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Worthy Brown's Daughter

 
 
Author
Phillip Margolin.
Publisher Harper  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9780062195340
Pages/Publication Date 346/2014
Daedalus Item Code 53534
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One of a handful of lawyers in the new state of Oregon in 1860, recently widowed Matthew Penny agrees to help Worthy Brown, a newly freed slave, rescue his 15-year-old daughter Roxanne from their former master, a powerful Portland lawyer. Worthy's lawsuit sets in motion events that lead to his own arrest for murder and create a moral dilemma that could send either Worthy or Matthew to the hangman. The author of Sleight of Hand and Capitol Murder, legal thriller writer Phillip Margolin here turns his hand to historical fiction in this saga of justice in the American West, inspired by a true story.

"Free man Worthy Brown sues his former master for his daughter's freedom. Out of sheer spite and wicked lust, Caleb Barbour refuses to release 15-year-old Roxanne to her father, despite Oregon's law against slavery. Worthy hires down-on-his-luck lawyer Matthew Penny to bring a legal custody suit, though circumstances conspire against them. Throw in a money-grubbing beauty, a smitten judge, a few loudmouth hotheads, and at least two legal beagles willing to bend the law, and the Old West comes alive in heart-wrenching, violent, and wicked racist color. The plot is comfortably predictable, with a last-minute save by our brilliant hero, yet legal thriller and western fans will stay with it to the last page. Both a psychological western reminiscent of The Ox-Bow Incident and a sharp critique of Oregon's early legal process, Margolin's novel offers a compelling portrait of small town justice done right—eventually."—Booklist

 
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