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Vanessa Kohler wakes from a sound sleep in a California lakeside mansion to find her host, a young Congressman, near death--he's been tortured, his safe is wide open--and the man who seems to have attacked him, is about to flee the house, is Carl Price, someone she once loved. Missing are the documents that prove Vanessa's father, the General, runs a covert military unit oVanessa Kohler wakes from a sound sleep in a California lakeside mansion to find her host, a young Congressman, near death--he's been tortured, his safe is wide open--and the man who seems to have attacked him, is about to flee the house, is Carl Price, someone she once loved. Missing are the documents that prove Vanessa's father, the General, runs a covert military unit of assassins who answer only to him. Once the General arrives on the scene and hustles her off to a mental hospital where she's held for more than a year, her charges are dismissed as the rantings of a crazy woman. A decade later Carl Price reappears, caught in an incident at a Little League game in Oregon that briefly makes the national news and thus brings him to Vanessa's notice again. But by now she's a tabloid reporter, so even those who don't know about her stint in the asylum won't take her charges against the General seriously. And Carl Price may have killed the Congressman, but he's the only person who can prove that the Unit exists; if Vanessa doesn't get him before the General has him killed, he'll never be able to corroborrate her story, and the General may well be elected President. Vanessa's a more interesting, if less likeable and engaging heroine than Ami, the woman lawyer who tries to help the man she knows as Dan Morelli, a.k.a. Carl Price, who makes beautiful furniture, lives comfortably in the apartment over her garage, and is a surrogate father to her young son. But the official records of Carl Price reveal a whole other side of her friend and client, and when the psychiatrist to whom Dan has also revealed his alter identity and the General's secret is tortured and killed in the same way the Congressman was, she's not certain whom to believe. The complicated plot is a little over the top, but Margolin drives his thriller to its bloody denouement with the same fast pace and velocity that will probably drive it to the bestseller list, just like his previous books. --Jane Adams...

Title : Lost Lake
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ISBN : 9780060735043
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Number of Pages : 464 Pages
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Lost Lake Reviews

  • Lewis Weinstein
    2019-05-04 08:21

    ... a thoroughly enjoyable read ... complicated, lots of action, full of surprises, even some unexpected emotion. Perfect for my "not research for my writing" reading.Margolin used an interesting writing technique in this book that deserves mention ... There are certain crucial events and characters that are presented early in the story, but not clearly. Margolin brings the reader back to those events several times, from different points of view, each time adding something more and reducing somewhat the ambiguity about what is true. This produced in me a confidence that the author had control of his story and would not leave me dangling. This in turn allowed me to simply go with the narrative and not obsess over what I did not fully remember or understand.

  • Mary JL
    2019-05-25 04:17

    Phillip Margolin writes fast paced thrillers with interesting twists and "Lost Lake" is no exception.The most interesting thing about this story is an event is described; and can be interpeted one of two ways.For example, after the events at Lost Lake, Vanessa is confined to a mental hospital for a year.He father says he loves her and hated to do so but it is for her own good.Vanessa says that the doctors drugged her on her father's order so no one would believe her when she tried to tell them about her father's conspiracies.So, who does Amy beleive? Is the General, Vanessa's father up to some illegal matters? Or is Vanessa simply suffering the delusions of a former mental patient and ther is NO cpnspiracy? Where does Carl Rice, Vanessa's high school love--now accused of attempted murder--fit in?Ami, as a young and inexperienced lawyer is caught between so many fact and details that could be interpeted either way. The stakes are incredibly high as she searches for the truth....The characters of Vanesssa and Carl are really well drawn. When we first meet Vanessa's character, we think "what a nut"---and the same for Carl. But if even half of their accustions against the General are true, they have ample reason to act paranoid and frightened.This book will keep you guessing and is an interesting blend of mystery and political thriller. Margolin keeps up the suspense to the very end.

