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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: September 2009 ISBN: 9781427208088
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 1/28/2014

    " terrible writing, unrealistic dialog, two dimensional characters. Just plain awful "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janel | 1/20/2014

    " entirely too predictable "

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

    " So far I am liking this book, light and some depth to the main character. It is a murder mystery in a rural town in Ohio, the popular and successful graduate of the town's college returns as President and reopens a murder case he was involved in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Season Keiffer | 12/12/2013

    " Not a typical RNP book, but it is a good read. I enjoyed the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annette | 11/29/2013

    " Not his best but entertaining. "

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

    " I am big fan of this author, but he needs to work harder on his mystery novels. I had this one figured out early in the book. His clues are too obvious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/15/2013

    " It was engaging...and enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Naomi | 11/13/2013

    " I like some of Patterson's other books better. What is really scary is that I figured out who the murderer was about 100 pages before the end of the book and that's a little unreal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Connie | 7/31/2013

    " This is the second RNP book I have read and both of them took me a long time to finish. The Spire was ok, not a real page turner, didn't real like any of the characters and the story was predictable. I don't understand how this guy is so popular. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 7/7/2013

    " good story, they should make it a movie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Glickman | 5/14/2013

    " I really like how Richard Patterson writes. I loved the book Exile. This was a really good thriller but not quite as good as Exile! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/27/2013

    " The Spire was different from Richard North Patterson's other recent books in that it was less "educational" on a particular theme and instead was just a good suspense novel. Three stars because I didn't love the characters, but it was a good page-turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 12/18/2012

    " The other Richard North Patterson novels I have read were more political and more thrilling. The Spire is a psychological drama and decent but too predictable for my tastes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 12/3/2012

    " It got some bad reviews when I got it but I really enjoyed it. Kept me reading. First time I've read this author. I did predict the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyle Williams | 11/28/2012

    " Well written. Decent enough ending to a mystery. Kind of saw it coming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michal Knight | 10/26/2012

    " Something else that I am used to, but a great book indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren | 6/7/2012

    " The Spire is a departure from RNP's recent political novels, fitting in better with his older work. Not exactly unpredictable, but I don't think that hurt the story much. It was a nice change of pace, and I wonder if he will be doing more of these with his heavier books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 5/23/2012

    " More stuff I picked up in desperation from the limited selection in Sanur (Bali)......it passed the time on the plane home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christan | 4/16/2012

    " I've read all his books. He's a guilty pleasure. I wanted to give it 4 stars but couldn't because I knew the ending 10 pages into the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 3/22/2012

    " Very predictable outcome. I like Richard North Patterson but this one took a long time to get to the end, maybe because I was sure I had figured it out, and I had. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 11/19/2011

    " Patterson usually does a better job of writing than this. Think he just wanted to make money on his name. He is a lawyer and has written some very good stuff on important legal subjects. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 4/28/2011

    " Ok. He's just churning them out by now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 3/19/2011

    " A little too predictable for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 3/12/2011

    " I like Mr. Patterson as an author. This book wasn't one of his best. It is a decent mystery, but doesn't have the depth of his normal novels. Good beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Marie | 1/25/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/21/2011

    " Guessed the killer early, recognized Ohio Weslayan though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauriezeitlin | 1/9/2011

    " very good story and quick read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 1/1/2011

    " I would have rated this higher but I didn't like the way the author attempted to tie up all the loose ends in a paragraph. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gail | 1/1/2011

    " Patterson usually does a better job of writing than this. Think he just wanted to make money on his name. He is a lawyer and has written some very good stuff on important legal subjects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jglhome | 12/28/2010

    " Considering it's a Richard North Patterson book, it was pretty good. entertaining anyway. Listened to it in the car. Perfect for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Season | 11/3/2010

    " Not a typical RNP book, but it is a good read. I enjoyed the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 10/28/2010

    " Good audio read. The convicted is innocent, the obvious guilty party is innocent, but the only other suspect seemed so improbably innocent. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 10/18/2010

    " Very predictable outcome. I like Richard North Patterson but this one took a long time to get to the end, maybe because I was sure I had figured it out, and I had. "

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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

Holter Graham, winner of AudioFile’s 2008 Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron, is a stage, television, and screen actor. He has recorded numerous audiobooks and earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, his film credits include Fly Away Home, Maximum Overdrive, Hairspray, and The Diversion, a short film which he acted in and produced. On television, he has appeared in Army Wives, Damages, As the World Turns, Rescue Me, Law & Order, and New York Undercover. He received a BA degree from Skidmore College and an MFA from Vermont College.