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Supreme Justice: A Novel of Suspense (Dana Cutler #2)

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,127 Ratings  ·  209 Reviews
“A master of plot and pacing—and one of those rare authors who can create a genuinely surprising ending.”

— Lisa Scottoline

“It takes a really crafty storyteller to put people on the edge of their seats and keep them there. Phillip Margolin does just that.”

Chicago Tribune

The crew from the New York Times bestseller Executive Privilege is back in another pulse-racing thrille
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Harper (first published January 1st 2010)
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Mar 17, 2011 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margolin has an annoying habit of introducing a seemingly endless cast of characters, and this book is no exception. Once he finally wades through and settles in with the characters of importance, he gives us a great tale of political intrigue. This quickly turned into a fast paced thriller with a shock ending, which was a great twist. He revisits quite a few characters from his previous book, Executive Privilege, and although it is not necessary to follow this storyline, I would recommend readi ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
3.5 Stars

A good, fast, and entertaining read about a ship full of hashish, murder, and the attempt assassination of a Supreme Court Justice to keep the details of a rogue covert CIA op from becoming public. Dennis Masterson has no qualms in what he is doing and so be it if an innocent woman, a former cop, is put to death for a murder she did not commit. The Woodruff cert must be denied at ALL costs. He has the power to go to great lengths to keep the events of the China Sea buried and will bury
Toni Osborne
Sep 24, 2011 Toni Osborne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is an exciting thriller, a puzzling murder mystery involving a ghost ship and the President’s nominee to the U.S Supreme Court. The story leads us in a twisted tale that opens more questions than answers involving a real soup mix of law enforcement officers: local police, state police, CIA, FBI, Homeland security and the U.S. Supreme court….. (Hahaha it seems the only group missing is the keystone cops….:) )

This is quite an involved story with numerous characters, plots and sub-plots
Jay Connor
I had given up on Philip Margolin after a series of particularly gruesome outings with the lead Amanda Jaffe character. This despite really enjoying his plotting and pacing in several novels beginning with his break out: "Gone, but not Forgotten."

Thank goodness from remainder tables.

While cruising a remainder table in a B&N on the West Coast, I found a hardcover of his 2010 "Supreme Justice" on sale for less the the e-version or paperback - $6.98. So, what the heck?

The book flap promised su
Dec 30, 2013 Mihir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Phillip Margolin has been a favorite of mine since I read Wild Justice back in 2001, since then he has written more books featuring the characters of Frank and Amanda Jaffe (From Wild Justice) and several other solo books as well. The thing to note over here is that Margolin doesn’t write sequels unless of course his characters fit the plot[Twisted plots are trademark of his] so with every other Amanda Jaffe book we get a solo book whic
This novel is a non-sequel to Executive Privilege in the sense that it involves at least three of the same characters: Brad Miller, private-eye Dana Cutler, and FBI agent Keith Evans, this time working on a completely different case.

The novel starts off recounting something that happened in 2006, when the captain of a ship involved in questionable activities manages to escape a takeover of the ship by bad guys. The action then jumps to 2012, when Brad Miller, a young attorney, is working as a cl
Steve Schlutow
This book I did not really care for.. After reading many of his other books, such as Gone, but Not Forgotten, Lost Lake and Fugitive among my favorites, I thought this Washington trilogy--Executive Decision, Supreme Justice, and Capital Murders kind of a let down.. Margolin has written quite a few books out of the park, Supreme Justice was not one of them, and I thought it was the worse book of the three Brad Miller and Dana Cutler books..
Jun 06, 2012 Jolene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was my least favorite of the Margolin books I've read (most of them). The character development is never great, but the storyline is usually pretty fun, with some interesting twists and turns. This one, however, seemed a bit laborious to me, and there were few surprises. When I read the end, it felt as if Margolin was tired of writing and wanted to tie everything up as simply and quickly as possible.
Paul Lyons
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Anne Martin
spoilers ahead

I don't know much more after the end of the book than after 20 pages... Who organized the whole stuff with the ship? who covered it for years claiming national security was concerned? who were the bunch of men who came minutes after the murders on the ship? how come suddenly the bad guys could not find anyone to help them when they had carloads of people before? if the hash was still in the boat, who paid whom with $250,000? Nothing makes sense, because the book must have been writ
Feb 04, 2015 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Conspiracy, filler banter, death and this story provided little in the matter of a satisfactory conclusion. 4 of 10 stars
Aug 19, 2012 Carrie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tried to read this as something to do on the plane when I finished my other books, but it couldn't hold my interest.
Cathy Jarvis
Feb 25, 2015 Cathy Jarvis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where do I begin....I enjoyed the plot twists and the sub plot twists. However....this book had just about everyone in law enforcement and the court systems thrown in so that at times it was quite difficult to know where I was and who belonged to what organization. There was local police from several jurisdictions all over the map, CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, private law firms, several Prosecuting Attorney's Offices not to mention the "main" US Supreme Court. The ending was a surprise but it di ...more
JoAnn Ainsworth
Aug 12, 2015 JoAnn Ainsworth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kept me glued to the pages.
Sep 24, 2013 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin.

I really enjoyed this story, subtitled as Dana Cutler #2. I actually started with Cutler #3 then went back and read the first two. Margolin often gives his characters a "rest" by writing a couple of books with them then going to a new set of characters then coming back to a previous set. Dana Cutler, and I hope Brad and Ginny Miller, is in "Sleight of Hand".