  • Sandie
    2019-05-01 08:32

    When packing for a long road trip I always like to take authors like Philip Margolin along for the ride. His books on CD keep you alert and engaged and Lost Lake is no exception. While there is a crime committed in Lost Lake (several in fact) there is no mystery to solve because you already know who-dunnit. The underlying question is why was the crime committed, and are the stories being told by the chief protagonists (Carl Rice and Vanessa Kohler) the real deal or just the delusions of a couple of paranoiac personalities. It's up to their lawyer Ami Vergano to try to separate fact from fiction and determine the truth behind the story that began 20 years earlier with the brutal torture murder of a Congressman. Deborah Hazlett is a talented reader and she deftly breathes life into Margolin's characters and keeps the story moving along at a lively pace. You find yourself pulling for Carl and Vanessa while still wondering if perhaps they really are crazy and you've been sucked into their deluded world. If you enjoy a story that delves into the arenas of political and military cover-ups and is laced with tension and a touch of uncertainty you'll relish your journey to LOST LAKE.

  • Maurean
    2019-05-02 09:37

    While I'm never disappointed in Margolin, this one was absolutely one of his best - it ranks right up there with "Gone, But Not Forgotten" and "The Undertaker's Widow" in my book. This one had me guessing right up until the end. *Was* General Wingate leading a team of commando assassins to do his political bidding, or is this all the crazy delusions of a distraught daughter and a psychotic ex-military man suffering from PTSD? An intense political thriller, and a page turner from cover to cover.

  • Robert Dugoni
    2019-04-25 10:22

    Phil Margolin is one of the best at intricate but understandable plotting. I enjoyed this and his other books thoroughly.

  • Vivian
    2019-05-08 10:25

    This suspense novel is definitely not the author's best effort, but interesting characters and a military cover-up made this an easy and enjoyable read for me on a rainy afternoon.

  • Jenn
    2019-05-08 07:24

    Another great read from Mr. Margolin. I've read quite a few of his books and I always get sucked into his world of crime and suspense. Mr. Margolin is my favorite crime author and I've tried a couple if others but for me none compare to Philip Margolin's writing.

  • Jerry B
    2019-04-26 05:44

    His 11th thriller uneven - complex plot but choppy storyline...We're Margolin fans, having read all ten of his prior novels, and generally find his work entertaining and satisfying. We agree that this one is slow to get going -- only the latter part of the book zings along with exciting action. Perhaps the problem with this thriller's complex plot is that to make any sense of the present we have to wade through lengthy recounts of the past for main characters Dan Morelli (aka Carl Rice) and Vanessa Wingate, the bad-girl general's (and presidential hopeful's) daughter. That both lead characters, not counting the sweet but rather naive lawyer to the rescue, Ami Vergano, have apparent histories of mental trouble makes it hard for us to decide just who is telling the truth and who might be fabricating the most intricate delusions one would ever try to invent. At any rate, Rice and Vanessa get into more trouble, and leave more bodies in their wake, than a serial killer with a death wish. Yet in the end, will these bad guys convince a judge that their fantastic claims about Gen. Wingate are true? Can there be proof? And does any such truth justify the brutal half dozen or so murders committed along the way? We know Margolin can craft a good tale and turn a good phrase. Indeed, "Lost Lake" does generate some heat before the final pages. Unfortunately, like an amusement park ride that gets a little long to sustain the thrills, we found ourselves tiring from all the ups and downs, all the trials and tribulations. Perhaps a little better pace, less historical detail, more believable protagonists, and a little more character work with key supporting players might add up to a better book. As suggested by others, it's not a novel so much bad as just disappointing -- and whether that's worth our investment of time, a little problematic.

