Ashland, Or.  August 31, 2006

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Phillip Margolin: NYT Blockbuster Legal Thrillers


Proof Positive (2006Youíll never read a more compelling, more horrifying
legal thriller than one written by Phillip Margolin. Margolinís international reputation and unstoppable books have made the New York Times bestseller list since Heartstone defined the genre in 1978. Now read Proof Positive published 2006.


Meet Phillip Margolin at Bookwagon in Ashland on Thursday, September 14 at 7pm where he will present, "How to Write Thrillers in Your Spare Time for Fun and Profit."  No reservations are needed for this community event, but space is limited. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and refreshments will be served.


If you miss Margolin on Thursday at Bookwagon, he will sign Proof Positive at Barnes and Noble on Saturday September 16, 2:30-4:00 pm.


Phillip Margolin, the author of eleven New York Times bestsellers, returns with a griping new mystery that reveals the danger of placing crucial crime scene evidence in the wrong hands. In Proof Positive, defense attorney Amanda Jaffe, heroine of the bestselling Wild Justice and Ties that Bind, is representing an insane derelict charged with aPhillip Margolin, Author gruesome murder. Her father, Frank is the attorney for a notorious mobster charged with the murder of a junkie. Both clients claim to be innocent -- despite overwhelming forensic evidence. Is it possible that the fingerprints, trace evidence, and ballistics are not what they seem? When Amanda starts looking closely at these two apparently and unconnected and open-and-shut cases, people start to die -- and she discovers that a madman with the power to alter the truth is on the loose.


Drawing on a quarter of a century of experience as a criminal defense attorney and time spent with forensic experts, Margolin's Proof Positive gives readers an unbeatable combinatin of inside-CSI detail, plot twists, stay-up-all night suspense, and the gasp-inducing surprises that are his trademark. 


 A long-time criminal defense attorney, he lends a compelling insiderís view of criminal behavior to his stories.


Margolin graduated from American University in 1965 and went on to earn his law degree from the New York University School of Law after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. After a clerkship with the Chief Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals, he went into private practice from 1972 until 1996. As a trial attorney, Margolin practiced criminal law in state and federal courts. He argued at the United States Supreme Court, represented approximately 30 people charged with homicide, including several of whom faced the death penalty, and was the first Oregon attorney to use the Battered Womenís Syndrome to defend a battered woman accused of murdering her spouse.


Since turning to writing full-time in 1996, Margolin has penned eleven novels. Phillip Margolin first work, Heartstone, was nominated for an Edgar as the best paperback original. His second, The Last Innocent Man was made into an HBO original movie, and Gone but Not Forgotten was made into a mini-series starring Brooke Shields. In addition to novels, he has published short stories and non-fiction articles in magazines and law journals.


Margolin is the President and Chairman of the Board of Chess for Success, a non-profit charity that uses chess to teach study skills to elementary and middle school children in Title I schools. Married with two children he currently lives in Portland.

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The Ashland Mystery Readers Group also produces the cable access television show Ashland Mystery, rvtv noir, airing Wednesdays at 7:30 pm on Charter15 and AFN95. Now airing is the episode featuring Shirley Tallman, author of the San Francisco historicals featuring attorney Sarah Woolson.


For more information on local mystery and crime fiction events, contact Maureen Flanagan at 541-552-0743 or visit