A Matter of Life and Death Book Review

A Matter of Life and Death Book Review

Title: A Matter of Life and Death
Author: Phillip Margolin
Published: March 9, 2021, Minotaur Books
No. of Pages: 320
Cover Price: $27.00 Hardcover, $14.99 Kindle

A Matter of Life and Death is the fourth installment in the excellent Robin Lockwood series by bestselling author, Phillip Margolin. Joe Lattimore is a boxer who is down on his luck and homeless; he is trying desperately to support his young wife and baby. When he is offered a large sum of money to box in an illegal match, he agrees, and ends up killing his opponent. Although he has no idea who actually hired him, he is then blackmailed into burglarizing the house of a judge where he finds the wife of the judge brutally murdered. Of course he is blamed for the murder, and is lucky enough that Robin Lockwood, a former boxer herself, agrees to take on the case. As she investigates, she opens up avenues that lead to corruption and murder by people in high places.

Margolin is a veteran thriller writer, and is an excellent story teller. The story flows in such a way that it is very difficult to put down. Readers sense of fairness and what is actually right is violated here, and it is very similar to what is actually going on in real life; the double standard is alive and well and Margolin presents it in a way that hits home with readers.

Robin Lockwood is not only likeable, but is a very well-developed character. She is unique, and although she doesn’t have years of experience, somehow manages to pull clues to help her with her case. There are twists and turns in the story, and dangerous scenarios for Robin and those who are involved before the final dénouement.

A Matter of Life and Death is a well written installment to the Robin Lockwood series, and will be enjoyed by everyone who loves a good courtroom drama. Margolin is an excellent writer and readers will anticipate subsequent novels to come.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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