Mar 6 2018 2:00pm

Phillip Margolin Audio Excerpt: The Third Victim

Phillip Margolin

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.

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Gordon Bingham
1. gordonbingham
Have enjoyed earlier titles of his and am looking forward to this one!
Carolyn Sherve
2. CWS
A Margolin audiobook, what more could you ask for?
3. labsuper
Sounds like a winner!
4. Oliviaoflove
I'd walk over glass to get a new Philip Margolin book.
7. Ivy Pittman-Outen
Another thriller I am looking for to reading!
lynette thompson
I love reading thriller's, this one sounds great.
12. professorjohn
can't wait
Teresa Young
14. tmy56
I've recently started listening to audio books while I drive for work and travel. The Third Victim has sounds intriguing.
16. Christina McComiskie
I would absolutely love to win an audiobook! Thank you for the chance!
18. michelynn
Would be the perfect way to discover a new author.
Michael Carter
19. rubydog
Yes, please enter me in this sweepstakes.
Lori Provenzano
21. Mountainesque
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!!
L Peters
23. leepcat
oh my! can't wait to hear the whole thing. thanks
Diane Chenier
25. slcrose
Would love to win a great suspense mystery audiobook.
Beth Talmage
29. wordygirl
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!
31. Hllbnt
Awesomeness. Cant. Wait. For this
vickie dailey
32. kidcurry
wow - this sounds like a great listen. Would love to have this for my next roadtrip
Deb Philippon
33. DebP
I'm looking forward to reading this one. Wish me luck!
Andrew Jensen
34. atinman
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.
39. Linda Popielski
Horribly sucked in after listening to this. It was already on my tbr list but now i want the audio too.
Wanda Johnson
40. Wjoyj
I would love to win your audiobook. Sounds wonderful,I could listen to it while I’m walking on treadmill.
pat murphy
41. pwhitby
Thank you for the introduction , sounds great !
Wanda Johnson
42. Wjoyj
I would love to win your audiobook.
43. Anita Sue Hamilton
Win will I
Alicia Sargant
45. asarge
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
Kris Kaminski
48. kjkski
I'll just have to go on a long drive!
Kris Kaminski
48. kjkski
I'll just have to go on a long drive!
49. wishbone65
Would like to win this. Thanks
Carole Knoles
52. carknol
This would be filed under “Heart Pounder”.
John Smith
53. jsmith2jsmith
This would be great to enjoy as an audiobook!
56. Erin Lee
I would love a chance to win this audiobook!
Lisa Ahlstedt
58. Lisanne624
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!
Helen Allman
59. helenallman
Intriguing beginning. Looking forward to this book.
61. CANDO7
Love audiobooks! This one sounds like a winner!
Lori Lowery
64. lori68
I can't wait to listen to the entire book!
Susan Morris
65. Samfor3
I can hardly wait for this legal thriller. Thanks for the chance to win it!
William Hamilton
69. billham68
I'm a big Phillip Margolin fan and look forward to the first book in his new series. Legal thrillers rock!
Patricia Nicklas
71. pmernick
I'm an audiobook and Phillip Margolin fan! Thanks for the giveaway
John Davis
72. John
He captures your attention not only with a suspenseful setting, but conjures up even more dread and horror with slow, careful descriptions. Well done.
Johannah Brookwell
73. Johannah
I think I would enjoy this!! Thanks for the chance!
Linda Kish
76. ljkish
This sounds exciting. I can't wait to hear more.
Rita Spratlen
78. rj77777
I would love to try an audio book and such a great story too! Count me in!!
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