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Fugitive (Amanda Jaffe #5)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  959 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Amanda Jaffe, the heroine of Wild Justice and Proof Positive, is back—in this twisting tale of international intrigue and murder that leads her deep into the past . . . and into the crosshairs of a killer.

Charlie Marsh, a petty thief and con man, becomes a national hero when he rescues the warden of a state penitentiary during a prison riot, but it doesn't take long before...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by Harper (first published June 2nd 2009)
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It was ok... not my favorite, not much that really stands out.

Amanda Jaffe, the heroine of Wild Justice and Proof Positive, is back-in this twisting tale of international intrigue and murder that leads her deep into the past . . . and into the crosshairs of a killer. Charlie Marsh, a petty thief and con man, becomes a national hero when he rescues the warden of a state penitentiary during a prison riot, but it doesn't take long before he is wanted again, suspected of killing a United States cong...more
Fugitive by Phillip Margolin.

Another good story by Margolin in the Amanda Jaffe series. Twelve years ago, at the height of the self-help guru phase, Charlie Marsh was on top of the world. Money, women and celebrity piled at his feet. Then he slept with the wrong woman, a public fight broke out and somehow the woman's husband ends up dead. Charlie flees the U.S. for an African country that doesn't have extradition rights with the U.S. Charlie knows he didn't kill the husband but the man's father...more
I have always loved this Amanda Jaffe character that Margolin has created. Attractive, smart, hard worker, honest, loyal. I've read Wild Justice and Proof Positive, and I don't think that Fugitive A Novel really lived up to those other 2.

As I mentioned, I really enjoy Amanda. So maybe one reason why I wasn't as into this book as the other 2 was because Amanda doesn't come into this book early enough for me. There was too much back story. That back story could've been a novel of itself. Maybe tha...more
Jul 21, 2009 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Legal thriller fans.
Recommended to Michael by: Read a favorable review
Charlie Marsh flees the country after Congressman Arnold Pope is shot and his wife, Sally, and Charlie are co-defendents.

Charlie moves to the African nation of Batanga since they don't have an extradition treaty to the U.S. He's living at the mercy of a sadistic dictator, Jean-Claude Baptiste. However when Baptiste finds out that Charlie is having an affair with his wife, Baptiste has the wife killed and Charlie escapes back to the U.S. Amanda Jaffe is hired to defend him.

In the second part o...more
Sigh, I've read a number of Margolin's novels over the years. Most are simply ok. Some, especially his earlier works, were quite good. He's never been a showstopper, but never been a bottom dweller either. With Fugitive, Margolin has hit an all time low. I wouldn't recommend this novel to anyone.

The story itself is interesting enough but that's its high point. Everything else is wanting. Poorly developed characters, some of whom are caricatures, think Coyote and Roadrunner. Editing...what editin...more
Good story!

When the editor-in-chief of World News magazine offers Amanda Jaffe a $500,000 retainer to defend Charlie Marsh, an ex-con turned bestselling spiritual guru, in bestseller Margolin's entertaining fourth thriller to feature the Portland, Ore., lawyer (after Proof Positive), Amanda can't say no. Marsh, who fled the country in 1997 after being accused of murdering Congressman Arnold Pope Jr., has spent the 12 years since in the African country of Batanga under the protection of its benev...more
Lots of background information about Charles Marsh to start the book and his back story is sprinkled throughout.

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Debra Daniels-zeller
I've liked other books by Phillip Margolin, and this one started out pretty exciting with the main character, Charlie Marsh excaping from the African country where he'd been living for years. He hooked me with that story, but it veered off track with backstory about an event that happened years ago. Like a sandwiched story. Come on--Margolin had me--they were fleeing from a canibal dictator with secret police, and suddenly once they're up in the air, the story goes back to the main character who...more
This book had every cliche regarding mystery novels: a womanizing murder suspect, an overconfident female attorney, a narcissistic and wealthy timber baron, a canibalistic African president, smuggled diamonds, sleezy journalist, even sleazier agent.... you name it! All of that wrapped in a plot that covered everything from murder, adultery, political intrigue and more!

Combine that all together and what do you have? The worst book I think I've ever read. It was laughably bad. If you have someone...more
Went on a Costco run to stock up for our Staycation and came home with about 5 books - lined them up then raced through this one, from the library.

I love Phillip Margolin's stuff. He clearly loves Oregon and knows the ins and outs of trial law, and generally has compelling characters and fast paced action, with plots that are not contrived or cliche-ridden. But this one just didn't do it for me.

Too weird, with the African cannibal dictator and the past relationship between frank and whats-her-n...more
Jul 09, 2009 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes mysteries or legal thrillers.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all Mr. Margolin's work.
I learned that when you are running from justice in the USA, don't go to a country run by a cannibal, even though they do not extradite fugitives. Even if I were not a fugitive, I would not want to go to Batanga.

Mr. Margolin takes a situation that is unusual, but not that unique and makes it so by twisting a few things around so that it becomes a fascinating tale. His characters are totally believable, their dialogue fits their character, and the events are perfectly plausible.

