Executive Privilege (Dana Cutler #1)
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...more
Phillip Margolin writes really good airport novels. While Thomas Pynchon need not worry about h...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
However, while HZ started off with the discovery of a kidnapped boy and a pr...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Executive Privilege follows two main storylines; one of private detective/ex-cop Dana Cutler and the other of new attorney Brad Miller. At first I found it hard to follow as I couldn't imagine what the two storylines had in common.
Dana Cutler is hired to do a simple...more
Twists and turns pleasantly, with nothing too shocking. Written in a clear, easy manner with all your thriller tropes (redemption, over detailing, showing off inside knowledge of the way things work). Would read more, but won't be hunting the author down.
The story was well paced, and I liked the different angles to the mystery that came together - the despicable president and his loyal henchman, the tough-as-nails private detective on the run for her life, the cowardly but sincere attorney with his more adventurous colleague, and the FBI agents... all in search of the truth.