Woman With A Gun

Woman With A Gun

A Novel

Large Print - 2014
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"Visiting an art museum displaying a retrospective of acclaimed photographer Kathy Moran's work, aspiring novelist Stacey 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 image 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.
Edition: 1st HarperLuxe ed.
ISBN: 9780062344137
0062344137
Call Number: MARGOLIN
Characteristics: 379 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.
Subjects: Photographs -- Fiction.
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Suspense fiction.
Mystery fiction.

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BABookreader
Aug 12, 2017

While I have enjoyed listening to several of Margolin's audiobooks, this reader just could not produce a satisfactory reading. All the women sounded much the same as did the male characters. In addition, the recording was actually quite hard to hear as it is on Hoopla which has widely-known volume issues.

I have to admit, for a reading of a mystery, I did not enjoy the way the reader characterized the women by using a "whispery" voice for them. For example, in one scene a woman had been attacked and was using this soft sexy whisper to report the assault. (In quite a few pages of the book I had the feeling that the reader was more interested in creating a "pretty" voice pattern, than in giving a realistic reading for the audience.) This scene in particular just felt false.

Even the male police characters had very soft voices, not at all as one would expect a male police officer to sound when investigating a murder.

From now on, I will avoid books read by this reader.

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gisdennie
Aug 01, 2017

Very good read, will read more by this author.

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slang123
Mar 25, 2016

Always good to read a well written book. In "Woman with a Gun" Phillip Margolin takes time and builds the scene. As an example, a character does not simply drive to his destination: "Then Jack hit the coast highway, a narrow, twisting road on the edge of the ocean. When Jack risked a westward glance, he saw jagged rock formations that rose like giants from the Pacific and waves crashing on the beaches that ended below high, weatherworn cliffs."

Characters are well developed. Hints to eventual outcomes are present early on, but are well hidden by the casual presentation. As the story wrapped up, I found myself saying "oh, yeah, I knew that..."

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catspaws
Aug 02, 2015

Very entertaining story...well written. I am now reading his other books...he's a really good writer.

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rpavlacic
Mar 28, 2015

This was a fun and engaging book to read although, as some commenters have noted, the way the initially arrested suspect, not the bride in the picture, is acquitted is half-baked at best (not to mention confusing even though it is spelled out in writing). Enough to keep the reader in suspense, although the careful reader will figure out whodunit simply by looking at the photograph in question - used fictitiously here, but in real life has become one of the iconic photos of our time.

16monroe Mar 09, 2015

I have been reading his books for years. When I saw he wrote this and the picture on the cover, I knew I had to read it. Good read!

Dazio Mar 09, 2015

Once in a while you come across a book that you simply cannot put down. This is one of those books! Phillip Margolin grabs your attention from the first page and doesn't let go all the way through the ending.

akasq Feb 24, 2015

THRILLS, MYSTERY and SUSPENSE, this novel has it all.
Told by a gifted storyteller.
PHILLIP MARGOLIN has out done
himself.
"WOMEN WITH A GUN" is one
of the most enjoyable books I read in a long time.

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Sundowner
Jan 15, 2015

Margolin seems to know even less about the justice process than the DA, who was not aware that a party to an offense does not make a credible witness.

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