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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Audio edition (January 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679439528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679439523
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,855,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Patterson has recycled some of the characters and one of the subplots from last year's hit, Degree of Guilt, into a new novel that can still be enjoyed without knowledge of the previous one. Young Latina lawyer Teresa Peralta, aide and lover to Degree hero Christopher Paget, is fighting to get away from creepy husband Richie Arias and take daughter Elena with her, when Richie is found dead, in what looks like murder disguised as suicide. Paget is the prime suspect, and most of the book is a detailed account of his trial. It's obvious he knows more about Arias's death than he's willing to tell, to the frustration of his brilliant defense lawyer (she was the judge in Degree). Local San Francisco politics and an accusation of child molestation against Paget's teenage son contribute to this complex brew, in which, as before, narrative skill and legal know-how take precedence over characterization and credibility. The court scenes are absorbing, covering such issues as jury selection, and the lawyerly give-and-take is convincing, but the romantic interludes fail to take wing (Paget remains a cipher throughout). Any seasoned reader will spot the murderer quite early. Still, it's a long, luxuriant read that is also refreshingly free of gratuitous violence. 250,000 first printing; author tour; Literary Guild selection; simultaneous release in large-print edition and as Random House Audiobook.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Lawyer Patterson's bloated sequel to his best-selling courtroom novel, Degree of Guilt (LJ 12/92), is already slated for television. His new work could have been cut in half by any diligent editor-30 pages of jury selection, for instance, is enough to glaze the eyes of the most dedicated crime reader. The intense dialog and plot, however, will grab fans of Scott Turow and John Grisham, and Patterson gives readers a convincing look at San Francisco's corrupt politics. The plot concerns the death of ne'er-do-well Ricardo Arias, who may or may not have committed suicide. Because of the widely publicized custody battle waged with Arias by his ex-wife and her lover, Christopher Paget (hero of Degree of Guilt), both are investigated and Paget indicted. The author's deeply felt antiviolence theme is smoothly integrated into the narrative. Expect demand.
--Joyce Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, N.J.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

RICHARD NORTH PATTERSON is the author of The Spire, Eclipse and fourteen other bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. He lives in San Francisco and on Martha's Vineyard with his wife, Dr. Nancy Clair.

Customer Reviews

I had this book read in two days...could not put it down.
"dhall0507"
The story line is very good with enough sub plots and interesting characters to keep it interesting through out the book.
John G. Hilliard
This is the 7th novel by Richard North Patterson I've read and the best so far.
Caroline Muller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First off if you have picked up 'Eyes of a Child' and haven't read 'Degree of Guilt' go get it NOW. 'Eyes' is a partial sequel and even though it can stand on its own, it makes more sense if you have first read 'Degree' and besides, you don't want to miss out on another great read, too now do you? Okay with that said, 'Eyes' is FIRST RATE! Not just a legal-thriller, but a fantastic 'Whodunnit' as well. In fact we begin with a murder. Then jump to a cozy vacation with Christopher Paget and his former legal secretary. It is HER husband who get's the axe at the beginning. Does Christopher have anything to do with this murder? Why had he visited the deceased before leaving town quickly? Why did he donate the suit he wore when making this visit suddenly to a used clothing store? He looks more and more guilty as the pages fly, but as usual, things are not always as they seem. I have noticed a pattern with Mr. Patterson's books and that is for him to set the stage in the novel, and then we time travel back to events which happened to either set the stage for the situations we find ourselves in or to just give you an idea of WHY certain characters act the way they do. It is always important to the story, so do NOT let it distract you, it will ALL make sense in the end. Compelling is one word I would use to describe this great story. Although I had the culprit nailed long before the ending came, I wasn't 100% certain until it finally WAS revealed. I turned this one over to my wife and made her a convert to Patterson's books as well. This guy writes better than average legal-thrillers and a supreme step above Grishams stuff in MY opinion, too. If you wanna spend a weekend huddled in a reading room with a novel that will keep you vastly entertained for the entire duration of the book, 'Eyes of a Child' is definitely the prescription you are looking for.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Moe on February 4, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this was my first book by richard north patterson (rnp) which was kind of a mistake. little did i know that there were two books before this one about christopher paget, mary carelli, and teresa peralta. if you havent read "the lasko tangent" or "degree of guilt" read those before you read this one. other then that i really liked this book. its one of those that you just cant put down until you finish it. you might want to read "the final judgement" or the renamed title "caroline masters" after your done with this one. after this book i got into all his other ones which i have really enjoyed. another good ones to read by him are "silent witness" or "dark lady"
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Warlen Bassham on December 10, 2002
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If you have any experience at all reading the whodunit type of mystery story, you will know within the first two chapters who the murderer is in this story. If that's all you care about, you'll be tempted to stop. My advice? DON'T !!!
Eyes of a Child is one of the best mystery novels I have ever read, and I picked it up by accident, thinking it was by another author. Lucky accident! The story is told largely through the eyes of Teresa Peralta, a young hispanic legal assistant in San Francisco, whose husband of six years, Richie, is murdered just before she leaves to go to Venice with her boss and lover, Christopher Paget, a major character carried over from a previous Patterson novel. We know Chris can't possibly be the murderer, because he's the good guy in the previous book, so we're left with only one possible suspect-- so there's no mystery at all about 'whodunit.' In spite of that, the book is a terrific mystery-- not about who, but about how and why.
The 'victim' is a slimeball of major proportions. He's killed in the first few pages. Then, through flashbacks, we're taken through the last few months before his demise. By the time he finally gets what's coming to him, we're ready to go to SanFran and kill him ourselves!
The dramatic insensity picks up when Christopher is arrested and tried for the murder. We know he didn't do it, but his efforts to prove his innocence in the face of many facts that make him look guilty provides the terrific suspense. The outcome is unexpected and exciting.
But I'm missing the main point here: This is no ordinary mystery story, and the plot pales in comparison to some other issues. These are 'real' people. We care about them. We care what happens to them.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had never read any kind of thriller until accidentally picking up No Safe Place at a friends house. 5 books later and I am completely hooked. Eyes of a Child, though, had me mesmerised for 2 days. From the whodunnit factor to the court case; it really is impossible to let go. The way Patterson writes about the relationship between Chris and Carlo is particularly touching. I also enjoyed the fact that although you know Chris to be innocent you also know he's hiding something but what? Towards the end I had correctly guessed at the identity of the murderer and the child abuser but it was still a shock when written in front of me. I really felt a gamut of emotions reading this book and was close to tears on many occasions. An absolutely fantastic read!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Esther Lynn on March 20, 2002
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Once I picked up this book it was impossible to put down. The characters become so real. Patterson makes the characters members of the family. You can't help but feel the pain of the child. The emotions run deep. He makes you hate one person while love another. The research done to make this book so realistic is astonishing. It was truely an education. I can't wait to read more of his work.
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