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In the late 1960s, Tony is the star of the Lake City, Ohio, high school football team. But when Alison is found strangled behind her house, even Tony's closest friend, Sam Robb, suspects him. Alison's true killer is never found, and Tony flees his home town to forge a career as a high-powered, high-profile San Francisco criminal attorney and marries a a movie star. Cutting to the present day, Tony is called back to Lake City to defend his old friend. Sixteen-year-old track star Marcie Calder was found dead on the shore of Lake Erie, and Sam, now the overweight assistant principal and track coach of Lake City High, is the accused. A series of scandals slowly erodes Tony's confidence in Sam's innocence as Tony comes to terms with his own troubled past.
As with Patterson's previous work, Silent Witness is a novel with subtle characters who happen to be involved in a compelling (and authentic-seeming) criminal trial. For dedicated Patterson fans, some insight into the life of actress Stacey Tarrant is a special treat. She's Tony's wife in the present world of the novel but was the lover of Senator James Kilcannon before the senator was assassinated. James was the brother of Kerry Kilcannon, the enigmatic presidential candidate at the center of Patterson's 1998 blockbuster, No Safe Place. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Finally finished and am so tired of these characters, situations, stock emotions, drawn out & repetitive retellings that I can only say...T E D I O U S.Published 2 months ago by Sandi Kay Wheatley
couldn't put down any book by Richard North Patterson. Outstanding author. Love the suspense at the end of each novel.Published 11 months ago by Jan Gervase
I love all of Richard North Patterson's books. He is one of my favorite writers and I don't think he gets the recognition he deserves.Published 11 months ago by Lucky
I just loved the characters in this book! Each one was so well crafted I could see them and felt as though I thoroughly knew who they were. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Caroline Muller
This is only my second Patterson book and it will not be my last. This guy is really,really good. SILENT WITNESS is deep and involved, somertimes guessable but very interesting. Read morePublished 20 months ago by James L. Woolridge
After you work your way through the mundane lives of teenagers in a Lake Erie, Ohio town in the first section of the book, you are then ready for one helluva good courtroom drama... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by zorba
To me this has been a wonderful read full of suspense and graphic court procedures which made the book hard to put down once I started it. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by Terry
The mystery was kept alive the entire time - wondering who was truthful. Even though you kinda know how the story is going to go, it was still entertaining to see how things turn... Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by L. Hardy