Worthy Brown's Daughter

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Worthy Brown's Daughter by Phillip Margolin, Jonathan Davis

Matthew Penny, a young lawyer, arrives on the frontier with nothing but shattered dreams. Unable to face the memories that await back home, he joins the handful of lawyers practicing in Portland, Oregon—which in 1860 is just a riverfront town in a state less than a year old. Worthy Brown, a slave from Georgia, journeys west with his master, Caleb Barbour, who promises to reward Worthy and his daughter, Roxanne, with their freedom if they help him establish a homestead in Oregon. When Barbour reneges on his pledge, Worthy's hope for a fresh start with his child is destroyed.

The fates of these desperate men intertwine in a breathtaking narrative about the extent of evil and the high price of true justice. Matthew and Worthy decide to challenge Barbour in court, but events rapidly spiral out of their control and the stakes become higher than either of them ever could have imagined. And when Matthew crosses paths with Heather Gillette, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy Portland businessman, his grief-stricken existence is turned upside down, and suddenly he has everything to fight for. Worthy Brown's Daughter is a compelling white-knuckle drama about two broken men risking everything for what they believe in.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062310996
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 8
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Phillip Margolin has written seventeen New York Times bestsellers, including his latest, 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


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

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Worthy Brown's Daughter 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
In the early 1980's lawyer Phillip Margolin stumbled upon a case from an Oregon file dated 1844. The case stayed with him over the years and "I was so inspired by this story that I began thinking about writing a novel loosely based on it." Nearly thirty years later, he did. Margolin's latest release is Worthy Brown's Daughter. Matthew Penny, a young lawyer in mid 1880's Oregon, is hired by former slave Worthy Brown. His master freed Worthy, but reneged on his promise to also free Worthy's young daughter Roxanne. Penny takes the case. Margolin also mixes in a secondary storyline involving a crooked judge and a gold digger. The two plots do have a connection - the headstrong woman who captures Penny's interest. I chose to listen to Worthy Brown's Daughter. The reader was Jason Culp. Culp has a clear speaking voice that is easy to listen to. He does provide lots of inflection, accenting actions and emotions. But I did have a hard time with the voices he provided for some characters - notably the females and black characters. They seemed overdone and overwrought. But this could simply be the dialogue that Culp is reading from. I thought some of Margolin's scenes and dialogue were over sensationalized. This detracted from what was otherwise a solid storyline. Margolin has done his research - the legal system of the time is accurately portrayed. It was fascinating to think that this was an actual case. From the publisher's website: "Worthy Brown's Daughter is a compelling white-knuckle drama about two broken men risking everything for what they believe in." Not quite for this listener. I found it to be entertaining, but nowhere near white-knuckle territory. Margolin is a prolific author, having penned many legal thrillers. Fans of James Patterson would enjoy Margolin's style of writing.
gedCA More than 1 year ago
"Law was like that. Victory and elation one minute, and crushing defeat the next."—page 41 WORTH BROWN'S DAUGHTER, by Phillip Margolin is a very entering read—an exceptionally well told historical novel, with a lawyerly twist. Set in the exciting city of Portland, during Oregon's first year of statehood, 1860, with side junkets to the glittering city of San Francisco and its nefarious Barbary Coast, this novel is a special treat for fans of the history of the western edge of the country. Recommendation: Highly recommended for all who might be interested in history, law and/or culture; and to those, who just enjoy good, engaging, illuminating storytelling. "…then he would be forced to admit that he had destroyed his reputation and career for the delusions and criminal ambitions of a madwoman."—page 236 NOOKbook edition, 283 pages
birdieman More than 1 year ago
About as plain Jane as you can get in a story. Reminded me of the old black and white TV oaters. Good book for a young teenager.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable story left me disappointed since I usually enjoy Margolin' s books
lindagrammer More than 1 year ago
Thought it was slow at first but then was very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned so much of our history from this book
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She twirls around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
* come here to chat if u r a policeman. *
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No. I cant do this. Goodbye nat