with panic and pain, filled the entrance to the office. The dominant monkey, Kaidanov thought. It had been able to force open its cage door because Kaidanov had forgotten to secure the padlock.

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twiggyann More than 1 year ago
The story had enough twists that I never quite knew the solution to the mystery ahead of time. I first read one of Margolin's books when I downloaded it free. What a great way to hook a new reader. Off to purchase book 3 of his.
mktgyr More than 1 year ago
This is a really intriguing book. I found myself not wanting to put it down. I have read at least 4 other Phillip Margolin books. His books are always intriguing, suspenseful and can't put them down GOOD!! You will not be disappointed. There are Characters in his books that go from one book to the next. The continuation is very nice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not a great reader, I've only started enjoying books in the past year or so. So I'm not the best person to tell you what to read. All I know is that this book really grabbed my interest, And it helped me to really start enjoying reading again.
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BJ60 More than 1 year ago
This was my second read by this author. I was looking for something new and different. I was please with the storyline and the characters. I will continue to read his books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good Story Line! Lots of interesting twists. My only advice is not to start reading this book at night if you have to go to work in the morning like I did.
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I read the associate in less than 6 hours.. and all I can say is WOW!!!! Many twists and turns and definetely worth the money.. Looking forward to many more great reads!
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Daniel Ames has a great job at Reed, Briggs-one of Portland¿s most prestigious firms, making more money than he ever could have imagined, but all that is about to change. Aaron Flynn enters Daniel¿s office and presents him with a suit being filed against Reed¿s biggest client, Geller Pharmaceuticals. The suit is naming Geller as the sole party responsible for manufacturing a drug that is causing birth defects in newborn babies. Daniel doesn¿t believe there is any merit to the allegation, so he begins an investigation, what he finds will shock him! Shortly after Daniel stumbles upon evidence of murder, and a cover-up involving Geller, he is fired from his job, and blacklisted from the law community. Several hours after being fired, Arthur Briggs, the man that did the firing, is dead, and Daniel ends up arrested. With the help of Kate Ross, and Amanda Jaffe (the star of `Wild Justice¿), Daniel races to clear his name, and in the process will uncover a trail of secrets that lead to a series of unsolved kidnappings from seven years earlier, secrets that someone is willing to kill to keep from being found out. `The Associate¿ is another UP-ALL-NIGHT-READ from suspense master Phillip Margolin. From page one, the carefully constructed plot grabs the reader by the throat and doesn¿t let go. Combining explosive legal thrills, cutting edge medical science, and heart stopping suspense `The Associate¿ achieves it¿s goal of being a scary, pulse quickening, entertaining read that will fly up the bestseller list¿s. After seven blockbuster bestsellers, Phillip Margolin has done it again¿he made this reviewer lose a night¿s sleep. A MUST read! Nick Gonnella
wesner24 on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This book captured my attention from page 1 - I couldn't put it down. A prestigious law firm tries to uncover the truth behind a pharmaceutical company's manufacturing of a drug that may be causing unimaginable birth defects. If you like a good legal thriller- I highly recommend this book or any book by author Philip Margolin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am thinking its a little older book but really enjoyed it
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Not his best book
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With the help of her dying father, Ashley Spencer manages to escape from the man who invaded her home and killed Norman Spencer and her best friend, Tanya Jones. The police believe that it is the work of a serial killer, whose modus operandi is to enter the homes of families with teenaged daughters, where they are tortured and slaughtered before he ventures on into the kitchen for a midnight snack. But when the killer shows up at Ashley¿s new school, a private academy miles away from her hometown, Ashley knows that what happened in her home was not random. The murderer is determined to destroy Ashley and the worst part of it is that she doesn¿t know who she has to run from and why she needs to hide. The story jumps to five years later, when Ashley is forced to come out of hiding to return to Oregon with a truth that will shock those involved ¿ and place her in a vulnerable position where the killer is likely to strike. Philip Margolin conjures a tour de force of character and plot guaranteed to make you squirm in your seat ( or in your bed) as you race through the pages. Readers may have their suspicions as they are introduced to a myriad of characters the rich and powerful Van Meters, the has-been writer Joshua Maxfield who is in need of a new best seller, the unruly Randy Coleman who feeds on his wife, Casey Van Meter¿s wealth, and the attentive as well as attractive lawyer, Jerry Phillips, who captures the heroine¿s heart. But Margolin cleverly depicts these fictitious players, making them out to be believable and misleading, and readers will have to bite their nails to refrain themselves from yanking on the last page. This offering is guaranteed to bring you to an ending that is unexpected, leaving you with the fear that evil can lurk behind a compassionate and kindly demeanour.