Margolin created such an interesting character in Lockwood that I understand why he doesn’t want to let her go. Aside from being an extremely bright defense attorney, she is a former MMA fighter which adds depth to her character. She is surrounded by several interesting secondary characters, but there is never a doubt as to who is the star of this series.
In A Reasonable Doubt magician Robert Chesterfield requests her help in obtaining patent protection for an illusion that he is about to present. As a criminal attorney Robin explains that she would not be the right choice, but Chesterfield insists. He had been defended in a murder trial several years before by Regina Barrister, former partner of the firm and a legal legend. Regina, suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s, retired from the firm after mentoring Robin to follow in her footsteps. Chesterfield is somewhat mysterious as he gives her a retainer and asks her to please look into his patent protection.
Shortly after the meeting, Robin is invited to the unveiling of his illusion. Chesterfield disappears, as expected, but he never reappears. Robin isn’t sure whether he is in hiding from his many enemies or whether one of those enemies actually harmed him. Following her, as she tries to track him, makes for some very exciting reading.
Margolin does such a good job with his characterization of the despicable magician, that you can easily see any number of people wishing to make him disappear. His characters are always multifaceted though, and the reader continues wondering if perhaps Chesterfield is more than just a con man.
A Reasonable Doubt is a wonderfully plot driven story that will have the reader wondering until the very end.
Publisher - Minotaur Books
Date of Publication - March 10, 2020