Phillip Margolin, The Third Victim
Portland author Phillip Margolin returns with another gripping legal thriller, The Third Victim. In rural Oregon, two women are found dead after being tortured, battered, and burned. A third woman escapes with evidence that points overwhelmingly to a local man. When a young lawyer joins the team defending him, she uncovers corruption, lies, and secrets that threaten to shake up not only her firm but the entire town.
Margolin grew up in New York City and Levittown, New York. In 1965, he graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor's Degree in Government. From 1965 to 1967 he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. He graduated from New York University School of Law in 1970. His first job after law school took him to Oregon, as a clerk for Herbert M. Schwab, the Chief Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals. From 1972 until 1996, he was in private practice specializing in criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels. He has been writing full-time since 1996, producing more than twenty books -- including several award winners.
Margolin has been deeply involved in the development of the Chess for Success program, a non-profit charity that uses chess to teach study skills to elementary and middle school children. From 2007 to 2013 he served on the Board of Literary Arts.