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The novel begins in a San Francisco hotel room as Mary, now an NBC journalist, surveys the torn landscape of author Mark Ransom's apartment. Ransom is, or was, America's most eminent writer. As she tells the police, Ransom had uncovered new recorded evidence of an affair between a long-dead starlet and a now-sainted senator (shades of Marilyn Monroe and JFK). While Ransom and Mary were listening to the tapes, she claims, he tried to rape her and she killed him in self-defense. Mary turns to Paget to defend her in what becomes a complex case of missing and conflicting evidence. Old emotions are stirred between the two just as Paget begins to doubt Mary's innocence.
The suspense of Degree of Guilt is grounded in the twists and turns of the trial at the novel's center, but just as compelling is the emerging history of Mary and Paget, and Paget's struggles to keep his son out of the media frenzy surrounding his mother's case. As well, Patterson addresses the deeper ethical questions that face many lawyers as they decide which cases to take and which evidence to use. Capturing archetypal characters and situations, Degree of Guilt becomes a parable of American law. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book dragged on and on. It bored me and I skipped a few pages towards the end of the book just to get it finished. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Marli
Liked very much. Great read. Enjoy Patterson's. Work. Keep it up for a long long time. A fan of RichardPublished 2 months ago by phil
Have read 18 out of 25 of this authors books and have enjoyed them all. He has to be the best of any author that I have read lately. I'm looking forward tPublished 4 months ago by Ray Cooper
This is a good courtroom drama. I had read Richard North Patterson earlier; was not impressed. This book, though, was better... lots of subplots; lots of surprises. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JDW
Rather typical, even as far as the "surprises" go. Very readible but not a book I was sad about when it ended. There is a certain "they all sound alike" about it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephen P. Cohen