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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (763 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phillip Margolin Narrator: Margaret Whitton Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Amanda Jaffe Series Release Date: June 2006 ISBN: 9780061134722
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Doug Weaver is a defense attorney who always believes the best of his clients, and Jacob Cohen, on trial for murder, is no exception. Jacob may be homeless and mentally ill, but Doug can't believe that this meek and intensely religious man could have killed and dismembered a woman. Yet Bernard Cashman, a forensic expert at the Oregon State Crime Lab, finds evidence that indisputably connects Cohen with the crime.

Frustrated and confused, Doug consults Amanda Jaffe, who, with her father, Frank, is working on a case that seems completely unrelated -- gangster Art Prochaska is accused of murdering an informer. When Amanda starts looking too closely at the seemingly air-tight evidence in these two apparently unconnected cases, people start to die -- and she discovers that a madman with the power to alter the truth is on the loose.

From the author whose writing the Chicago Tribune called "twisted and brilliant," Proof Positive promises all the plot twists and gasp-inducing surprises that are Margolin's undisputed trademark.

Performed by Nanette Savard

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] heart-pounder.”

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • “Intricate, intriguing...A good reading thriller.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “[Margolin] deftly manages a large cast of characters and ties the many plot lines together with enough clever twists to satisfy faithful fans and newcomers.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A fast-moving plot...The increasing popularity [of] CSI... virtually guarantees this novel a wide and appreciative audience.” 

    Booklist

  • “Margolin sure knows how to bring [readers] into a courtroom and make them feel as if they are members of the jury...The real power of the author’s writing lies in his ability to clear away the fog that often obscures legal action...Two distinct narratives are skillfully interwoven into a story that challenges the imagination until the very end. Margolin definitely retains his reputation as one of the best courtroom drama authors of all time.”

    Library Journal

  • “A briskly paced, cleverly plotted, long-overdue switch on all those heroic forensics guys.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/12/2014

    " What happens when a forensic expert, a self-appointed "hero", plants evidence to get the bad guys convicted in several cases - a great story on an unusual premise. A solid B+. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raymond | 2/9/2014

    " Proof Positive is a well written legal/crime thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Rader | 1/25/2014

    " Not my favorite, sort of a simple plot, however I did guess the culprit wrong in the beginning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marti | 1/22/2014

    " This is a book that I have been reading while using my stationary bike, sporadically. I have already forgotten some of what I have read. Persons end up being accused unjustly, and evidence is tampered with by other people who are supposed to be trustworthy. It was rather interesting, and I believe that I have read other books by Mr. Margolin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgiacyn | 1/17/2014

    " I did not read Wild Justice prior to reading Proof Positive. The characters are well developed enough within this book that is not necessary to have read anything connected books prior. Margolin does a great job of tying together very different characters from different worlds and involved in the cases of very different crimes that initially seem completely unrelated. He vividly describes everything without getting overly graphic. I really enjoyed this book and have already purchased my by this author to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/15/2014

    " Good book, enjoyed it alot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candace | 1/2/2014

    " This was a great CSI-type mystery. It was all about the forensic evidence in cases. Definately a well written book that I really enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 12/29/2013

    " Amanda Jaffe #3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe O'c | 12/23/2013

    " Excellent; Continuing character: Amanda Jaffe: a criminalist is creating his own evidence in order to ensure people he thinks ought to be punished are; Jaffe, her father, and another lawyer begin to unravel the mystery as the bodies pile up "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 12/16/2013

    " This is a decent book - it took a couple of chapters to get going, and then it became a real page turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Indra | 11/22/2013

    " it's like a csi program... not the best... not that bad... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene | 10/7/2013

    " This one started off a little bit slow, but by the middle of the book, it became another "page-turner!!!" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gary | 10/3/2013

    " Boring. Do not care about the characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teena in Toronto | 9/5/2013

    " I like Margolin's books, though I hadn't read any in a while. I enjoyed this book. I found it confusing at first keeping the characters straight but was fine once I got to know them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony Kime | 7/19/2013

