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Supreme Justice
by Phillip Margolin
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Harper, 2010 (2010)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Author Philip Margolin has written fourteen New York Times bestsellers. With Supreme Justice, he's heading for his fifteenth.

Sarah Woodruff is on death row for the murder of her lover, John Finley. Her first trial was aborted when the man proved to be alive and well. Now Finley is truly dead, and she has been pronounced guilty. She faces death for his murder.

An appeal to the Supreme Court is pending. Now the plot gets tricky and convoluted. Pay close attention as it is worth the effort. A myriad of characters interact to reach the startling conclusion.

The author has used what I assume from his acknowledgements are facts about the CIA and the U.S. government they are disconcerting to say the least.

Supreme Justice is tightly written although readers must keep track of the timing involved. It's worth the effort. One can't help but feel compassion for Sarah, for the peril she is in through no real fault of her own. Just for playing the dating game. Makes one wonder about our own chance encounters and how we handle them.

I always enjoy Margolin's work and this is no exception although at times I felt at sea and had to backtrack. Especially when more than two of the characters' names began with the same initial. But the story is well worth the backtracking.

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