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The Perfect Alibi

(Robin Lockwood #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,252 ratings  ·  245 reviews
A young woman accuses a prominent local college athlete of rape. Convicted with the help of undisputable DNA evidence, the athlete swears his innocence and threatens both his lawyer and his accuser as he's sent to prison. Not long after, there's another rape and the DNA test shows that the same person committed both rapes—which is seemingly impossible since the man convict ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley

I have been a long time fan of Phillip Margolin. I believe I have read every book he has released! I am always guaranteed for a great light legal thriller that will keep me guessing.
He has done it again!

Robin Lockwood is a partner in a law firm in Oregon. She is able to handle all kinds of cases, from death row trials to civil law suits and everything in between. And in the course of this book you will see it all!

The only issue I had with this book was a it felt like it somewhat lacked f
Susanne  Strong
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
2.65 Stars* (rounded up)

When a young college student accuses a football player named Blaine of rape, the DNA test is irrefutable and he is imprisoned. A rising attorney named Robin Lockwood, who is a former MMA Star is hired to represent the young woman in the civil suit. When another girl is then raped by someone who has the exact same DNA as Blaine everything is questioned as Blaine does not have an identical twin and Blaine was imprisoned while the second girl was raped. What is going on?

Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A rich,good looking college football player is accused of the rape of a poor, young girl. Despite his parents wealth, he is convicted and sent to jail. This time justice prevails. But wait, a few weeks later, another girl is raped and the now incarcerated man’s DNA is found on the girl. How can that happen? How can someone be in two places at once, especially when one of the places is jail?
To complicate matters further, the young rape suspect with the help of a new lawyer is granted bail and a n
Apr 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
It's a good thing this cloddish, plodding, sodding dirt of a story is short. Otherwise, it would not have been worth the effort to get through. 2 of 10 stars
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Philip Margolin brings Robin Lockwood back for another legal thriller set in Oregon. Lockwood, a former MMA star, is ready to do battle when she is approached by a young woman who confides that she’s been raped. Robin explains that she cannot prosecute a criminal case, but is willing to help with any civil matter that might be needed. Listening to her client, Robin learns that a football player, Blaine Hastings, turned a booze-fuelled lustful encounter into something violent that led to a sexual ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Perfect Alibi by Phillip Margolin is the second book of the legal thriller Robin Lockwood series. In the first book of the series readers were introduced to Robin who was just beginning as an assistant to a legendary attorney and now she is back tackling her own cases.

In this second installment of the series Robin meets with a young girl who is looking to bring about a case on her rapist. She and a friend had attended a party and while flirting on thing led to another and then the young man
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
The Perfect Alibi is a robust and suspenseful legal mystery with a dynamic female protagonist.

A young woman accuses a prominent local college athlete of rape. Convicted with the help of DNA evidence the athlete swears he is innocent and threaten both his lawyer and his accuser as he is sent to prison. Then there is another rape and the DNA shows the same person committed both rapes. An impossibility since the man convicted of the first rape was in prison at the time of the second one. No
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
The Perfect Alibi by Phillip Margolin is the second book in his Robin Lockwood series. Though this novel is part of a series with the same the primary character, it reads as a standalone.

Robin Lockwood, former MMA fighter, is now a partner in the law firm, Barrister, Berman & Lockwood. She’s currently litigating two important cases that are causing her to question herself and her chosen career. Robin also involves herself in a case possibly related to one of hers that’s being handled by ano
I have enjoyed reading Phillip Margolin’s books. In particular I enjoyed the Amanda Jaffe series. I think the Jaffe series has ended. This is the second book that features Robin Lockwood. She was in “The Third Victim”. Maybe this is a new series.

