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Fall from Grace: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Richard North Patterson
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From #1 bestselling author Richard North Patterson comes a “spellbinding”* psychological puzzle filled with unexpected legal twists, potentially criminal turns, and one family’s shocking fall from grace.

After ten years away from home, Adam Blaine returns to Martha’s Vineyard to attend the funeral of his estranged father, Ben, a famous and charismatic writer who was fond of sailboats, good wine—and women other than his wife. When Adam learns that Ben disinherited his family in favor of his mistress, he begins to wonder if his father’s death—caused by an inexplicable fall from a cliff—might have been suicide or murder. Using his training as a CIA operative, Adam unearths some shattering revelations about the mistress’s past. But even more disturbing are the family secrets that can’t stay buried any longer—secrets that make Adam question everything he thought he knew about every player in this fateful game. Even himself. . . .

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'A stunning tale of betrayal and love ... secrets and scandals ... thrilling suspense' Linda Fairstein.


'A stunning tale of betrayal and love ... secrets and scandals ... thrilling suspense' Linda Fairstein.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2540 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857386980
  • Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C6GDKS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,905 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
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Richard North Patterson, in my humble opinion, wrote the two best courtroom novels ever written "Degree of Guilt" and "Eyes of a Child" . Then something disappointing happened, his latter books became unreadable. I was pleased to read the reviews of "In the Name of Honor" and gave it a try two years ago. While not quite up to the old standards, still a very well written courtroom drama.

His latest entry "Fall From Grace" is an interesting psychological drama, however, it does not have any courtroom scenes, which is where Patterson as a writer is unsurpassed. "Fall From Grace" is basically a two man story between Adam Blaine and his recently deceased father. Adam is a CIA operative, who comes back home to Maratha's Vineyard, to attend the funeral for his estranged father Ben. Ben was a world renowned writer with a ruthless desire to be the best at at everything no matter the damage to others. Ben had many mistresses during his 40 year marriage, however, at the time of his death, has left his 12 million dollar estate/home to his actress girlfriend. A one million dollar bequest was also given to Adam's old girlfriend, Jenny, an aspiring writer who lives on the Island. Adam must sift through the evidence and determine whether Ben Blaine's death, a fall from a cliff, was an accident, suicide or murder. He must also find a way to help his disinherited mother and brother, while keeping one step ahead of the police, who are attempting to build a case against a family member. This is a daunting task especially since Adam hated his father.

"Fall from Grace" is told through many flashbacks and interviews. Adam and Ben are well defined characters.
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A BAD novel only made tolerable by the talent of author February 15, 2012
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Over ten years ago, I wrote my first novel. It was a rambling epic filled with long passages of flashbacks that tied intimately into the present day. The inspiration for my writing style at the time was Richard North Patterson. He's always been one of my favorites, and I even enjoyed his political novels even when I didn't agree with the politics. FALL FROM GRACE unfortunately fails on so many levels. But, since Patterson is such a talented author, the book ends up being interesting.

The plot is typical of his earlier novels. Take a bunch of people who are messed up. Create a current crises, and have the answer to that crisis be a tragic event in the past. In this novel, Ben Blaine has died. The rich best-selling author fell from a cliff at Martha's Vineyard, and son Adam Blaine has returned home for the funeral.

Adam hated his father, and soon discovers the conflict will continue after his father's death. His father's will has left out his mom and his brother, and given everything to an actress he was dating and Jenny Leigh, Adam's ex-girlfriend.

Why this novel is HORRIBLE: Two reasons. First, for the vast majority of the novel, nothing happens. Second, the flashbacks are handled incredibly poorly. Here's what happens for most of the novel. Adam Blaine decides to investigate what happened to his dad, and to try and have the will changed. He begins by talking to people. He talks to his mom, his brother, and then a doctor. Then a psychiatrist. Then the actress, then Jenny, then a cop, then a DA. That's it. Chapter to chapter is Adam going down a list talking to different characters. Patterson never shows us anything. Everything is told, all the events of the novel are recounted. Everything is too contrived.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Once upon a time, Richard North Patterson was one of my favorite authors. Early books such as Degree Of Guilt, Eyes Of A Child, The Final Witness and Silent Witness are top notch. Then, he went on a long downward spiral which, for me, only started to reverse itself somewhat with a few of his more recent books. However, Patterson has fallen again with his newest book, Fall From Grace.

I won't take your time by providing a summary of the book, which can be obtained in the Amazon Book Description above, as well as in many of the reader reviews. What I think might be of more value in helping to decide if this is a book you want to read is to provide my opinion of Fall From Grace.

Overall, while the plot concept has some merit (albeit one that is not very different from lots of other books), it's executed in such a way in that the investigation by the main character, Adam Blaine, into the death of his father takes wwwaaayyy too long before anything of real interest or excitement occurs. And, while Patterson provides some interesting twists towards the end of the book, they come about wwwaaayyy too late to make this a book I would recommend highly to you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, but plodding and a little cold February 8, 2012
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I went into this book expecting one of the best contemporary fiction authors to provide me with a fast-moving page turner. Unfortunately, those pages turned very slowly for almost two-thirds of the book when Patterson seemed to finally decide to add excitement to the story.

The tale is not a new one, that of an exiled son returning home after the death of a parent. In this case, the lead character is a CIA operative who upon arriving home is drawn into the mystery surrounding his father's death. We follow him in his efforts to solve the mystery, while also piecing together events from his own past and how they relate to who he has become.

While the resolution is satisfying and not completely predictable, I found that the first half moved slowly without reason. We don't really see a lot of character development (very little about our hero's "work" role, for example), and I felt the flow of the book just wasn't what I expect. Perhaps I have my expectations too high based on some of the excellent works he's written in the past, but this was overall a bit of a disappointment. There are certainly far worse efforts out there, but this won't rank with Patterson's best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Richard North Patterson has always been one of my favorite authors. I thought I had read all of his books, but missed this one. Read more
Published 1 day ago by mary k
5.0 out of 5 stars Great character mystery
One of his best; depth of character, excellent sense of place, and of course a driving plot. A modern version of a Shakespearean tragedy
Published 5 days ago by Daniel P. Weitz
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not patterson's best but a good read
Published 1 month ago by Herbert D. Thier
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!!!
Fall from Grace was my first Richard North Patterson novel. I recently ordered the two follow up novels in the series. Terrific writing style.
Published 1 month ago by Ed Stephens
4.0 out of 5 stars I am sorry, by the time you ask for ...
I am sorry, by the time you ask for a review I can't even remember what the book was about, BUT I do know I read late into the night because it kept my attention.
Published 2 months ago by Mountain Laurel
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard North Patterson books are always worth the read.
Richard North Patterson has, again, produced a spellbinding novel whose characters are as complex as they are human. I have read a number of his novels and will read many more.
Published 2 months ago by Gerri Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars Another RNP Gem!
Another RNP gem! On the first reading, I think most RNP fans will find this book not only unlike a typical RNP book, they also be turned off by the distinct differences. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Truly loved this book. Couldn't put it down.
Published 2 months ago by SylJ - Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A pretty good read but slow at times.
Published 3 months ago by Harry Leavengood
4.0 out of 5 stars Sins of my father
Intense family drama unveils as prodigal son becomes involved in solving his father's, (a famous author) mysterious death.
Published 3 months ago by Roey
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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.

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