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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,015 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard North Patterson Narrator: Ken Howard Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Christopher Paget Series Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780375418082
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Powerful, glamorous television journalist Mary Carelli is charged with the murder of famed novelist Mark Ransom. However, she pleads self-defense against rape. Christopher Paget, Mary’s attorney (and former lover), prepares to shock the courtroom with revelations about Ransom’s past as a twisted sexual predator. But as the trial unfolds, Paget is in for some surprises of his own. He learns that Mary may not be telling the whole truth about the rape, and that she may well have a secret motive for murder. Meanwhile, newly disclosed tapes of Ransom force Mary to confront ugly secrets about her own past, including testimony at congressional hearings fifteen years earlier that led to her stardom and helped Paget bring down the president of the United States.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 2/18/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 2/7/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Fitzgerald | 2/4/2014

    " one of the best of his books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 2/2/2014

    " 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 Anne Halsted | 1/27/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 1/27/2014

    " 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 Loren | 1/22/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aries | 1/21/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/16/2014

    " Richard North Patterson is a great author. This is an exciting courtroom drama! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/13/2014

    " Meh. This started to feel a bit like the later episodes of E.R. -- anyone who worked in that E.R. should have been catatonic after being subjected to all the trauma of previous seasons. Paget feels this way to me here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/10/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 1/4/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nonie | 12/27/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scarlett | 12/4/2013

    " This is my favorite of his books. It's another who-done-it murder mystery and makes for excellent reading on the beach or poolside. Very fast-paced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clifford | 12/1/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rick | 8/3/2013

    " The story was interesting, one character was worthwhile; the writing was absolutely terrible - hack-work. How many times in one book can a rich & famous writer use the phrase, "(s)he narrowed (her) his eyes, as though ...."? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Dinger | 1/13/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 1/10/2013

    " Good read - kept my attention and interest - plot was a little different than most which I found to be refreshing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 10/5/2012

    " 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". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 5/26/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/23/2012

    " 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 Eric | 11/24/2011

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

  • 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?
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  • 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 Narrator

Ken Howard, the Tony and two-time Emmy Award–winning actor, was a working member of the Screen Actors Guild for over forty years before being elected the national president in 2009. He has narrated more than thirty bestselling audiobooks.