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

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  2,572 ratings  ·  182 reviews

New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin returns to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., with an exciting thriller about a ghost ship and the President's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sarah Woodruff, on death row in Oregon for murdering her lover, John Finley, has appealed her case to the Supreme Court just when a prominent justice resigns, leaving a
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Harper (first published January 1st 2010)
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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
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

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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..
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
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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
Conspiracy, filler banter, death and this story provided little in the matter of a satisfactory conclusion. 4 of 10 stars
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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.
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.
Linda Vanderbloom
I picked up this book because it looked interesting and I'm always looking for new authors. I really enjoyed it. It is filled with intrigue and the characters are real and smart. The story had lots of plot twists and a surprise ending that I did not anticipate until the very end. I have added this author to my list and will seek out more of his work. I do recommend.
Beth Bedee
This book was very good. It's sort of a sequel (or at least contains the same major players) to Executive Privilege, but I enjoyed this one more. I really like the insight it gave into the Supreme Court and the workings of appellate courts. The book really had it all: murder, conspiracy, detective investigations, law. There were multiple twists and turns that kept me guessing until the climax. At the beginning, I was wondering how all the story lines could possibly be connected. It was an "ah-ha ...more
Jeff J.
Wasn't sure how Margolin would manage to pull together all the plot threads and characters but somehow he managed. This is a political thriller, with some legal overtones.
Ever since I listened to Wild Justice on tape on a long trip alone, I have been a big Margolin fan. This time, he weaves a tangled web of death and deceipt in the nation's capitol. Sarah Woodruff is on death row for killing her boyfriend, John Finley. Problem is, she already stood trial for his murder before. He sent a taped interview to the court saying he was alive, but couldn't come forward before. She was exonnerated, but when he turns up dead later, she is tried and convicted. She is appeal ...more
Some predictability... But a few twists that were interesting. Quite glad they left it a bit open ended... As this is a series, I'd be curious to see where it goes and what people and/or events make a reappearance.
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