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Executive Privilege (Dana Cutler #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  4,339 ratings  ·  480 reviews
When private detective Dana Cutler is hired to follow college student Charlotte Walsh, she never imagines the trail will lead to the White House. But the morning after Walsh's clandestine meeting with Christopher Farrington, President of the United States, the pretty young coed is dead—the latest victim, apparently, of a fiend dubbed "the D.C. Ripper."

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Paperback, 480 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Harper (first published April 1st 2008)
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Executive Privilege is what some would call an airport novel or, a little less kind, a potboiler. Before you take that as a criticism, let me comment that there is a important need for potboilers. Man can not live on Pynchon alone. Sometime we need to escape into a world where good and bad is tightly defined, the sex is sleazy, and everything is wrapped up in a neat if ridiculously implausible package.

Phillip Margolin writes really good airport novels. While Thomas Pynchon need not worry about h
Kevin Allmaras
First of the series with Brad Miller and Dana Cutler. Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Good introduction of characters, nice plot line that keeps you guessing and plenty of action. A real page turner. The story starts out as a young college student is murdered and is mutilated like a victim of a notorious serial killer. Dana Cutler an ex-cop turned private eye has been hired by an unnamed client to follow the young woman when she tracks her to a private home that has high security she starts takin ...more
Adrian McCarthy
It's not a bad book, it just wasn't for me. I don't care for the style of writing; there's far to much telling instead of showing. I don't want a three paragraph backstory interrupting the action every time we meet a new character. There were too many point of view characters to really identify with anyone. The plot held no surprises. You immediately know who the good guys are, who the bad guys are, and the story just sort of plays out without anyone facing any real challenges. I never once felt ...more
Una Tiers
This was a great book, the blood and gore precluded me from giving it five stars. The pace is terrific. Characters are a little shallow. The author keeps you guessing until the surprise ending.
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Caitlin O'Sullivan
The President of the United States is linked to the murders of two young women by a junior lawyer and a private detective, triggering a race against time as ruthless elements connected to the president attempt to destroy evidence and the Good Guys attempt to find it and bring the killer to justice.

As other GoodReaders have noted, this is an airport novel: twist-and-turn-y enough to keep your attention, but not so complicated that it ever risks confusing the reader. I'd be happy to give it three
Jan 16, 2009 Stacey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stacey by: Amy
This book is super exciting and definitely a page turner, or in my case, next disc please! I enjoyed it so much I listened to it a second time before returning it to the library.
This is the kind of book that would make an awesome movie only we all know it would be mutilated since books are always better than the movies!
Dana Cutler is an ex-cop turned PI after a horrible personal experience. Dana is hired by a DC attorney to tail Charlotte Walsh, a teenage campaign volunteer and college student
I'll admit that after finishing this work I was scratching my head. It wasn't the "mystery" element of the book the cause this condition -- instead, I was perplexed at how the author managed to make an interesting concept into a pretty boring mystery book.

Now I won't brag that I'm a great intellect nor did I expect a tour de force novel. But I figured out "who-dunit" in the first quarter of the book so the only real remaining suspense was how the author was going to pad the book for the balance
Although I'm not the largest fan of legal thrillers, Phillip Margolin has always managed to grab my attention. I became hooked when I read Sleeping Beauty (2004) which, despite the various negative reviews I've read on it, was actually very, very suspenseful and unpredictable.

Executive Privilege features scandal in the White House; in which young girls turn up dead after having "relations" with the President of the United States. When tough-girl, private investigator Dana Cutler witnesses a secr
Very strange - I couldn't get into this book despite all the action. It just didn't grab me. There was just something about it that struck me as...I don't know pedestrian maybe? But here's the strange thing, one quarter of the way into a book that's not grabbing me, I pick up Hostage Zero by John Gilstrap and am hooked almost right from the start even though both are from the same genre, political thriller/action story.

However, while HZ started off with the discovery of a kidnapped boy and a pr
Dana Cutler, a former cop turned private eye, is asked to follow a young college student. After taking pictures of her at a farmhouse and being chased by armed guards the college student is killed by a serial killer. Later Dana is amazed when her pictures showed the college student met with the President. Meanwhile, across the country, Brad Miller, a young associate at a Oregon law firm is handling the appeal of a serial killer who is adamant about the one murder he didn't commit. It is the murd ...more
Jay Deb
A nicely plotted novel, no doubt. A woman PI is the main protagonist who does all sorts wired things once she uncovers that the president might be involved in murder of a teenager. Story moves on to another teenager's murder by apparently a serial killer. Guess who is the real murderer?
A young lawyer uncovers the truth about second murder and stumbles upon a third murder. The president does things that, for me, fails the plausibility test.
Lot of action, as CIA agents etc try to wipe the murder
Scott Welch
Political conspiracy? Perhaps...

Welcome to Dana Cutler's world and, oh, what a world it is. Dana lives in DC. She was a cop, a bit damaged, and is now a PI. So, what could be the big deal with Cutler surveilling a college co-ed who works on a political campaign? Plenty, especially after the co-ed is found dead. To complicate matters, add in Brad Miller, a new attorney from Portland, who is assigned a pro bono case of someone on death row who reveals a huge political bombshell.

There you have it.
I liked Executive Privilege at first. I really did. The plot itself was compelling. Then there was something missing among its pages. Perhaps it was the believability factor. I have trouble with stories where a single character thwarts ex-military personnel, especially when the character is a female and those she comes up against are more than one at a time with no evidence of her training. Her backstory is even less believable when she comes up against a group of crazed motorcyclists. Her wond ...more
When private detective Dana Cutler is hired to follow college student Charlotte Walsh, she never imagines the trail will lead to the White House. But the morning after Walsh's clandestine meeting with Christopher Farrington, President of the United States, the pretty young coed is dead—the latest victim, apparently, of a fiend dubbed "the D.C. Ripper."

