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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,212 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard North Patterson Narrator: Holter Graham Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Both a razor-sharp thriller and a poignant love story, this twisting tale of psychological suspense is Patterson's most compelling novel in years

Mark Darrow grew up in a small Ohio town with no real advantages beyond his intelligence and athletic ability. But thanks to the intervention of Lionel Farr—a professor at Caldwell, the local college—Darrow became an excellent student and, later, a superb trial lawyer. Now Farr asks his still-youthful protégé for a life-altering favor. An embezzlement scandal has threatened Caldwell's very existence—would Darrow consider becoming its new president?

Darrow accepts, but returning to his alma mater opens old wounds. Sixteen years ago, on the night of his greatest triumph as Caldwell's star quarterback, he discovered the body of a black female student named Angela Hall at the base of the Spire, the bell tower that dominates the leafy campus. His best friend, Steve Tillman, was charged with Angela's murder and ultimately sent to prison for life. But now, even as Darrow begins the daunting task of leading Caldwell, he discovers that the case against his friend left crucial questions unanswered. Despite his new obligations—and his deepening attachment to Farr's beautiful though troubled daughter—Darrow begins his own inquiry into the murder. Soon he becomes convinced that Angela's killer is still at large, but only when another mysterious death occurs does he understand that his own life is at risk.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Holter Graham does wonderful things with the voices in this story of racism, sexual sadism, and justice delayed...Patterson and Graham make this first-class listening. AudioFile

  • An enthralling saga that captivates the reader from the beginning to end, highly recommended. The Midwest Book Review
  • Performed by Holter Graham, it's edge of your seat all the way. BookPage
  • The Spire is an entertaining yarn...Mr. Holter Graham does a superb job. Examiner.com

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lorie | 2/19/2014

    " Interesting, but not great. The end took me by surprise, because I thought I knew who would be the bad guy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sam | 2/14/2014

    " My last Richard North Patterson book. His characters are so one dimentional - they don't talk - they orate. Don't like them at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathy | 2/2/2014

    " College story; good book. Mark Darrow consents to become the new college president, leaving behind an excellent law practice. Murders and cover up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anne Marie | 1/30/2014

    " Good characters, creepy story line and for the most part you don't anticipate what's going to happen next. "

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