Margolin weaves several storylines that seem to have nothing to do with each other then brings them to
Margo Tanenbaum
May 02, 2010 Margo Tanenbaum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, legal
Supreme Justice is a sequel to Executive Privilege, which I hadn't read. This book can be picked up without having read the earlier novel. Supreme Justice is a fast-paced legal thriller with plenty of action, reminding me of some of the early works of John Grisham. The plot, in which men at the pinnacle of power conspire to murder Supreme Court justices in order to protect their not-so-clean past, was not entirely believable, unless you're a firm believer in conspiracy theories in Washington pol ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
This was a new author for me...and I was delighted to find him. He's been a defense attorney for some years and lives in Portland (Oregon). Great writing!! - Brad Miller is enjoying his time in Washington D.C. As a clerk for one of the justices on the Supreme Court. Suddenly he finds himself involved in a case with his judge that is perplexing, to say the least. Sara Woodruff, a police officer on death row in Oregon, has appealed her case to the Supreme Court; but there seems to be an element of ...more
Laura Ruetz
I found this to be an average legal thriller. This book was interesting, but not so much that I would read it again. It passed the time and was a passable legal thriller with some exciting moments but overall, there was not very much to grab at you and pull you in. For a quick read, it is a decent book but if you are expecting an in-depth legal thriller, this is not it. It only scratches the surface of what it could have been.
Therese B
Mar 13, 2016 Therese B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read this book but listened to it on CD. There were so many characters in this story that it was very hard to flollow but it was a good story with lots of intrique about Chief Justice of the supreme court. She is a black woman and someone attempted to kill her because she was not going to vote along with the other justices. A lot of people chase the reason for the attempt and that is the jist of the story.
Carrie Hinkel-Gill
This was one of the harder books for me to get through. In fact, I almost didn't finish it, but I slogged on, hoping it would get better. Well, it didn't.

It's not really a bad story, it's just that that's all it is, a story. I could not make an emotional attachment to anything - characters or plot. I just didn't care. The ending wasn't really emotionally satisfying as far as I'm concerned.

Unlike many stories I've read before this one, I felt like I was an outsider, not even someone there for th
Jan 26, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brad Miller is a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Felicia Moss. His wife Ginny is a lawyer for a big D.C. firm. Brad thinks something is wrong when two of Justice Millard Price's clerks ask him about what happened during the morning conference. These conferences are meant to be private and no one other than the Justices themselves know what happens. He brings his observations to Justice Moss and she also had a bad feeling. Justice Price tried to push through a decision to not hear the case of ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Dale rated it liked it
A death row case, the Supreme Court and Homeland Security politics come together in Supreme Justice. The central question of the death row case is does the government have the right to withhold information deemed to be important to national security in a murder trial? In the case featured in the story, Sara Woodruff is a police officer on death row for killing her former lover. She denies any involvement and points the finger at suspected connections with the CIA and Homeland Security. She is su ...more
Mar 16, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
A great Court Mystery Thriller. This novel was a real page turner and I couldn't put it down until the end. The best part about this mystery is that I didn't figure out the ending and had to wait until the very end to find out what really happened and I have to admit I was pretty surprised. I wouldn't say that the ending really blew my hair back or that it was just so unbelievable that I didn't see it coming but I didn't figure it out and I was genuinely surprised and in my book that is an excel ...more
David Wert
Aug 02, 2015 David Wert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been wanting to find another author to read whose writing abilities matched those of some of my other favorites (Silva, Thor, Coes, Jacobsen, Berry, etc.). I was not the least bit disappointed and thoroughly enjoyed this book and the story with a ton of twists and turns that were very unexpected.
I am looking forward to reading more stories from this author.
Jan Prucnal
2.5 stars ( I couldn't justify 3.*). I've enjoyed his other books, for the most part. This one had some dialogue that seemed
to be written by someone else....dull conversations and much repitition. Then, the ending was abrupt. Huh, what actually
happened? s a very readable book, but don't put it at the top of your list.
May 10, 2011 Bob rated it really liked it
Sara Woodruff is a police detective who was charged with murdering her boy friend but was freed when the judge in the case found a DVD on his desk showing that the friend was still alive. Later when the friend is found dead Sara is charged again and convicted when the defense is stymied by Federal agents claiming National Security for the suppression of evidence that might have freed her. Meanwhile at the Supreme Court, Justice Felicia Moss is holding up on a vote to hear Sara’s appeal and is at ...more
Jun 16, 2010 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The well plotted book starts in Oregon with the killing of the crew of a docked freighter, the escape of the ship's captain, local police told to cover up the incident by federal agents, and one police officer who decides to keep some fingerprint evidence. The plot shifts to Washington D.C. several years later and the supreme court who is considering whether to hear a case of a twice convicted Portland police officer who was denied evidence in her trials under the confidentiality laws protecting ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it
Margolin is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I love the way he writes female characters. He doesn't make them stupid, or helpless, or in desperate hunt for a man. Dana Cutler is a badass and a fantastic character. I was already loving this book and the little twist at the end put it over the top. Can't wait to read the next one.
Harry Lane
3.5 stars. Brad Miller wants nothing more than a hum-drum life, but gets involved in a government conspiracy. Dana Cutler to the rescue once more, with some assistance from an assortment of ancillary characters (some of whom are quite interesting on their own merits.) Margolin writes an excellent read.
Jul 02, 2014 Leona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Moderately intriguing story of power, spies and investigative work. The bad guy was known early, so the story was more about how the 'good guys' were going to 'win'. I didn't like the twist at the end, because I felt mislead by the writing.

Multiple third person POV, past tense.
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