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Phillip Margolin

Legal thriller


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New York University School of Law

Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original

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Phillip Margolin (born in 1944 in New York, New York) is a writer of legal thrillers.


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Phillip Margolin was born in New York City in 1944. After receiving a B.A. in Government in 1965, from American University in Washington, D.C., he worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia until 1967. He graduated from the New York University School of Law in 1970, and has worked for 25 years as a criminal defense attorney, an occupation of choice inspired by the Perry Mason books. He started to work in 1970 at the Oregon Court of Appeals.

He published his first story, a short story titled "The Girl in the Yellow Bikini", in 1974, and became a full-time writer in 1996. He has written 12 books as of January 2007. He lists as his favourite writer Joseph Conrad, and among his favourite books War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and Stone City by Mitchell Smith.

Philip Margolin was married to Doreen Stamm in 1968. They had two children, Ami and Daniel. Doreen, also a defense attorney, died from cancer in January 2007.

Phillip Margolin is also the president of Chess for Success, a non-profit organisation "dedicated to helping children develop skills necessary for success in school and life by learning chess".

Awards and recognitions

  • 1978: nominated for an Edgar Award for best original paperback by the Mystery Writers of America for Heartstone
  • 1999: the short story The Jailhouse Lawyer is published in the 1999 edition of The Best American Mystery Stories
  • References

    Phillip Margolin Wikipedia

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