A junior associate in an Oregon law firm, Brad Miller is stunned by the death row revelations of convicted serial killer Clarence Little. Though L
Jay Jessmer
I enjoyed the story well enough, predictable as it was, but something about the writing style rubbed me wrong.I can't really put my finger on it, it just felt somewhat basic, for lack of a better word. I couldn't really connect with any of the players at all. Very little character development and spotty back stories for most of them. It made me feel like I had missed a previous novel, but upon further review, this appears to be the first in a series featuring Dana Cutler.
I couldn't get any typ
I’ve read 3 previous books by Phillip Margolin and I will say this. While he has never been one of my favorite authors, I’ve always enjoyed his novels. His books are not GREAT, but good, sometimes very good. I’ve never not finished reading a Margolin book, never lost interest or put it down.

Executive Privilege is, in my opinion, his BEST work. The character development is good, dialogue is realistic. The book has a perfect blend of dialogue with action and both are well written. The characters w
A private detective, a wet-behind-the-ears law firm associate, a philandering United States President and his First Lady, a couple of serial killers, a few hell-bent-on-protection agents, and a bunch of lawyers with the scruples of … well, lawyers. There are many more peripheral characters in Executive Privilege, too many, but those listed pretty much are the key players. Only a couple of the characters are well developed, in my opinion. The story is extremely creative on the part of Margolin an ...more
This was a great beach read! It kept my interest start to finish. As a matter of fact, it was a real page-turner for me. Even though I figured things out a good while before the ending, the author did a great job of making me want to see how he would work things out. Definitely worth my time.
This might be closer to five stars than to four. A young associate on the West Coast and a former cop on the East Coast get caught up in two separate murder investigations that possibly implicate the most powerful individuals in the land. Margolin makes the characters and their actions somewhat believable, and as the investigation continues, the author keeps your attention by throwing a few surprises in. The only reason why I'm not giving it five stars is while reading it, I felt that there were ...more
This is probably my favorite Margolin book. The story kept evolving, with more twists and turns developing throughout the story. There was never a dull moment as I find in many crime mystery books. Perhaps the greatest thing about this story is that I was never able to figure out who did it. The reader is led to believe the crimes were committed by one of several people, none of which was true at the end. The story shows that nobody is above the law, not even those in the highest of government o ...more
Not sure why I have not read this author before. I enjoyed the story and the tenacity of Dana. I will continue on in the series. 4 stars
I can't remember how this ended up on my wish list, but I'm glad it did. It's part murder mystery, part legal thriller, and all good. Usually in mysteries, all the characters run around through the whole book not accomplishing much until suddenly everything comes together at the end. I like how in this one, the characters figure things out all along the way. They were making conclusions way before I expected them to. I also liked how the story was told from shifting perspectives and how all the ...more
Nancy Baker
I received this book as one of the Free Friday books on my Nook. It has sat in my library for some time and while browing for something new to read, I opened it. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the mystery of the story (event though I had it figured out about half-way through). The book was very entertaining and follows the pitfalls when dealing with breadth of governmental arms that leave little room in which to hide. Well worth my "free" cost, but I would have enjoyed it had I paid full ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"When private detective Dana Cutler is hired by an attorney with powerful political connections, the assignment seems simple enough: follow a pretty college student named Charlotte Walsh and report on where she goes and whom she sees. But then the unexpected happens. One night, Cutler follows Walsh to a secret meeting with Christopher Farrington, the president of the United States. The following morning, Walsh's dead body shows up and Cutler has to run for her life.

In Oregon, Brad Mille
This book has been sitting in my Kindle library for at least two years, and I am just now getting around to it. It was a free download from the Kindle book store.

This book involves the mother of all conspiracies. Private investigator Dana Cutler sees the president of the United States and a young woman in an suggestive situation.That woman is later found dead, and her death may be linked to other deaths and disappearances. Cutler is caught in the in the middle and in danger as a result.

This boo
Lorin Cary
Although the premise is far fetched (you'll have to read the book to understand that) it is a fascinating reflection of certain political events and actions of certain politicians. The tale told is a grabber. Some gore, some mad action and lots of good, solid story telling laced with interesting and well-defined characters.

Dana Cutler is a former police officer, now a private investigator. (There is something in her past that led to her retirement from the police force, and Margolin feeds us tid
This story started so slow I was beginning to think of giving up on the whole thing. Lucky for me, I persevered and the second half of this book made up for the first one in pacing, action, suspense, and jaw-dropping surprises.

The premise was great. The US president has a penchant for young (make that teenage) women. Which is easily hidden, he’s the president after all. But somehow all the young women the president has an affair with end up dead. But are they really random victims of serial kill
Margolin starts this book off with a prolog and commits writing sin #1 in the second paragraph on page 1: a character describing himself by looking in the mirror.

When you’re a hugely successful author like Margolin, you can get away with things like that. Mere peon writers get crucified for it.

Chapter 1, however, reveals that the prolog isn’t really a prolog. It’s more of a mid-log – a writing device to lure you into reading on to find out where in the novel the prolog really belongs. At least t
Stephen Terrell
I enjoyed this book within limits. It is fast-paced and the characters are interesting and multi-dimensional. Dana Cutler is particularly intriguing. But the plot a bit too far-fetched for my taste. If you are willing to suspend disbelief this much, you'll enjoy it.

One thing that bothered me is how long the subplots "hang" without the author returning to them. At one point I was beginning to wonder if one of the lead characters was ever going to re-appear. Another major characters with a seeming
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