Phillip Margolin Audio Excerpt: The Third Victim

The Third Victim by Phillip Margolin is the first book in a new series of legal thrillers from the “master of heart-pounding suspense” (available March 6, 2018).

Listen to the Chapter 1 of Phillip Margolin's The Third Victim, then make sure you're signed in and comment below for a chance to win an audiobook copy!

A woman stumbles onto a dark road in rural Oregon—tortured, battered, and bound. She tells a horrific story about being kidnapped, then tortured, until she finally managed to escape. She was the lucky one—two other women, with similar burns and bruises, were found dead.

The surviving victim identifies the house where she was held captive, and the owner, Alex Mason—a prominent local attorney—is arrested. Although he loudly insists upon his innocence, his wife's statements about his sexual sadism and the physical evidence found at the scene, his summer home, is damning.

Regina Barrister is a legendary criminal defense attorney, known as “The Sorceress” for her courtroom victories. But she's got a secret, one that threatens her skill, her reputation, and, most of all, her clients. And she's agreed to take on the seemingly impossible task of defending Alex Mason.

Robin Lockwood, a young lawyer and former MMA fighter, has just left a clerkship at the Oregon Supreme Court to work for Regina Barrister. The Alex Mason trial is her first big one, a likely death penalty case, and she's second chair to Regina. Increasingly, she's worried her boss' behavior and the details in the case against their client don't quite add up.

Chapter 1

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Phillip Margolin has written over twenty novels, most of them New York Times bestsellers, including Gone But Not Forgotten, Lost Lake, and Violent Crimes. In addition to being a novelist, he was a long time criminal defense attorney with decades of trial experience, including a large number of capital cases. Margolin lives in Portland, Oregon.


  1. Gordon Bingham

    Have enjoyed earlier titles of his and am looking forward to this one!

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    I’d walk over glass to get a new Philip Margolin book.

  5. Daniel Morrell

    looks like a fun one

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    Sounds like a winner!

  7. Ivy Pittman-Outen

    Another thriller I am looking for to reading!

  8. Karen Oliver

    I want to read more!

  9. Glennis LeBlanc

    Sounds great.

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    I love reading thriller’s, this one sounds great.

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    Sounds great!

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    can’t wait

  13. Susanne Troop

    Sounds like a great read!

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    I’ve recently started listening to audio books while I drive for work and travel. The Third Victim has sounds intriguing.

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    Thank you!

  21. Lori P

    Sounds like a creepy and irresistible read. Hope there’s a (relatively) happy ending.

  22. Sharon Rasmussen

    Can’t get enough of Margolin’s books! I think I’ve read all his novels. Waiting for a new book to be published is like counting down the days till Christmas!!

  23. L Peters

    oh my! can’t wait to hear the whole thing. thanks

  24. Marylynn Hayes

    I love it, I can’t wait to read!

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    Suspenseful and intriguing.

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    Captivating novel.

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  29. Beth Talmage

    It’s always satisfying to start at the very beginning of a series. Thanks for the heads up on this one!

  30. Phyllis Bernstein

    Love all of Phillip Margolin’s books. Can’t wait to read this one!

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    Awesomeness. Cant. Wait. For this

  32. vickie dailey

    wow – this sounds like a great listen. Would love to have this for my next roadtrip

  33. Deb Philippon

    I’m looking forward to reading this one. Wish me luck!

  34. Andrew Jensen

    Don’t generally listen to audio books. The internal sound track of the mind fills in the necessay voices. Theresa Plummer does a good job here. Adding a nice touch to the opening few paragraphs. Believe she adds to Phillip Margolin’s deft touch.

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    Humm! I love audio books!

  39. Linda Popielski

    Horribly sucked in after listening to this. It was already on my tbr list but now i want the audio too.

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    Thank you for the introduction , sounds great !

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  44. MaryC

    Sounds great!

  45. Alicia Sargant

    I would love to try this book out. I’ve never had an audio book before, so it will double the experience.

  46. governmentality

    Thank you for the audio book excerpt. I listen to books on my commute and this made me want to take the long way home.

  47. Coffeebean

    Definitely something I’d love to listen to

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    I’ll just have to go on a long drive!

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    sounds like a great book.

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  53. Carole Knoles

    This would be filed under “Heart Pounder”.

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    This would be great to enjoy as an audiobook!

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    I have a long commute to work and this sounds like a great way to pass the time! I’d love to give it a listen!

  60. Helen Allman

    Intriguing beginning. Looking forward to this book.

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    Great author, look forward to this.


    Love audiobooks! This one sounds like a winner!

  63. Kyle Johnicker

    Legal thriller is a great genre!

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    can’t wait to hear more

  65. Lori Lowery

    I can’t wait to listen to the entire book!

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    I can hardly wait for this legal thriller. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  67. Pat Murphy

    Can’t wait to hear more.


    Really looks good!!

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  70. William Hamilton

    I’m a big Phillip Margolin fan and look forward to the first book in his new series. Legal thrillers rock!

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    I would like to read this.

  72. Patricia Nicklas

    I’m an audiobook and Phillip Margolin fan! Thanks for the giveaway

  73. John Davis

    He captures your attention not only with a suspenseful setting, but conjures up even more dread and horror with slow, careful descriptions. Well done.

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    I would love to try an audio book and such a great story too! Count me in!!

  80. Patricia Barraclough

    I have enjoyed several of Phillip Margolin’s books and enjoyed them. I expect a good suspenseful read with a complex plot, well drawn characters, and a plot twist or two in the suspenses and mysteries I read. He has always delivered. My daughter just started law school and would enjoy this. I love geting books I can share with my daughters family.

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