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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,418 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard North Patterson Narrator: T. J. Edward Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tony Lord Series Release Date:
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Silent Witness begins in 1967, in a small Midwestern town. Seventeen-year-old Tony Lord, Lake City’s star athlete, seems destined for great things. His driving ambition is precisely what attracts Alison Taylor, the daughter of the town’s leading family, and it is what sets Tony apart from his two closest friends: Sam Robb and Sam’s girl, Sue Cash.

Suddenly everything changes. Alison Taylor is brutally murdered, and Tony is the number-one suspect. The town turns against him. His friendship with Sam is destroyed. And Tony leaves Lake City, vowing never to return.

Twenty-seven years later, an urgent phone call from Sue changes Tony’s life once more. For Tony Lord is now a San Francisco lawyer—a relentless advocate dedicated to the defense of his clients. Sue’s plea for help is one he cannot ignore: her husband, Sam Robb, now the vice principal of Lake City High School, is suspected of the murder of a female student. In seeking to save him, Tony must confront not only the fear that Sam is a murderer, but the concealed passions and buried truths that underlie Alison’s death so long ago.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dennis | 2/18/2014

    " Like in most books of this type, the ending became obvious long before I got there, following the pattern of early "solutions" and red herrings, until it was obvious what was going to happen (unless something came out of left field - but that would spoil the fun, wouldn't it?) Still, it was well-written and I liked that it led me along by the hand rather than the nose. Good pacing (which is necessary in a book which which is long for this genre) and a reasonable plotline - although you did begin to wonder if the police were so stupid as to not having pursued some obvious lines of inquiry, not to mention that the killer needed a LOT of luck to get away with the first killing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Frederick Bingham | 2/12/2014

    " I listened to this on cassette on the way to Raleigh in July '2002.A story about an attorney named Tony Lord. He grows up in a rust belt town in Ohio. His last year of high school he is accused of murdering his girlfriend. He beats that rap, leaves the town and becomes a successful lawyer in San Francisco. Twenty-odd years later, a friend of his is accused of anther murder, this time of a teenage girl. Tony goes back to defend him and has to confront his own past.This book is definitely not for kids, with depictions of rape, child molestation and anal sex. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amanda | 2/9/2014

    " This is a multi-layered thriller, which is what I liked about it. It kept me turning the pages. It is the only Richard North Patterson book I've read and that was probably ten years ago... note to self: add him to my list of fav authors "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kimberlyn | 2/5/2014

    " tedious, predictable "

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