Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Phillip Margolin and Frontier Justice

Oregon author Phillip Margolin comes to the Newport Public Library on Sunday, May 4, at 2:00 p.m. to discuss his recently published novel, Worthy Brown’s Daughter.

Known for his contemporary legal thrillers, Margolin explores intriguing new territory in this work, a compelling historical drama set in nineteenth-century Oregon. Based on a true story, it combines a heartbreaking tale of slavery and murder with classic Margolin plot twists.

One of a handful of lawyers in the new state of Oregon, recently widowed Matthew Penny agrees to help Worthy Brown, a newly freed slave, rescue his fifteen year old daughter from their former master, a powerful Portland lawyer. Worthy's lawsuit sets in motion events that lead to Worthy's arrest for murder and create an agonizing moral dilemma that could send either Worthy or Matthew to the hangman.

A New York native, Margolin spent 1965 to 1967 in Liberia, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1970. His first job following law school was a clerkship with Herbert M. Schwab, the chief judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals, and from 1972 until 1996, he was in private practice, specializing in criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels.

Since 1996 he has been writing full-time. All of his novels have been best sellers. His first novel, Heartstone, was nominated for an Edgar for best original paperback mystery of 1978 by the Mystery Writers of America. His second novel, The Last Innocent Man, was made into an HBO movie. Gone, But Not Forgotten, sold to more than 25 foreign publishers and was made into a mini-series starring Brooke Shields. Wild Justice and Lost Lake were both Oregon Book Award Finalists.

Margolin will sign copies of his books after the program, which will be sold by Canyon Way Bookstore. Sponsored by the Newport Library Foundation, this program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 541-265-2153 or visit its website,

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