Gone, But Not Forgotten

Gone, But Not Forgotten

by Phillip Margolin

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ISBN-13: 9780307813459
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/22/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 48,126
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Phillip Margolin, a practicing criminal defense attorney in Portland, Oregon, has tried many high-profile murder cases and has argued in the Supreme Court.  He was the first attorney in Oregon to use the battered woman’s syndrome as a defense in a homicide case.

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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Gone, But Not Forgotten

Chapter One

"Have you reached a verdict?" Judge Alfred Neff asked the eight men and four women seated in the jury box.

A heavy-set, barrel-chested man in his mid-sixties struggled to his feet. Betsy Tannenbaum checked the chart she had drawn up two weeks ago during jury selection. This was Walter Korn, a retired welder. Betsy felt uncomfortable with Korn as the foreman. He was a member of the jury only because Betsy had run out of challenges.

The bailiff took the verdict form from Korn and handed it to the judge. Betsy's eyes followed the folded square of white paper. As the judge opened it and read the verdict to himself, she watched his face for a telltale sign, but there was none.

Betsy stole a glance at Andrea Hammermill, the plump, matronly woman sitting beside her. Andrea stared straight ahead, as subdued and resigned as she had been throughout her trial for the murder of her husband. The only time Andrea had shown any emotion was during direct examination when she explained why she shot Sidney Hammermill to death. As she told the jury about firing the revolver over and over until the dull click of hammer on steel told her there were no more bullets, her hands trembled, her body shook and she sobbed pitifully.

"Will the defendant please stand," Judge Neff said. Andrea got to her feet unsteadily. Betsy stood with her, eyes forward.

"Omitting the caption, the verdict reads as follows: 'We the jury, being duly impaneled and sworn, do find the defendant, Andrea Marie Hammermill, not guilty…' "

Betsy could not hear the rest of the verdict over the din in the courtroom. Andrea collapsed on her chair, sobbing into her hands.

"It's okay," Betsy said, "it's okay." She felt tears on her cheeks as she wrapped a protective arm around Andrea's shoulders. Someone tapped Betsy on the arm. She looked up. Randy Highsmith, the prosecutor, was standing over her holding a glass of water.

"Can she use this?" he asked.

Betsy took the glass and handed it to her client. Highsmith waited a moment while Andrea regained her composure.

"Mrs. Hammermill," he said, "I want you to know that I prosecuted you because I believe you took the law into your own hands. But I also want you to know that I don't think your husband had the right to treat you the way he did. I don't care who he was. If you had come to me, instead of shooting him, I would have done my best to put him in jail. I hope you can put this behind you and go on with your life. You seem like a good person."

Betsy wanted to thank Highsmith for his kind words, but she was too choked up to speak. As Andrea's friends and supporters started to crowd around her Betsy pushed away from the throng to get some air. Over the crowd she could see Highsmith, alone, bent over his table, gathering law books and files. As the assistant district attorney started toward the door, he noticed Betsy standing on the fringe of the crowd. Now that the trial was over, the two lawyers were superfluous. Highsmith nodded. Betsy nodded back.

Gone, But Not Forgotten. Copyright © by Phillip Margolin. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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This gripping, page-turning crime thriller is engrossing, intelligent, and well-crafted...Gone, but Not Forgotten is a book you'll want to tell your friends about.

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Gone, But Not Forgotten 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have ever read. I came upon this book approximately 9 years ago and I'm still talking about it. I recommend it to anyone and everyone, especially those who love a good thriller like myself. I usually don't like to read a book more than once, but this one I can read over and over again. It will keep you on your toes, flipping pages and lacking sleep. You just can't wait to see what happens next. Margolin is my ultimate favorite author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book about eight years ago and forgot the title. I thought it was something to do with rose killers but to my dismay i was wrong. I finally found it and want to tell you this book is really intense. it took me 12 hours straight to read this book top find out what was going on and wished it kept on going. I would recommend this book to any whodunnit freaks out there. this book will remain 1 of my favorites forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am almost done this book, I am so intense right now , I 've never read a book this intense before!!!!!! I'll come back and right more after I'm done this book. My nerves are so intense right now!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
kept me in suspense. fast moving. will look forward to another book from this author.
JDMO64 More than 1 year ago
I love thrillers & this is one of the best thrillers I have ever read! In fact, I have reread it several times which is something I rarely do with a book. I have given away copies of this book to get my friends to read this awesome book. I have read all of Margolin's books & he never disappoints.
Mish23 More than 1 year ago
This book keep me on the edge and was very fast pace and so unforgetable, it is one I can re read! Excellent plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the only book that I have ever read that was so so intense my nervous were so on edge, I still feel so intense about this book. This is the very BEST EVER !!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was in a slump when I picked up this book shortly after it's initial paperback release and what a VERY pleasant surprise! I can list on one hand how many books I have ever read which made me feel compelled to finish as soon as I possibly could...and 'Gone, But Not Forgotten' is one of them. I am always incredibly facinated with authors who can juggle several (engrossing) plot lines at once and then seamlessly tie them together by the ending, and I have GOT to hand it to Mr. Margolin, this book does it as good as any I have ever read. As a native Oregonian, I also found the use of one of my all-time favorite cities as a backdrop an added bonus. What can I say without spoiling the plot? The bad guy did some REALLLLLY bad stuff several years ago, and due to some ingenious plotting, wasn't convicted of any of it...jump ahead a few years to Portland, Oregon where the SAME crimes begin again, and since the police had never revealed the details to the crimes originally committed, NOBODY could have done them but our bad guy...or maybe not...? How this story unfolds and especially the ending is absolutely amazing! I would also recommend 'After Dark' and 'The Last Innocent Man' as his 2nd & 3rd runner-up best books, but after that, I haven't enjoyed his other books nearly as much...(I haven't read 'Wild Justice' YET) but as far as a whodunnit with style with a bad guy every bit as evil as Hannibal the Cannibal, but more intense, this story takes the cake. 'Gone, But Not Forgotten' has GOT to be one of my ALL-TIME favorite books, and if you even remotely enjoy murder/mystery/thrillers, this one just might become one of your favorites as well.
Anonymous 26 days ago
Highly recommend this author and book.
Cherietta on LibraryThing 8 months ago
creepy story, but a great read
LadyBlossom on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Utterly gripping, a story that chills you to the bone. Perhaps the fact that the author is a practicing criminal defense attorney may be what makes this book so frightfully real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent book, very well written. No mistakes, holes in the plots or factual errors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was full of twists and turns. It keeps you on the edge of your seat and wondering who dunnit and what happens next. A real page turner. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This guy knows how to write a super thriller! Love all of his books!
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It It didn't take me long to reach a verdict on this thrilling who-done-it novel by Phillip Margolin. I am glad I took it home with me. I can see why it made the New York Times bestseller list. I loved the sparks the novel generated in keeping me moving from page to page. It certainly kept me on the edge of my seat. It is a well-scripted fiction novel and one you cannot put down. "Gone, but Not Forgotten" will keep you spellbound. Wait until you see the ending. It is definitely worth waiting for.   Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author) "Fighting the Devil" - A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder
naruto1234 More than 1 year ago
A very good book!
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GH01 More than 1 year ago
Good plot with believable characters. Keeps you uncertain about who the killer is right up to the last chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fast reading action pack book by Mr. Margolin
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