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Arthur Bright is the prosecutor of Erie County, but he wants to become mayor. His campaign attacks the new ballpark as a boondoggle, "a shameful diversion of public financing from such pressing needs as better schools, better housing, and safer streets." His protégé, Assistant County Prosecutor Stella Marz is 38, ambitious, and has been dubbed "the dark lady" by various defense lawyers. If Arthur wins the mayoral race, she intends to become prosecutor herself. But two murders involving drugs and twisted sex threaten her future.
First, Tommy Fielding, the project manager for Steelton 2000 (as the new home of the Steelton Blues will be called), is found dead in the company of a hooker--both apparently having overdosed on heroin. The fact that Fielding was gay and had never used drugs before bothers Stella and Chief Detective Nathaniel Dance. Their worries are soon pushed aside by another, more shocking murder--Jack Novak, a defense lawyer, is discovered hanging from his closet door, castrated and dressed in drag. Jack was once Stella's lover--and he was also one of Bright's largest contributors. For Stella, the murders are too close to home. "Maybe this is about me. But I have to see it through."
Dark Lady is shrouded by the dark clouds of deceit and greed, and the sleek structure of Steelton 2000 dominates the landscape like a Dr. Frankenstein's Castle with luxury boxes. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I ENJOYED THE BOOK. HAVE JUST STARTED READING PATTERSON'S BOOKS AGAIN AND HAVE ENJOYED THEM ALL THAT I HAVE READ.Published 6 days ago by DON REINEKING
I guess I was surprised that Richard North Patterson would write so much violence! I've read him for a long, long time, and none of the other books have been like this one. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Webster23
The story moved slowly, with perhaps too much minutia. It seemed to get bogged down in too much financial corruption.Published 6 months ago by NAYNAY
I realized I read it before but it's still good the second time. I'll take Richard
Patterson over James any day and they are not related. Read more
As usual Richard North Patterson has written a good novel.Published 7 months ago by Jack Randolph Smith