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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,992 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard North Patterson Narrator: Alexander Adams, Grover Gardner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Christopher Paget Series Release Date: January 1994 ISBN: 9780736698184
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Mary Carelli, one of the most powerful women in TV journalism, is charged with the murder of Mark Ransom, America's most eminent novelist. Her attorney, Christopher Paget, sets out to shock the courtroom with revelations about Ransom as a twisted sexual predator. But as the trial unfolds, it is Paget who will be surprised...by Mary's secret motive for murder...by evidence that Mary is lying...by a woman prosecutor who believes Mary invented the story of rape...and by an enigmatic judge with an agenda of her own.... Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A Main Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club
  • One intense courtroom clash after another...An intelligent and gripping thriller. The Washington Post

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 2/9/2014

    " I'm a fan of Richard North Patterson. Not only are his books well-written, but they often incorporate ethical challenges faced by his characters. This particular book was beautifully written, had well-developed characters whom I cared about and who intrigued me, and had an elegant plot that came together in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorin Cary | 2/2/2014

    " A legal thriller that lives up to the genre designation. Renowed TV journalist Mary Capelli is charged with the murder of a famous novelist. She claims he attempted to rape her and that she shot him in self-defense. Defending her is Christopher Paget. They share a past secret, and a son. The build up to the trial is fascinating and Patterson's handling of his characters and the issue of evidence is compelling. I was stopped in a few places by sudden point-of-view shifts, but not enough to make me set the book aside. This is a page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 1/29/2014

    " A reasonably good read. I sometimes found the characters far fetched, and I'm not quite sure that I bought into the ending ...but entertaining and distracting which is what I look for in a "page turner". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 1/27/2014

    " Great murder mystery. I love Patterson's hero, Christopher Paget. He's endearing, smart, likable. For mature readers given the specifics of the murder. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 1/10/2014

    " I started this book in March. It started off with a lot of promise. Unfortunately, about 1/3 of the way through I realized I simply didn't like any of the characters so it was hard to care what became of them. At that point Degree of Guilt became my back up book, to be read when nothing better was on my night stand. After a couple months so I started skipping through. I probably read the first third, a few short middle sections and the final 5% so maybe I inadvertently skipped over some great parts that would have drawn me back in, but I don't think so. Time to put it on my did-not-finish shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/26/2013

    " It kept you guessing almost to the end, not whether she killed her adversary, but what was her motivation to kill him. Was she guilty of murder or was it self-defense? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 12/25/2013

    " Very good book. Great character development, like able and realistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 12/10/2013

    " older book, sounded very 90's, materialistic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 11/4/2013

    " An attorney thriller with lots of plot twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 8/31/2013

    " I really liked this book...it kept me guessing about what really happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renata | 8/28/2013

    " Very good legal thriller, looking forward to reading "Eyes of a child" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nonie | 8/20/2013

    " Good story but seemed too long for the action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 8/2/2013

    " A true mystery by a gifted author. A screenplay of this book has aired several times on Lifetime or an affiliate station. James David Elliott of JAG fame stars. Very good read, and very good movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 7/18/2013

    " Good page-turner. Also thoughtful about various contexts of sexual violence towards women - within and without marriage. Do we make the word rape work too hard to cover these - or not hard enough? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie Chabrol- | 5/26/2013

    " Mary Carelli is one fine character and it was written so well, loved it thank you for keeping me so intrigued "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 4/13/2013

    " I would like to say that I enjoyed this book, but enjoy is the wrong word as some of the writing was very graphic (I now know that I have led a very sheltered life), but I was gripped by the book and quite literally couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Dinger | 4/13/2013

    " This was a readable effort, but really it offered no suprises and if you couldn't figure out what was what in the first few pages, you must not have been paying attention. However Patterson does create believable characters and catch your interests. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Fitzgerald | 3/24/2013

    " one of the best of his books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aries | 2/21/2013

    " Il primo libro nella cronologia di Richard N. Patterson tra quelli pubblicati in Italia, purtroppo quattro libri sono ancora inediti e vanno letti in originale.Un legal thriller splendido, avvincente ed emozionante, con protagonista Christopher Paget. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizdickie | 2/6/2013

    " Excellent courtroom thriller! Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loren | 10/13/2012

    " My first Richard North Patterson. It was an entertaining courtroom drama, well written, and about as good as they come for what it was - that is, a courtroom drama. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbi | 9/29/2012

    " This was the first book I read by Richard North Patterson and it got me hooked. The story is very engaging, with lots of unexpected twists and turns. The end really surprised me, and totally explained the title. I've read all of his books, and this one is still my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 3/28/2012

    " Love the courtroom drama. The interpersonal relationships are a little over done for my taste. But over all this is a good trilogy series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 3/13/2012

    " Riveting. Could not put the book down for the last 40%. Courtroom drama's not usually my thing, but this was a good one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clifford | 8/31/2011

    " Great read 3rd person Om to follow. Enjoyed. An early court case and acquittal of a woman then lost scope of where this story was going, however over all, the personal relationship of son being raised by a friend and not the real father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda Kelly | 8/13/2011

    " A great book ! I think they made it into a film too but wouldn't swear to it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbi | 3/6/2011

    " This was the first book I read by Richard North Patterson and it got me hooked. The story is very engaging, with lots of unexpected twists and turns. The end really surprised me, and totally explained the title. I've read all of his books, and this one is still my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 2/20/2011

    " A good read in terms of not wanting to put it down. He is a very good writer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 1/3/2011

    " Riveting. Could not put the book down for the last 40%. Courtroom drama's not usually my thing, but this was a good one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 10/26/2010

    " Love the courtroom drama. The interpersonal relationships are a little over done for my taste. But over all this is a good trilogy series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/13/2010

    " Court room drama about a Lawyer defending his ex wife from murder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 4/12/2010

    " A great book ! I think they made it into a film too but wouldn't swear to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/23/2010

    " This is a page-turner court room drama. the main plot as well as the sub plots are captivating. I don't believe the ending would have happened in real life, but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 11/22/2009

    " The 2nd of the Cristopher Paget series...The woman from the Lasko Tangent and mother of Paget's son is accused of murder and the ensuing trial opens many wounds...okay read only "

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

    " It kept you guessing almost to the end, not whether she killed her adversary, but what was her motivation to kill him. Was she guilty of murder or was it self-defense?
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 3/1/2009

    " This was a readable effort, but really it offered no suprises and if you couldn't figure out what was what in the first few pages, you must not have been paying attention. However Patterson does create believable characters and catch your interests. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 1/1/2009

    " A reasonably good read. I sometimes found the characters far fetched, and I'm not quite sure that I bought into the ending ...but entertaining and distracting which is what I look for in a "page turner". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 12/8/2008

    " RNP's books are full of "edge of your seat" political suspense supported by wonderful character development. This is the best place to start to get a sense of his volume of work. "

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About the Author
Author Richard North Patterson

Richard North Patterson is the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil’s Light, In the Name of Honor, The Spire, and a number of other bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC’s liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. Patterson has appeared on such programs as the Today show, Good Morning America, Hardball with Chris Matthews, and Buchanan and Press

About the Narrators

Alexander Adams was named by AudioFile as one of the Best Voices of the Century and now includes him in their annual Golden Voices roundup of top narration talent. He has recorded over 500 audiobooks. To date he has won eighteen of AudioFile‘s coveted Earphone Awards and one Audie Award.

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.