Sleight of Hand: A Novel of Suspense (Dana Cutler Series #4) (Mass Market)

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PI Dana Cutler is involved in a rather mundane surveillance in
Washington DC when she is offered a much more interesting case, tracking down a
Turkish relic in the Pacific Northwest. 
While Dana is away, busy investigating in Seattle, the San Juan Islands,
and Vancouver BC, things are becoming rather complicated back in Washington DC.
Charles Benedict is the go to guy for Russian mobsters looking for a mouthpiece
who can get them off the hook.  The
handsome urbane attorney with a predilection for magic tricks has been stacking
up wins and cementing his reputation for delivering acquittals.  Now he is going to conjure something entirely
different, Benedict intends to frame a mega millionaire for the murder of his
wife, a prosecuting attorney.  Motive is
easy, the marriage was known to be rocky, they had a pre-nuptial agreement that
would expire in a week and could cost a cool twenty million. Benedict is a
master at illusion; he has every chance of succeeding. Figuring out what the
various players are up to and how they are connected will only be half of the
problem for Dana; she has to prove it and bring them to justice.

— Deon Stonehouse


Private investigator Dana Cutler must take down a cunning psychopath before he can pull off the perfect crime, in Sleight of Hand, a novel of suspense from Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Capitol Murder and Supreme Justice.

Charles Benedict – charismatic criminal defense lawyer, amateur illusionist, and professional hit man – has performed his greatest sleight of hand yet: framing a millionaire for the murder of his much younger wife.

When Horace Blair married Carrie, the prosecutor in his DUI trial, he made her sign a prenuptial agreement guaranteeing her twenty million dollars if she remained faithful for the first ten years of marriage. Just one week before their tenth anniversary, Carrie disappears, and Horace is charged with her murder. Desperate to clear his name, the millionaire hires D.C.’s most ruthless defense lawyer – Charles Benedict.

P.I. Dana Cutler is in the Pacific Northwest on the trail of a stolen relic dating from the Ottoman Empire. Hitting a dead end sends her back to Virginia perplexed and disappointed – and straight into the case of Horace and Carrie Blair.

Now Dana must conjure a few tricks of her own to expose Benedict’s plot, before he can work his deadly magic on her...

About the Author

Phillip Margolin has written nineteen novels, many of them New York Times bestsellers, including his latest novels Woman with a Gun, Worthy Brown’s Daughter, Sleight of Hand, and the Washington trilogy. Each displays a unique, compelling insider’s view of criminal behavior, which comes from his long background as a criminal defense attorney who has handled thirty murder cases. Winner of the Distinguished Northwest Writer Award, he lives in Portland, Oregon.

Praise For…

“Phillip Margolin’s best book in years. Deception is prominent, and the villain is truly vile.…A magician never reveals his secrets, and like the best prestidigitators, Margolin manipulates readers into believing one thing, then reveals the surprising truth..”
— Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062069931
ISBN-10: 0062069934
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: December 31st, 2013
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Dana Cutler Series