Phillip Margolin

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Phillip Margolin
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New York City, New York
GenreLegal thriller
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Phillip Margolin
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New York City, New York
GenreLegal thriller

Phillip Margolin (born in 1944 in New York, New York) is a writer of legal thrillers.


Phillip Margolin was born in New York City in 1944.[1] After receiving a B.A. in Government in 1965, from American University in Washington, D.C.,[2] he worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia until 1967.[3] He graduated from the New York University School of Law in 1970,[4] and has worked for 25 years as a criminal defense attorney, an occupation of choice inspired by the Perry Mason books.[3] He started to work in 1970 at the Oregon Court of Appeals.[5]

He published his first story, a short story titled "The Girl in the Yellow Bikini", in 1974, and became a full-time writer in 1996. He has written 12 books as of January 2007. He lists as his favourite writer Joseph Conrad, and among his favourite books War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and Stone City by Mitchell Smith.[3]

Philip Margolin was married to Doreen Stamm in 1968. They had two children, Ami and Daniel. Doreen, also a defense attorney, died from cancer in January 2007.[1]

Phillip Margolin is also the president of Chess for Success, a non-profit organisation "dedicated to helping children develop skills necessary for success in school and life by learning chess".[3][6][7]


The Girl in the Yellow Bikini1974Short story in Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine
Heartstone1978HarperTorchISBN 978-0-06-073969-0
The Last Innocent Man1981HarperTorchISBN 978-0-06-073968-3The novel has been made into a HBO movie starring Ed Harris
Gone, But Not Forgotten1993DoubledayISBN 978-0-385-47002-5Translated into more than 20 languages, sold over 1.5 million copies, made into a TV mini-series in 2004 by Warner Bros. starring Brooke Shields[1] and Scott Glenn
After Dark1995DoubledayISBN 978-0-385-47548-8
The Burning Man1996DoubledayISBN 978-0-385-48053-6
Smokescreen1997Only published in Dutch as Rookgordijn, published by Meulenhoff
The Undertaker's Widow1998DoubledayISBN 978-0-385-48054-3
Angie's Delight1998Delacorte PressShort story in Murder For Revenge: turned into a 13 minute movie in 2006
The Jailhouse Lawyer1998Short story in Legal Briefs
Wild Justice2000HarperCollinsISBN 978-0-06-019624-0Amanda Jaffe Book 1
The Associate2002HarperCollinsISBN 978-0-06-019625-7Amanda Jaffe Book 2
Ties That Bind2003HarperCollinsISBN 978-0-06-008324-3Amanda Jaffe Book 3
Sleeping Beauty2004HarperCollinsISBN 978-0-06-008326-7
Lost Lake2005HarperCollinsISBN 978-0-06-073502-9
Proof Positive2006HarperCollinsISBN 978-0-06-073505-0Amanda Jaffe Book 4
Executive Privilege2008HarperCollinsISBN 978-0-06-123621-1Brad Miller Book 1
Fugitive2009HarperCollinsISBN 978-0-06-123623-5Amanda Jaffe Book 5
Supreme Justice2010HarperCollinsISBN 978-0-06-192651-8Brad Miller Book 2
Capitol Murder2012HarperCollinsISBN 978-0-06-206988-7Brad Miller Book 3
Sleight of Hand2013HarperCollinsISBN 978-0-06-206991-7Stand-alone Novel
Worthy Brown's Daughter2014HarperCollinsISBN 978-0-06-219534-0Stand-alone Novel

Awards and recognitions[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Crimezone interview from 2004 (in Dutch)
  2. ^ "Phillip Margolin Biography". American Entertainment International Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Barnes and Noble interview from 2003
  4. ^ Barnes and Noble page
  5. ^ Authorsontheweb page on Margolin
  6. ^ "Organization". ChessFor Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Chess for Success". 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 

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