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Dark Lady Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2000
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a good story, although Patterson does like to write about twisted sex a lot.
The eponymous heroine is Stella Marz , a prosecuting attorney in the fictitious town of Steelton ,once a prosperouus town founded on heavy industry ,now in recession and split on ethnic grounds .
When her ex lover ,Narcotics cop Jack Novack is found dead in bizarre circumstances suggestive of deviant sexual practices ,it seets in train a series of events that threaten to impact on the Majoral race and to potentially sabotage her chances of becoming City Prosecutor .The current ,white ,Major is Krajek whose grand regeneration scheme for the city encompasses a new baseball stadium and he is oppoosed by Stella's boss the balck Prosecutor Arthur Bright .The battle over the stadium project is the key to the book
and more killings are on the way before the book is over
The story is too thin to justify the 500 plus page length but it does have ,in Stella an interesting a complex heroine , one by no means wholly likeable .She is driven to seek out her roots within thje Polish community from which she sprang and this gives her a touch of humanity that she would otherwise lack
The portait of industrial decline and the inexorable split of the community between reacial groups is pessiimistic .
Please Mr Patterson -keep it shorter next time around .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dark Lady by Richard North Patterson
Legal thriller does not really describe this book. There is anguished soul searching, perverse sex and brutal murders set in an... Read more
As always, Richard North Patterson delivers a great read. His characters come alive with the turn of every page!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Only our second RN Patterson novel, we agree with the many readers who found aptly titled “Dark Lady” really dark, detailed, and often boring. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jerry Bull
It was an enjoyable read with several surprises. The pace was good and made you want to continue reading.Published 6 months ago by maxine temkin
A very good book, not quite as good as some of his, but still wonderfulPublished 7 months ago by Carol Ruthen
This author is good. However the sex
topic was disturbing. I guess it was too graphic at times.
I like many of his writings and will look forward to another book.
Preferred other books by this author, but this book is not a waste of time: it is a good read until it strains the bounds of credulity once too often, and then there goes the plot,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by SWOregonDem
I ENJOYED THE BOOK. HAVE JUST STARTED READING PATTERSON'S BOOKS AGAIN AND HAVE ENJOYED THEM ALL THAT I HAVE READ.Published 12 months ago by DON REINEKING