  • Rupert Gilliand
    2019-05-18 05:40

    Lost Lake has aplot that tries to be complex but ends up being convoluted and cliched.The twists offered by the author hold no surprises and the characters seem forced in their every interaction with one another. The dialogue is average at best, itself not necessarily a bad thing but it is paired with poor action that displays the author's lack of research.For example: Mr. Margolin created a character with a black belt in karate but did not put the effort into research of even ten minutes online to find any of the traditional methods that such a trained martial artist would employ in combat. Suffice to say a "drop kick" is used in professional wrestling or in football, not in martial arts. A roundhouse kick or heel kick are normal accepted English terms used to describe real maneuvers. Certainly this is a pet peeve of mine, having an interest in martial arts, but it serves to highlight the fact that the author has not done all his research. Errors in terminology may not seem important to those who do not know the difference, but to those who do? Well, I won't be reading any more Margolin. With Robert Crais and Lee Child writing high-action crime/thriller novels that are better written and better researched, there is no room in my brainspace for second-rate crime fiction.

  • Robert Cohen
    2019-05-18 09:33

    I picked up a large selection of audio books at a yard sale this past summer. Lost Lake is one of them. I had never heard of Phillip Margolin, but the description of the story printed on the box captivated me. I was not disappointed.I must confess that I often enjoy the audio book more than I would the printed book, particularly if the reader is good (and Deborah Hazlett is quite good). I listen in my car, and am typically transported by a good story. This is a good story. It is a page turner (disc turner?).The characters are well developed, and the plot has enough twists to keep any suspense aficionado engrossed. There are some rather implausible aspects to parts of the plot, particularly the courtroom portion, but I can forgive that as long as the story moves forward deftly, and the ending is unpredictable right up until, well, the end.I will be reading or listening to more Phillip Margolin. I have a passion for suspense, and sometimes find myself in a rut with the same authors. It's nice to discover an author who, for me, is new and fresh.

  • Sara Jo Schmidt
    2019-05-10 04:24

    Grabbed this one for 50 cents off the clearance shelf at Half Price Books. I thought it was going to be a horror story, but it wasn't. I'm not disappointed, however. It turned out to be a pretty riveting thriller. I want to find more paperbacks from this author. A young woman is destroyed by her father who is a general for a secret government intelligence agency (even more secret than the CIA). She witnesses her ex boyfriend doing some of her fathers dirty work and he subsequently forced her into a mental institution for a year to destroy any credibility her testimony would have. Just when everyone thought the ex-boyfriend/assassin is dead and gone, he shows up again, of course with a different name. All kinds of crazy things are going on here. Spying, espionage, murder....mystery. It just doesn't get any better than this. I would have preferred more of a twist at the end, which is why I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars. Perhaps now I will try to finish that horrible Jane Austen book.

  • Thart2002
    2019-05-25 04:28

    I do wish that GoodReads had 1/2 stars. I would rate this book 1 1/2. Perhaps if the book wasn't written in third person it would have been easier to find even one character in this book to bond with; but alas that is not the case. Perhaps the author himself doesn't bon with any of the characters as he chooses to refer to the characters by their full name almost all of the time throughout the story. Perhaps it is just the lack of the authors ability to make words and narratives flow naturally and beautifully that makes this story dull; or maybe it is just the combination of all of the things mentioned. Either way, I wouldn't recommend or waste my time with this novel.

  • Kristen
    2019-05-07 09:45

    In Phillip Margolin's Lost Lake, he told us a cryptic tale of a hidden conspiracy in this legal thriller. In Portland, Oregon, attorney Ami Vergano watched in horror as violent erupted in a Little League ball game. Back in Washington D.C., Vanessa Kohler viewed the news incident and believed she found a witness to the deadly conspiracy. Caught between a mad woman and a confess mass murderer, it was up to Ami to race against time to unearth the truth that may or may not happen 20 years ago in a secluded cabin in Lost Lake.

  • David
    2019-05-15 08:23

    Amy is selling art at a fair, when she meets a man creating custom furniture next door to her. Dan Morelli seems nice, so she offers to let him rent the room above her garage. Everything is fine, until he explodes at a Little League game, arrested for assault. Suddenly, his identify is uncertain. She ends up representing him at the request of Vanessa Kohler, a woman who knew him when she was attending a private high school with him.As the mystery deepens, he claims to have been in a secret Army unit led by Vanessa's father, who denies everything. Of course, there are no records of this secret unit ever existing.Phillip Margolin is good at twist plots, and you don't quite know how this book is going to end, if the unit really existed, or if it was all an insane dream.