    " Forensic tech gone bad so he can put bad people away. "Evidence" distracts the good guys and the reader. If you need a mind dump, this is it. Entertaining and well written. Better then some of his other books... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 5/14/2013

    " really enjoyed this one ...exciting thriller mistery, frightening that things like this can happen "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Dickison | 4/18/2013

    " Good Amanda & Frank Jaffe novel dealing with a prosecution witness, a forensics expert, who is faking his results. Amanda pairs with attorney Doug Weaver to figure out the shenanigans. Recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shauna | 3/16/2013

    " Found this book in my sister's stash. Looks like she or someone else bought it for a plane trip from the OK airport. That should explain how good the book was.(That it was bought at an airport, not that it came from my sister's stash) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jen | 2/28/2013

    " YUCK. This book was so boring for me that I returned it without even reading halfway through...and I NEVER do that. It just felt like the author was trying too hard, and I could totally see where it was going. I guess I just wasn't interested. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Fahy | 7/9/2012

    " On of Phillip Margolin's best "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 5/13/2012

    " This book hooks you from the very beginning. When I read this book I did not want to put it down even to sleep or eat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Phillips | 2/13/2012

    " Good solid story. Margolin's stuff is very easy to read. All the good guys don't win in the end, and all the bad guys don't necessarily get what's coming to them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samantha | 12/30/2011

    " I thought it was predictable & hardly thrilling. A quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie Sexton | 12/13/2011

    " Yay Good! Like CSI in a book. I didn't know I was going to like it as much as I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drick | 11/23/2011

    " A crimininalist takes it upon himself to falsify evidence on suspects he feels desrving of death and imprisonment. The book is wellw ritten and engaging - a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 9/27/2011

    " Not one of my favorites by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charisa Flaherty | 7/20/2011

    " Quick, exciting, easy, enjoyable read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shauna | 4/15/2011

    " Found this book in my sister's stash. Looks like she or someone else bought it for a plane trip from the OK airport. That should explain how good the book was.(That it was bought at an airport, not that it came from my sister's stash) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 10/31/2010

    " Not one of my favorites by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 7/14/2010

    " Just got introduced to this author a few months ago and really like his writing style. Fast moving, suspense along with tense action. Story revolves around forensics faking, a little mob involvement and the proverbial innocent guy conficted unfairly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 7/11/2010

    " it took too long for the bad guy to be caught -- and until he was, too gruesome, with too many deaths -- definitely not a book I will want to read again :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene | 3/19/2010

    " This one started off a little bit slow, but by the middle of the book, it became another "page-turner!!!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katharine | 2/27/2010

    " I listened to this book on CD on this week's trip to Seattle. It was a real good suspence, I hated to see it end. I forgot how much I have enjoyed Phillip Margolin. He is a Portland Author and his books take place in Portland, which is cool to recognize locations and scenes in his book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 10/24/2009

    " Excellent; Continuing character: Amanda Jaffe: a criminalist is creating his own evidence in order to ensure people he thinks ought to be punished are; Jaffe, her father, and another lawyer begin to unravel the mystery as the bodies pile up
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Breia | 9/14/2009

    " Good, not great but definitely not bad. Took my time reading it so perhaps I lost interest. Will continue to read Phillip Margolin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Blurb | 8/31/2009

    " When you have to look at the cover of the book again to remember the title, you know it's not great. Airport read that I forgot also before I finished it.
    [taken from Regent Palms free book library in Turks and Caicos:] "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 7/20/2009

    " I listened to an abridged audio version and it took out much of the excess that other readers complained about. I thought it was a good story. "

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About the Author
Author Phillip Margolin

Phillip Margolin has written more than a dozen New York Times bestselling mysteries for adults, including Gone, but Not Forgotten; Executive Privilege; and Wild Justice. With Vanishing Acts, he achieved two new firsts—his first book for young readers and his first book with his daughter, Ami Margolin Rome.

About the Narrator

Margaret Whitton's performing career includes extensive work on and off Broadway, numerous television appearances, and roles in such films as Major League, The Man Without a Face, and Ironweed.