The Darkest Place: A Robin Lockwood Novel (Hardcover)

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The Darkest Place has Robin Lockwood facing her greatest challenge.  Robin is tough, made her way through Yale as an MMA fighter and keeps in practice.  Smart too, she is known for coming up with innovate defense strategies that win in court.  Courageous, sometimes more than she should be, as she is willing to put herself in physical danger to face down the bad guys.  But sometimes, no matter how tough, smart, and courageous, fate throws a punch that is a knock out.  Robin’s world implodes as she faces a situation she cannot control, now she has to pick up the pieces. 

Judge Harold Wright cajoles Robin into defending Lloyd Arness, a rapist no lawyer wants to defend, someone so reprehensible that being in the same room makes a person feel slimed and in need of a shower.  This isn’t something Robin wants to tackle, but she believes strongly in everyone’s right to competent counsel and succumbs to Judge Wright’s persuasion.  It is a choice she will regret the rest of her life.  In the aftermath, Robin goes back to Elk Grove, the small Midwestern town where she grew up.  Here, while surrounded by her mother and brothers, she will have to decide how to face the future.

Meanwhile, detectives Carrie Anders and Roger Dillon are investigating the death of Joel Loman, a slippery rich guy long on enemies and short on friends.  Numbered among those who are happier with him dead than alive is his widow, Marjorie.  They were going through a nasty, contentious divorce. 

As the days go on, Robin’s interest in the world outside her mother’s home starts to regenerate.  She is well known in her small town as a top notch, big city attorney, a hometown girl who made good.  When a local lawyer gets a case way out of his comfort zone, he asks if she would help.  Marjorie Loman was a surrogate for a local couple, Caleb and Emily Lindstrom.  She had signed a binding contract, but after the birth she changed her mind, culminating in assaulting Emily Lindstrom and kidnapping the baby.  Marjorie was living in Elk Gove under an assumed name.  As the trial progresses, Robin learns that Marjorie is wanted in Portland, Oregon, Robin’s home city, for a far more serious crime.  

The Darkest Place is full of twists and turns, lots of interesting characters, and a clever ending!

— Deon Stonehouse


Defense attorney Robin Lockwood faces an unimaginable personal disaster and her greatest professional challenge in the next New York Times bestselling Phillip Margolin's new legal thriller, The Darkest Place.

Robin Lockwood is an increasingly prominent defense attorney in the Portland community. A Yale graduate and former MMA fighter, she's becoming known for her string of innovative and successful defense strategies. As a favor to a judge, Robin takes on the pro bono defense of a reprehensible defendant charged with even more reprehensible crimes. But what she doesn't know—what she can't know—is how this one decision, this one case, will wreak complete devastation on her life and plans.

As she recovers from those consequences, Robin heads home to her small town of Elk Grove and the bosom of her family. As she tries to recuperate, a unique legal challenge presents itself—Marjorie Loman, a surrogate, is accused of kidnapping the baby she carried for another couple, and assaulting that couple in the process. There's no question that she committed these actions but that's not the same as being guilty of the crime. As Robin works to defend her client, she learns that Marjorie Loman has been hiding under a fake identity and is facing a warrant for her arrest for another, even more serious crime. And buried within the truth may once again be unexpected, deadly consequences.

About the Author

PHILLIP MARGOLIN has written over twenty novels, most of them New York Times bestsellers, including Gone But Not Forgotten, Lost Lake, and Violent Crimes. In addition to being a novelist, he was a long time criminal defense attorney with decades of trial experience, including a large number of capital cases. Margolin lives in Portland, Oregon.

Praise For…

"[Margolin's] knifelike ability to create sophisticated plots keeps his fans in their favorite reading chairs." --Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star

"Anyone who picks up this book will struggle to put it down." --St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Pairing up two of Margolin’s most interesting characters, series lead Lockwood and the cool, calculating Marjorie Loman, this is not only the best in this series, but one of Margolin’s best novels, period.” --Booklist (starred review)

"The best one yet!" --Red Carpet Crash

“Margolin is a wizard who creates a story that brings all the issues to a neatly trimmed head. If you have nothing to do for two days, pick up The Darkest Place—you won’t be disappointed." --New York Journal of Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250258441
ISBN-10: 1250258448
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: March 8th, 2022
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Robin Lockwood