Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Woman with a Gun: A Novel

Woman with a Gun
A Novel 
by Phillip Margolin
Paperback, 304 pages

Woman with a Gun is a well-crafted thriller that builds in intensity and complexity.

A writer is inspired by a photograph and feels drawn to find out the back story. What happens is a gradual unfolding of stories behind stories.

Where does inspiration come from? What lies beneath? How do you draw the line between the inspiration for a story and investigating the truth? What happens when you get too close to the mystery?

A unique crime thriller. Clever and filled with enough twists to keep you guessing until the last page.

From the Back Flap:

Master of mystery Phillip Margolin transcends his traditional territory in this new and different book, a haunting thriller inspired by an unforgettable photograph.

Visiting an art museum displaying a retrospective of acclaimed photographer Kathy Moran's work, aspiring novelist Stacy Kim is stunned by the photo at the center of the show - the famous Woman with a Gun, which won a Pulitzer Prize and launched the photographer's career. Shot from behind, the enigmatic black-and-white image is a picture of a woman in a wedding dress, standing on the shore at night, facing the sea. Behind her back, she holds a six-shooter.

The images captures Stacey's imagination, raising a host of compelling questions. Has the woman killed her husband on their wedding night? Is she going to commit suicide? Is she waiting for someone she plans to kill? Obsessed with finding answers, Stacey discovers that the woman in the photograph is Megan Cahill, suspected of killing her husband, millionaire Raymond Cahill, with the six-shooter on their wedding night. But the murder was never solved.

Drawn deeper into the case, Stacey finds that everyone involved has a different opinion of Megan's culpability. But the one person who may know the whole story - Kathy Moran - isn't talking. Stacey must find a way to get to the reclusive photographer or the truth may never see the light of day.

Phillip Margolin has written eighteen novels, many of them New York Times bestsellers including the recent Worthy Brown's Daughter, Sleight of Hand, and the Washington Trilogy. Each displays a unique, compelling insider's view of criminal behavior, which comes from his long background as a criminal defense attorney who has handled thirty murder cases. Winner of the Distinguished Northwest Writer Award, he lives in Portland, Oregon.