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. Now the convicted athlete joined by a new lawyer, is granted a new trial and bail. Shortly thereafter, his original lawyer disappears and the lawyer’s partner is murdered.
Robin Lockwood is a young lawyer with a small law firm hired to represent the first rape victim in a civil lawsuit against the rapist. The victim is convinced the rapist is stalking her and trying to intimidate her. At the same time another of Lockwood’s client’s is in jail on a murder charge, that he claims is self defense, but the D. A. is determined to bring the case to trial. Lockwood now has to mastermind two impossible cases, trying to find the hidden truths between each of them.
There is so much going on in THE PERFECT ALIBI it may make your head spin. I’m not sure anyone really has the perfect alibi in this one. There are so many attorneys, victims and bad guys, it’s hard to keep them all straight. But it’s worth the read. Robin Lockwood’s character as the protagonist was captivating. She is a smart, strong, and confident woman attorney, who can take care of herself. She had me when she easily took down a twenty-something up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighter who she sparred with at her boxing ring.
THE PERFECT ALIBI is suspenseful and skillfully crafted. The robust story contains multiple rapes, assaults, threats, lies, infidelity, drug deals and at least three murders. Not sure how much more you can fit into one book, but it all comes together in the end. Best selling author Phillip Margolin practiced criminal defense law from 1972 until 1996, when he became a full time author of legal thrillers. He has since written over 25 novels.
Thanks to Netgalley, Phillip Margolin and Minotaur for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Published March 5, 2018