Phillip grew up in New York City and Levittown, New York. In 1970, he graduated from New York University School of Law. His first job after law school was a clerkship with Herbert M. Schwab, Chief Judge, Oregon Court of Appeals. From 1972 until 1996, he was in private practice in Portland, specializing in criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels. Heartstone was his first novel, which was nominated for an Edgar for best original paperback mystery of 1978. His second novel, The Last Innocent Man, was made into an HBO movie. Since 1996, Phillip has been writing full-time and all of his novels have been New York Times bestsellers. His latest novel, Capitol Murder, was published in April of 2012.
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