Proof Positive (Amanda Jaffe Series #3)

Proof Positive (Amanda Jaffe Series #3)

by Phillip Margolin
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Proof Positive (Amanda Jaffe Series #3) by Phillip Margolin

New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin returns with a shocking and enthralling thriller about the way CSI evidence can be misused by a killer with his own twisted sense of justice.

doug Weaver is a defense attorney who believes the best of his clients, and Jacob Cohen, on trial for murder, is no exception. Yet Bernard Cashman, a forensic expert at the Oregon State Crime Lab, finds evidence that indisputably connects Cohen with the crime.

Frustrated and confused, Doug consults Amanda Jaffe, star of Margolin's spine-tingler Wild Justice. Amanda and her father, Frank, are working on a case that seems completely unrelated: gangster Art Prochaska is accused of murdering an informer. When Amanda starts looking too closely at the seemingly air-tight evidence in these two apparently unconnected cases, people start to die — and she discovers that a madman with the power to alter the truth is on the loose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060735067
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/31/2007
Series: Amanda Jaffe Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 130,426
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Phillip Margolin has written nineteen novels, many of them New York Times bestsellers, including his latest novels Woman with a Gun, 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.

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

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

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Proof Positive 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to have many, assorted, advance reader's copies to read this summer. I would have to say this has been my favorite. Very creative, wonderfully written... my only complaint is based on happenings toward the end of the book. Some steps taken by a lead character and the villain weren't really plausible. Well, to be fair.. I guess a villain can/will do what ever he wants..but, knowing that a madman is a madman wouldn't a seemingly smart individual make some decisions based on that??? I don't want to give anything away! Keep up with the details, this author really ties everything up nicely in the end. I hope my grumpy complaint doesn't deter you from reading this. It is worth your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down, wished it had been longer, read it in a day and a half.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oregon state crime lab forensic expert Bernie Cashman is the recognized expert, a magician who seems to conjure up the impossible PROOF POSITIVE that sends many suspects to jail. He is the best at insuring a conviction. However, there is one slight drawback to Bernie¿s methodology. He has no moral compunction to faking the evidence that sends those he believes are guilty to prison. No one realizes that Bernie has become judge and jury as his results has made him the centerfold for those tough on crime. --- However, his lesser colleague Mary Clark stumbles on Bernie¿s rigging the proof. Used to being adulated as a God, an irate Bernie knows he must rid the world of this do-gooder, but also needs a culprit, whom he finds in unhinged Jacob Cohen, to take the fall. Oregon defense attorney Amanda Jaffe takes on homeless Jacob as her client. His case though not related in any sense to another still seems familiar with the link being Bernie. Amanda investigates not realizing that this CSI is willing to kill anyone who tries to kick him off his pantheon perch on the top of Mount Olympus. --- In many ways Bernie stars in this crime thriller as his fascinating in a macabre way actions and rationalizations are the focus of the tale even more so than Amanda is. Amanda remains an intriguing protagonist (see TIES THAT BIND and WILD JUSTICE) as her personal problems simmer (thank goodness) in the background. Using a macabre twist on the CSI adulation theme, Phillip Margolin provides a Hitchcockian thriller that readers will relish. --- Harriet Klausner
LisaDunckley More than 1 year ago
Phillip Margolin's books are generally good, and this is no exception. I like legal thrillers, and this one has lots of twists and an exciting ending. Two attorneys, Doug Weaver and Amanda Jaffe, both have clients that are being charged with crimes that they may not be guilty of. They find that the cases may be connected and they join forces to solve the crimes themselves. The crime scene investigators themselves may be part of the crime.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
I am running behind on my reviews, and had to reread the blurb online to remind myself what this book was about. That statement summarizes my opinion of the book – it held my interest at the time, but was quickly forgotten when I’d reached the end. It was neither so good nor so bad as to leave a lasting impression in my memory. (At least it left enough of an impression that the brief reminder was enough to bring the highlights back to mind!) RATING: As middle of the road 3 stars as you can get.
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GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Fans of forensic fiction, don't miss this one. With his 12th novel and the third featuring Portland attorney Amanda Jaffe, former criminal defense attorney Phillip Margolin paints a suspenseful, disturbing picture of what can happen to crime scene evidence. With a narrative episodic in nature Margolin captures readers at the outset and holds them in thrall until the final page. Defense attorney Doug Weaver isn't having a particularly good day. He has had to witness death by lethal injection of one of his clients, Raymond Hayes. Accused of killing his widowed mother, it doesn't take the jury long to exact the death penalty. Doug believes in his client's innocence, and feels he messed up the defense. Seeing Raymond put to death is more than he can handle. This same death is a time for jubilation for crime scene investigator Bernard Cashman. Receiving a telephone call notifying him of the death and thanking him for his testimony 'that nailed Hayes' made Cashman's chest swell with pride. This was, indeed, an occasion, his testimony had now put three men on death row, and he kept a scrapbook of his achievements. To celebrate he 'uncorked a bottle of La Grande Dame 1979' and then prepared a blini spread with banned Caspian Sea beluga caviar. Next, we're introduced to Vincent Ballard, a junkie, who supports his habit by spying for Portland drug lord, Martin Breach. When Ballard is found dead, Cashman is one of the first on the police protected scene. Attorney Frank Jaffe owes Breach, so he doesn't hesitate to defend one of Breach's men who is accused of the junkie's murder. Doug Weaver's luck seems to improve when he frees Jacob Cohen, a homeless evidently delusional man, who has been charged with failing to register as a sex offender. But his good fortune soon runs out when Cohen is arrested for the brutal murder of a woman. Margolin ties all of these threads together with the skill of a surgeon, while presenting shocking details of forensic evidence and the horrifying plotting of a deranged mind. Another can't-put-down thriller from Margolin. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got an advanced readers copy of this book and loved it. It has alot of twists and turns and I loved the characters. Great beach book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. He never disappoints me.