  • Stephen Hayes
    2019-05-06 05:40

    This book offers a bit of everything -- part adventure story, part spy story, part crime story, part courtroom drama. It's quite readable, and a bit of a page turner, but has too many plot holes and editing flaws to get more than 3 stars. The author seems to lose track of his characters, and forgets what they know or don't know, and where they've been or haven't been. An editor or proofreader should have picked this sort of thing up, and surely a publisher as big as HarperCollins should be able to employ a few of those.

  • Rita
    2019-05-24 09:41

    Dan read this one and liked it so I requested from the library and enjoyed it too. Fast moving with good character development. Story weaves characters together past and current. Other than the very violent aspect, it was a very good read and would make a good movie. I picture General Wingate as Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men.

  • Laura Wilson
    2019-05-17 11:37

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters, the shifts in POV, the story, the inevitable questions that kept popping up as you progressed, and the element of uncertainty that pervades this story, all the way to what I thought was a more than satisfactory ending. I enjoyed it so much I'm planning on reading more from Mr. Margolin.

  • Connie
    2019-05-18 04:44

    3.5 stars. Found this on my shelf and decided to read it while traveling. A good, fast read from an author I've read many times over the years. Most of the action takes place in Portland, OR with flashbacks to Vietnam and San Diego. Good legal writing in the last two chapters. Worth picking up since it's in paperback or borrowing fro the library.Recommended!

  • Isabel Luna
    2019-05-19 05:44

    Comienza lento y termina predecible, a pesar de ser una historia con personajes increíbles y una historia que prometía mucho, no termina de despegar del todo, Margolin muy bueno como siempre, pero en definitiva este no es si mejor libro.

  • Sharlynn
    2019-05-26 11:31

    Awesome work of art by Mr. Margolin! I love his work!

  • Lorraine Wille
    2019-05-14 06:29

    I’m addicted

  • Garth Slater
    2019-05-23 07:44

    This book was awesome. Several times I was sure I had the "who done it" figured out and then I wasn't so sure. Masterful the way I believed so many different plots.

  • Tal
    2019-04-26 12:42

    Some of the book is just a little too ... convenient ... but, it still has enough on its own merit.

  • Rebecca Hollingsworth
    2019-05-13 12:34

    Great book with a whole bunch of twists and turns

  • randnday
    2019-05-02 05:34

    Hi, I'm new here & actually came to this site specifically to read reviews on this book. My husband checked it out at the library & while on a trip, after he'd finished it, I picked it up out of boredom. It's been a while since I've read a "thriller" or whatever label would be given such a novel, but I certainly expected something else after seeing that the author was a "NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING" defense attorney.Somebody else here on the "Community Reviews" said they wished goodreads had 1/2 star ratings so he could give this book 1 1/2 stars instead of 2. I wish they had 1/2 star ratings also, so I could give it a half star. Or maybe better, a quarter of a star. What a disappointment! Not only was this book terribly cliched, it didn't take an expert to see how unresearched it was, as well as being trite with little character development, at least any that led me to develop "relationship" to them. Not only that, even the bad grammar was left unedited, which is, in my opinion, simple laziness. All that and more makes me feel this author only wanted to slam out something to make a few bucks. How insulting. I went ahead & finished it since the drive was long & boring anyway, but felt "used" more and more with each turn of the page. I have zero desire to commit my time to any other of Phillip Margolin's writing. He may have written better books earlier-on, but the fact that he was willing to put out this drivel shows me that he has no respect for the readers of his novels... only the desire for their money.Too bad. I'm also surprised by how many of the community reviewers here actually echoed the publisher's line rather than using their own critical thinking abilities. So... I may be too old and critical myself for a site like this, but certainly feel somebody needs to point out that the emperor has no clothes.