The book is well written. The book takes place in Oregon. A woman was raped. This book is about the civil lawsuit. The plot twists and turns. The suspense builds throughout the story. The characters are interesting as is the DNA science. I enjoyed the ap
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Phillip Margolin always writes great mysteries/thrillers - you can count on it. This is a complex one with several legal cases to follow and some suspense. Robin Lockwood is a great character as the defense attorney - she's just interesting. A good bit of this story involves ethics and morals. The cases followed in this book are an interesting rape case, a murder of an Oregon legal partner, the murder of an assistant district attorney, the murders of a stroke victim and his wife, the murder of a ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
An up-and-coming local college athlete is accused and sent to prison for rape, with DNA evidence to prove it. However, soon after another rape occurs, and the same DNA is found. How can this be? No person, unless they are identical twins, can have the same DNA. And, the man in question is an only child. Now he's granted a new trial and is released on bail. Robin Lockwood is representing the young woman that accused the athlete of rape. Now, Robin has to protect her client who thinks she's being ...more
Kristy K
2.5 Stars

Lots of murder, lies, and misdirection takes place in The Perfect Alibi and it will keep readers guessing as to who did what. There are multiple cases and crimes committed throughout this book and there are times I felt it was a bit too much, but it does come together at the end.

Our main players, Rex Kellerman, Doug Anderson, and Robin Lockwood connect these cases and seemingly random tangential subplots. While the rape case may be the catalyst for bringing these three attorneys togeth
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
An interesting, if somewhat unfocused, read.

This is my first Phillip Margolin novel, and for about the first 25%, I was pleasantly surprised. The story was interesting and really kept my attention. After that, things became a little disjointed. There were just so many story lines. It felt like an octopus, with Robin Lockwood, the main protagonist, being the brain...and 8 separate tentacles (or plot lines) radiating outward. It was a lot. Even worse, I figured everything out VERY early on...des
Vicki Willis
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A legal thriller from Phillip Margolin, who I have enjoyed reading for many years. This one was the second book in the series about Robin Lockwood. I initially didn't know that and have not read The Third Victim. This book read just fine as a stand alone. I did not have trouble following the story or characters. I did think there were a lot of characters and because they were all involved in the law, it took a bit to get them all sorted out. The sides of the legal table seemed fluid in this one. ...more
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***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE PERFECT ALIBI by Phillip Margolin in exchange for my honest review.***

When a college football star’s DNA is found inside the body of the young woman he’s accused of raping, conviction is a slam dunk. His response is to threaten the lives of his lawyer, the victim and the judge. The victim hires Robin to represent her in a civil case. Then the same DNA is found inside another rape victim, while the perp sits in jail. Next people
This is the first Phillip Margolin bok I've read, and probably the last. Flat characters, wooden dialogue, and uninspired prose. The plot did engage me enough to keep reading, but I wouldn't recommend this.

*I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I love this author. He is really among my favorites in this genre. My sister turned me on to him many years ago (Thanks Cathy). I'm always excited when he releases his next novel.

I love the MC in this. Robin is unique with her flaws and her perfection. Her characteristics are vivid and wonderfully developed. I also liked all of the subplots. It did have a lot of characters, but the audio narrator did a fabulous job at keeping everyone separate. So yay for that.

I liked this one, but it wasn't m
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
The perfect Alibi by Phillip Margolin is the second book of the Robin Lockwood series. I was not aware of that when l received an advanced copy by the publisher. When a college student accuses football player Blaine of rape and his DNA was found he’s put in prison. Robin Lockwood is hired to represent the young woman in the civil suit against Blaine. When another woman is raped and the DNA matches Blaine things become confusing since Blaine is imprisoned and he doesn’t have an identical brother ...more
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Publication date: 3/5/19
3.75 stars - rubbing elbows with 4 stars

e-ARC copy provided by St. Martin’s Press vía NetGalley

This was my first read from author Margolin. I'm late to the party, obviously, as he has boocoodles of books out there. This was crafted cleverly. He keeps you guessing as to how and what actually happened here.

