Sleight of Hand

Phillip Margolin, Author, Jonathan Davis, Performed by
Phillip Margolin, read by Jonathan Davis. HarperAudio, unabridged, seven CDs, 8.25 hrs., $34.99 ISBN 978-0-06-226504-3
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Margolin kicks off his latest thriller with a bit of literary legerdemain. He introduces Charles Benedict, a strikingly handsome and charismatic defense attorney and amateur magician who appears to be the novel’s leading man. But Benedict is swiftly exposed as an extremely effective homicidal sociopath, and the book shifts to its true protagonist, private sleuth Dana Cutler, who is quickly dispatched on a convoluted cross-country search for a bejeweled golden scepter with a history curiously similar to that of Sam Spade’s famous Maltese Falcon. It’s a given that this quest will eventually bring the shrewd detective in contact with the homicidal Benedict. Jonathan Davis’s narration is smooth and well paced. He adds just the right amount of smarm and smirk to Benedict’s speech and captures all of Dana’s drive, determination, and fearlessness. The book’s other characters have more than their share of accents—from the mysterious Frenchwoman who sends Dana after the scepter to a surprisingly cheery Russian mob boss. Davis ably handles these and others in a stylish performance with just an appropriate hint of sardonic amusement. A Harper hardcover. (Apr.)
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