  • Carl Alves
    2019-05-26 08:23

    Lost Lake was entertaining, moved along nicely, had a strong plot and good tension. There was a lot to like about it. It's the story of a man Carl Rice, who was part of a general who is now running for president's secret army of assassins. Years later, he is arrested. A lawyer who befriended him agrees to take his case while General Wingate targets him for assassination. Although I enjoyed, there were some parts that I thought were unbelievable and brought the book down a peg. For instance, the evil General Wingate was running against the incumbent president in his party's primary and beating him. That does not happen in real life. The moment Wingate daughter started making allegations against him, he would be sunk. There's no way in hell a presidential candidate could have done all of those horrible things without it getting uncovered; ask Herman Caine, Bill Clinton and Gary Hart. Once the whole thing got uncovered Wingate's response was so utterly preposterous that it was laughable. Margolin wrote a decent story, but he needs to get a grip on reality.Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity

  • Kathy
    2019-04-29 07:28

    From a blog post I wrote in 2005:Philip Margolin's latest book, Lost Lake, is an intriguing read with plenty of conspiracies and violence. The story revolves around a member, Carl Rice, of a secret governmental "Unit" set up during Vietnam that engaged in illegal drug running and assassinations. Rice has been on the lam since the 80s but is arrested for assault during a kids Little League game when he defends the coach from a bullying parent. His arrest draws the attention of Vanessa Kohler, his high school girlfriend and the estranged daughter of General Wingate, a Presidential candidate and leader of the secret Unit. Or, is he?While nearly everyone involved portrays Rice and Kohler as paranoid delusional types since there's no concrete evidence of the Unit's existence, their lawyer, Ami Vergano, tries to find a way to prove their story.Good read with an interesting ending. I enjoyed the characters and wouldn't mind seeing more of them in the future.

  •  Marla
    2019-05-19 06:27

    3.5 stars. An unstable woman who hates her father recognizes a man she thought was dead. The murder of a congressman turns into the uncovering of a secret assassin squad. (view spoiler)[The incident that started this story, the baseball field attack would have been believable if Carl didn't stab the father with the pencil. A trained assassin would not have been caught up in the moment and used excessive force. He would be able to subdue as easily as kill. I was happy that Wingate didn't just kill Vanessa Kohler off and continued to claim to love his daughter. I assume Vanessa was correct and he did kill his wife too.Vanessa did sound crazy and so did Carl Rice/Daniel Morelli. I'm glad that they could prove that the general knew those men, but it still sounds like a jump to convict him of murder or such.With-reservations:language, sexual situations, murder, assassination, torture, drugs, drug running, kidnapping, psychiatric commitment, betrayal(hide spoiler)]

  • Melissa
    2019-05-07 05:41

    I've been watching Making a Murder on Netflix too. On there you don't really know who to believe, both sides are a little fishy just like in the book. But in the book I never was on the generals side. A couple of times when he was saying how much he loves his daughter and played the family card I thought to myself. Maybe he is telling the truth but that thought didn't last long. I hope Carl gets to see ami and Ryan in the future. Once I figured out Carl and Vanessa had this little romance I figured ok Carl and Vanessa will probably end up together. Then I felt bad cause Carl connected with ami and Ryan and they would be a nice family but that would be dangerous for them. So then the obvious choice for ami would be umm....dammit I can't remember the guys name but he was the other lawyer and gave ami a hard time in the beginning. I'm happy with how the book ended. It rare to have all your questions to be answered in a book.

  • Alison
    2019-05-25 12:38

    I become more and more fascinated by this author with each book I read. In "Lost Lake" it is clear from the beginning that I was going to be turning pages as fast as I could. Throughout the story (read other reviews)I had to determine who was lying and who was telling the truth. Was the daughter who had been institutionalized by her father, the General, after seeing a brutal murder of her boss telling the truth or is she really crazy? Was there really a secret black ops unit run by her father? Was the General (her father), now running for President of the US telling the truth that the unit doesn't exit? Was her boyfriend just being nice to her and placating her? And what about her high school boyfriend who is arrested after trying to stop a brawl at a little league baseball game? I couldn't figure out who was telling the truth and who was lying until the end of the book. No Hollywood story here.