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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,332 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 Kerry Kilcannon Series Release Date: January 1998 ISBN: 9781415920657
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In his first book since the national best-seller Silent Witness, Richard North Patterson uses his mastery of characterization and suspense to give us a story of startling realism and originality--an extraordinary novel of presidential politics.
        In the year 2000, Senator Kerry Kilcannon's insurgent campaign against Vice President Dick Mason has come down to the last seven days--the time remaining until the California presidential primary. Whoever wins in California is likely to win the Democratic nomination, a prize that the Vice President is determined to deny Kerry at any cost. And for all the votes and enthusiasm his passion and personal magnetism have gained him, Kerry's problems are formidable.
        He is haunted by the tragedy of his older brother, James, a presidential candidate who was assassinated in California twelve years earlier. Kerry has stumbled in his advocacy of abortion rights, and a right-to-life fanatic has pushed this explosive issue to the forefront by murdering three people at a women's clinic. In addition, a journalist for a national newsmagazine is striving to verify the lethal story that, two years ago, while still married, Kerry had a secret love affair with Lara Costello, a reporter assigned to him on Capitol Hill. And now, even more threatening, Kerry is being stalked by the abortion-clinic murderer himself.
        This narrative is seamlessly interwoven with scenes from Kerry's past: his youth as the son of a drunken and abusive father; his self-image as the less-gifted younger brother of a brilliant yet distant senator; his reluctant ascension to his brother's place; his poignant romance with Lara Costello. And when Lara is ordered against her will to cover Kerry in California, he is forced once more to evaluate his life, and the terrible cost of his ambition to become President of the United States.
        With rare authenticity, Richard North Patterson depicts the world of high-stakes presidential politics on the verge of an explosion that is as dramatic as it is thought-provoking. But No Safe Place is also a story of people at their best and at their worst: their passions, their ideals, their flaws. A novel that will hold the reader enthralled from the first to the last sentence.


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Quotes & Awards

  • What is striking is how exactly right Patterson gets the politics and the journalism while telling a gripping tale that intertwines abuse and betrayal, ethics and ambition, romance and dysfunction. The San Jose Mercury News
  • Prescient . . . An important and impressive work of fiction . . . An exceptionally convincing, complex, and moving love story. The San Diego Union-Tribune
  • High drama . . . Emotion-rich characters . . . The pages turn quickly. The Washington Post Book World
  • Engrossing . . . Ambitious and well-written, No Safe Place is a sort of ethical suspense novel. The Wall Street Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/19/2014

    " I don't like politics, but I do enjoy psychology, so this was an interesting and enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcelle | 2/17/2014

    " Pure pleasure reading. I suspected some of the plot twists but not all so I enjoyed a few surprises. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 2/13/2014

    " No Safe Place is somewhat of a departure from what fans have come to expect from this author. While well-written, the plot is mostly predictable and mechanical. Unlike most other books by R.N. Patterson there are no major surprises. No Safe Place would be okay to take from the library but save your money to buy another book. "

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

    " Senator Kilcannon runs for President of U.S. while being hunted by a right to life activist who has already killed three people. "

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

    " well-written, compelling, if a bit idealistic. An interesting political "what if" that explores numerous moral issues. As a journalist, I relate to the struggle of the reporter characters to get the scoop while not "making" the news, and to attempt to retain impartial coverage on issues about which they have strong personal feelings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindi | 1/28/2014

    " Really enjoyed it! Once I got to a certain point, it was hard to put it down! "

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

    " One more great read from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 1/15/2014

    " This a first novel I have read of this author. My son bought it in Windsor, England. He is a good writer however politics and romance is not a good setup. This book would have been more enjoyable without love story. Otherwise it was a page turner. Some issues were repeated too many times and it gets boring. Hope to read his other books later "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce Hopkins | 1/13/2014

    " My first time with this author and I'll look forward to more. Set in a presidential campaign makes it particularly relevant for today. Well paced with attractive major and minor characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hope Sherman | 1/12/2014

    " Found this book on my shelf, and had never read it. Enjoyed it. Very fast paced, even though it was written over ten years ago - still very current with the news, media and the state of politics today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy R. | 1/10/2014

    " A great political thriller. I'm interested in reading the rest of the series. What will happen next to Kerry Kilcannon?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Plante | 12/24/2013

    " I am loving this book so far! It's a great mix of campaign trail action and a young lawyer's life in a prosecutor's office. Interesting character study of the protagonist with a little something for everyone- everyone who likes law and politics, that is! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 11/19/2013

    " At times it was hard to remember that this is a work of fiction--many political issues right out of the headlines--a real page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caleb Liu | 9/20/2013

    " I remember reading this in the middle of an economics lecture, with the book hidden within a large file of economics notes. I was ostensibly looking at a printed copy of the lecture notes. Goodness, was I that idle in JC? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 5/6/2013

    " This started out rough and I didn't love the ending, but it was great in between! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristin | 2/21/2013

    " Didn't get through it, boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Holman | 1/30/2013

    " I really liked this book. It is fast paced, brings the reader inside the often dirty world of politics and, in many ways lays out the authors beliefs - some of which I agree wih, others that I disagree with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 12/30/2012

    " I dug it as it was more of a love story, I guess I'm in touch with my feminine side! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Richard | 11/27/2012

    " A great riveting book that reminded me why I love political thrillers. The writing was intense yet easy to read! Can't wait to read number two "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 4/26/2012

    " The start of a series of three very well written books that delves into the who issue of guns in America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerri | 3/20/2012

    " Great Political thriller! Although the author states that this book is clearly fiction, todays headlines are found in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin | 3/16/2012

    " My favorite Richard North Patterson book so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 4/3/2011

    " Very well written, with a great twist at the end-I actually learned something about the American government. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 10/18/2010

    " One more great read from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 8/24/2010

    " A book about a fictional presidential campaign about the main character who seems to be modeled after Robert Kennedy and his opponent who seems to be like John McCain. Goood light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcelle | 6/13/2010

    " Pure pleasure reading. I suspected some of the plot twists but not all so I enjoyed a few surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J. | 6/3/2010

    " Nnow this is one of the best Richard North Patterson books that I have read. It grabbed you and took you through the book. A great write and read.

    J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 6/1/2010

    " Senator Kilcannon runs for President of U.S. while being hunted by a right to life activist who has already killed three people.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorin | 11/29/2009

    " The precursor to Balance of Power, this too is a political novel and traces one man's drive toward the presidency---despite his brother's assassination, despite attempts on his life. Sound familiar. Maybe. But the plot-driven story will keep you moving along.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerri | 11/20/2009

    " Great Political thriller! Although the author states that this book is clearly fiction, todays headlines are found in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/14/2009

    " I read this book because it's a bit of a prequel to Protect and Defend. This has good, juicy political drama - which I definitely liked. The mix of politicians and the press interested me. It also built up well to an exciting conclusion. "

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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.