Lost Lake

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: Phillip M. Margolin
Narrator: Deborah Hazlett
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: March 2005
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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It's a beautiful summer night in Portland, Oregon. Ami Vergano, a young attorney and single mother, arrives at her son Ryan's little league game with their tenant and new friend, Dan Morelli. When the assistant coach calls in sick, Morelli seems happy to help out.But then one player roughly blocks another and a fight erupts. Before the game ends, Ami witnesses violence that shocks and horrifies her and makes her question everything she thought she knew about Morelli.

On the other side of the continent, ex-mental patient Vanessa Kohler, a reporter for Exposed, a tabloid that specializes in alien abduction stories, watches a piece on television about the little league massacre and quickly places a call to the FBI. For years she's been telling anyone who will listen about a vast government conspiracy to conceal a secret military unit headed by General Morris Wingate, a presidential candidate, and for years everyone has dismissed her stories. But when Vanessa sees Dan Morelli fighting, she believes she's found the key to proving that her theories are true.

Vanessa hires Ami Vergano to represent Morelli, who is charged with attempted murder, and Ami is drawn into Vanessa's paranoid world. Are Vanessa, a former mental patient, and Morelli, a confessed mass murder, telling the truth about one of the nation's most respected soldiers and politicians? Or are their charges the products of two sick minds? Ami has to decide who and what to believe in Phillip Margolin's most exciting and surprising thriller since his breakout bestseller Gone, But Not Forgotten.

Performed by Kristine Sutherland

Reviews (11)

Lost Lake

Written by Wanda Weinberger on February 21st, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This a great book it is exciting and good to listen to while you are driving

Lost Lake

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on November 29th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was an interesting story that started out more of a human interest story but quickly turned into political intrigue. Good court room drama. The reader was excellent.

Lost Lake

Written by Theresa on February 12th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was a good book to listen to. I liked it a lot. Not the best I've listened to, but I would recommend it. You will enjoy it, it keeps moving and keeps your interest up. It's easy to keep straight and has a good ending.

Lost Lake

Written by Nanette on November 9th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I loved, loved, loved this book. I liked the story line and the characters. Not sure why others thought it was too long or boring. I thought is was a great listen and worth my time.

Predictable Simple Story

Written by Ann from Washington, DC on August 27th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Too predictable. I feel fortunate that I did not listen to the unabridged version. Five cds was enough for me. A very simple plot which one might find in a made-for-tv movie.

I pass on it

Written by Greysy Valdes on August 11th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Man, this book bored me to tears. I could not even finish it. The reader was as uninteresting as the book. Wish I could have back the 2 hours I spent on it.


Written by Ed Jacques on July 2nd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was my first book by the author and I have no regrets. The book had a good pace and some interesting characters. I thought the author did a good job developing the characters going into the right amount of detail for each. I like the way he tied up all the loose end as the story progressed. The listener is not left wondering too much but just enough to keep you interested. I felt a bit lost at the end wondering what happened to the main character, but not enough to be disappointed. I thought the narrator did a great job. She did not overplay the voices of the characters but seemed to have a good grasp of the emotions she needed to interject. Her reading of the book added to my enjoyment of it for sure. Worth the listen.

Not the greatest, but not a waste

Written by Texas Reader on June 19th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

On the whole, I definitely think this book is worth a read (or a listen). The writing was formulaic, but not condescending. The story flowed well, and the multiple plot elements came together nicely. I don't want to be spoiler for anyone, so I'll just say that the book ties up neatly in a nice bow that I can't believe would happen in real life. I found that I really didn't care about the characters all that much, and it felt really necessary for me to do so here. I didn't. I was unimpressed with the narrarator.


Written by Anonymous on May 12th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book was as exciting as most of Phillip Margolin's books, but the only thing I didn't like about it was the ending left you wondering about what exactly would be the relationship between the two main characters.

lost lake

Written by Lee Werley from Chapel Hill, NC on November 30th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was an exciting book and keep me on the edge of my chair. I sometimes paint while I'm listening but on this one I really wanted to concentrate so I put my brush down and just listened. Good story and battle between good and evil.

Author Details

Author Details

Margolin, Phillip M.

"For almost 25 years, Phillip Margolin worked as a criminal defense attorney in Portland, Oregon at both the trial and appellate levels. During his law career, he tried a great number of cases and even argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1974, Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine published a short story he had written called ""The Girl in the Yellow Bikini."" This achievement gave Margolin the confidence he needed to begin writing books. The general public was introduced to Phillip Margolin --- the novelist --- when Heartstone was released in 1978.

Margolin has used his extensive knowledge of the law and his many years of experience in the courtroom to write a series of highly successful and popular legal thrillers, all of which have been New York Times bestsellers. His latest effort is Ties That Bind and, if his past successes are any indication, this novel will be the next great ""edge-of-your-seat"" thriller.

To celebrate the release of Ties That Bind, AuthorsOnTheWeb has chosen Phillip Margolin as our Author of the Month. Readers can learn more about Margolin's life and works through trivia questions, fast facts and biographical information, as well as links to his website, bibliography and book reviews."

Margolin, Phillip

Phillip Margolin has written nineteen novels, many of them New York Times bestsellers, including his latest novels Woman with a Gun, Sleight of Hand, and the Washington trilogy. Each displays a unique, compelling insider s view of criminal behavior, which comes from his long background as a criminal defense attorney who has handled thirty murder cases. Winner of the Distinguished Northwest Writer Award, he lives in Portland, Oregon.