With a long list o...more
Bethany White
I enjoyed this novel for its simplicity. Most books of this genre are mile a minute, guns blazing, and possibly over stimulating. This piece emphasizes depth over sensation. The plot is well developed and the charaters are quite unique. The main character is a bit of a traveler but this is only to support the plot, as significant events happen at each location. It isn't merely to weigh the story down with superficial imagery in effort to camuoflage the lack of a true plot.I would like to learn h...more
Jill Manske
Another great Margolis read! The book takes you from an African nation run by a psychotic megalomaniac to mysterious murders to courtroom drama. The themes of revenge, lust for power and deceit transport the reader to a shadowy, yet fearfully realistic world where having power and money assure outcomes. The characters are well fleshed out, the dialog is crisp and the story telling is top rate. I liked Amanda; it's been interesting to see how she's growing and maturing into a stellar attorney ove...more
Since moving to Oregon I've been interested in books that take place in Oregon; it's interesting to read an author's description of the place I now call home. Phillip Margolin pegs it: "There were clear blue skies here, emerald green grass and a never-ending vista of trees and flowers." An accurate description and one that betrays the fact Charlie Marsh is in the cross fire of three characters after him for very different reasons. Margolin is descriptive without being boring, keeps you on your t...more
Shane Fritz
This was a fun read by a Portland (Oregon) author. I would recommend it to anyone who likes action/mystery stories.
Jeanette Lee
Guessed the who, but I loved the twist that was added to the who.
Loved the book. Kept my interest right up to the end. Excellent read.
Pam Rugg
Really good, easy summer thriller.
In this Jaffe novel she takes the case of a person who is connected to one of her father’s old cases. A former guru who was accused of killing a US Congressman and fled to Africa to avoid prosecution wants to come home. Threatened by a homicidal dictator whose country he fled too, he escapes and comes back to the US to fac justice. Can the state put a case together? Can Amanda free him? When people start to try and kill him and people associated with the case start dropping dead will he survive...more
I felt like the author described the characters well and it was an interesting story. Charlie runs to Batanga Africa so he won't be tried for murder and decides that it would be better to be tried for murder than to be where he is. A woman is murdered because of him and he finds that he can love and he ends up doing the right things. It's an interesting story, where some characters become mired in their wrong choices and others rise above them. I enjoyed reading the book and trying to figure out...more
Not a fan of the jumping back and forth in time, but overall, better than the other Amanda Jaffe novels that I've read.
Terri Fleming
Great story, even better ending!
Surprised this new book by Mr. Margolin is not on Good Reads. Was released earlier this year. I liked this story. Quick face paced and a page turner. I guessed who the real killer was but missed the killer's true identy until the end and was upset that I missed all the clues. I thought a couple of the characters actions were dumb and gullable but ... Would recommend this book as a good "summer" read and will seek out of the author's previous works.
Solid Margolin read featuring lawyer Amanda Jaffre who's offered big money to defend a former prison inmate turned guru on a murder charge. To add spice to the pot, the dude's been living in Africa under a psychotic dictator who's after him for sleeping with his wife. Also, the murder victim's wife was once involved with Amanda's father.

Some decent twists and turns but I had the final reveal figured out really early in the book. Kind of a bummer.
Ed Armstrong
I enjoy reading books that Phillip Margolin writes however, one point about his writing that I find irritating is that his characters are always the most "handsome," the most "beautiful, "at the top of his class," an "olympic athlete," "on law review." This just isn't realistic. Sure, you want your characters to memorable but you don't want them irritating your readers either. A little bit of "humaness" might be in order, Phillip.
Lisa Petrocelly
This is the 5th Margolin book I've read & he rocked once again. He's a defense attorney in real life, so really gets into the minds of the sick and twisted. Every book of his I've read, I always end up thinking "That would make an excellent movie" (if it was done well, of course) and this one was no different. He's not as well known as, say, James Patterson, but the writing is SO much better, as are the stories.
The type of reading that reminds me of fast food...enjoyable, smutty and doesn't stay with you. Good summer reading...
Done. It seemed to me that the author was trying hard to be crafty, and the ending, while not a shocker, is a bit if a surprise. It is basically a legal thriller, I guess, but it doesn't compare to the best of that genre. Not bad overall, but not really a high quality thriller.
Charlie Marsh has spent the last twelve years in exile in Batanga with Jean Claude Baptiste. This was no picnic - it was a chamber of horrors. Charlie would rather face capital punishment in Oregon before putting any more time in with Jean Claude. But, surviving to stand trial appears to be tricky business. If Jean Claude doesn't get him from overseas, his old cell mate just might.
Pretty good, engaging entertainment on audio book. Starts out with a thrilling escape from a dangerous African dictatorship, and softens into a forensic investigation with unrealistically beautiful and brainy lawyer, a beautiful victim we are supposed to care about and a really bad, rich old man. I liked the fugitive, an interestingly flawed individual but the rest of them annoyed me.
Charlie Marsh becomes a hero when he rescues a warden during a prison riot. He didn't mean to, he was only saving his own skin. Another con man talks him into writing a book about the experience and he becomes a best selling author and speaker. Then the plot thickens. Murder, mystery and romance. Quick read. OK plot. Some swearing. (344)
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