Young defense attorney Robin Lockwood is a tough cookie, literally. She is an accomplished MMA cage fighter and can defend herself quite nicely, thank you very much, as
Jennifer Rico
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was enjoyable, but the characters were a bit complicated to keep track of, and to keep each storyline going. Its definitely worth the read, but you should only read when you have a lot of time to focus on the book.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
I hadn't read a Phillip Margolin book in a while and the description of this one intrigued me, so I picked it up.
What I liked: I love the Portland setting, although it doesn't really make as strong an appearance in this one as in previous books by him. I still like the familiar locale. I liked Robin quite a bit and admired her tenacity and smarts. She's the type of lawyer I'd want in my corner if something went wrong. The overall mysteries in the book were decent and kept my interest t
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Bet you don't know too many lawyers who used to be MMA fighters. Well, Robin Lockwood is one.

Client Randi Stark wants to sue a star college football player Blaine Hastings for rape. As soon as he is tried and goes to prison on his conviction, Robin files the civil suit. However, another rape victim soon comes forward and the DNA shows to be Blaine's. Whoops, he's in prison.

Robin also defends a man who is accused of killing an off-duty police officer. Although not Robin's case, there i
Jerry B
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
We have read lawyer-turned-author Margolin’s entire booklist, with invariably 3- or 4-star ratings – setting an expectation for reasonable if not overly thrilling adventure. We quite enjoyed his just prior novel (“The Third Victim”) introducing Portland-based defense attorney Robin Lockwood – and now this latest is a second to feature her firm taking on often difficult cases involving herein murder and rape.

We smelled a bit of a rat when the early-on rape case turns out open and shut, paving the
Donna Lewis
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The most interesting thing about this book is the frightening fact that the difference between a guilty verdict and a not-guilty verdict is so slight that any number of things can change the outcome. This is why so many innocent people are on death row, and guilty people escape punishment all too often. The legal system, while flawed, is still the best in the world and worth striving to improve. The book is interesting, and it’s nice to read about the northwest and my favorite - New York City.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
**I recvd this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review**

I wanted to like this book more than I did, mostly because the blurb intrigued me, a rich guy rapes a girl and ends up in jail, only to have his DNA show up in a rape while he's in there.. sounded good, something that maybe could lead to me not predicting the outcome, what I got though, was this was actually a sort of mini case in a bunch of other cases. A lawyer with several cases and a few of them overlap. It was intriguing e
Feb 18, 2019 added it
Readers who enjoy legal thrillers with multiple cases and lots of twists and turn should enjoy this one. I did like it but also felt that the plot was rushed. I wanted more in-depth with the characters and events. I see that this is the only second in series starring Robin Lockwood, a young lawyer who is a former MMA fighter. I hope that further books in the series show more about who Robin is, besides that she is quick to jump in a fight. I also felt that female rape victim in the book could ha ...more
Sharon Sample
Jan 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Am I missing something? Why are other NetGalley readers giving this book 3 to 5 stars and writing positive reviews? The first third of the book held my attention, but then it turns into a mess. Brief chapters, mostly written in short pieces of dialogue, are told from different points of view which results in a jerky narrative that is impossible to follow.

Finally, I do not understand why "St Martin's Press," which in my previous reading experiences publishes readable books, is printing this junk
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was all over the place. The characters were dry and flat, the writing about rape was just...careless. The legal information made no sense and was distracting. It felt like a book written from 1985.

Thanks NetGalley for the advance copy.
Becky Baldridge
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
The Perfect Alibi has a great protagonist in Robin Lockwood. She's interesting, tough, and doesn't settle for the easy answer. We start with a rape case that seems pretty cut and dried, but things aren't always exactly as they seem, and given the length of the book, I did expect things to go off the rails. What I didn't expect was for this story to take so many different paths. We have conspiracies, murders, rape, and misconduct all happening in rapid-fire succession and with the number of chara ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
“ The Perfect Alibi” by Phillip Margolin is a very entertaining legal thriller.
The author spins a tale with two different threads at at first seem divergent but do become entwined to give the reader an interesting puzzle to solve. Not just a who done it, but why, is the puzzle.
At the beginning of the novel, attorney Robin Lockwood meets with a potential new client, Randi Stark. She has accused Blaine Hastings, son of a wealthy man, college football standout and possible pro draft pick , of rap
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