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Silent Witness (Tony Lord) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2011
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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.
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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So now his best friend (who also may have thought Tony was guilty) is facing similar charges, only he gets to go to trial with Tony as his lawyer.
A stunning novel, filled with secrets; heartbreaking scenarios that are so lifelike in their structure, you can't help but feel for those involved. The confrontational courtroom scenes, as always, are brilliant and riveting. The relationship between Tony and Sam is superbly etched; Tony's feelings about Sam's wife, Sue, are painstakingly real; the enigmatic Sam Robb is focal---is he capable of such a brutal murder; does he lie about everything? Is he really Tony's best friend? And is Tony justified in what he does to Ernie?
The novel cruises along with such intensity and fervor, one can't help but gasp in awe at its structure. The finale is devastating, although you can see it coming, you just don't want to admit it.
A brilliant, exceptional novel.
HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
But now he has no choice. His old best friend Sam, the teammate who caught Tony's pass in the end zone in the final ten seconds of the biggest game of their high school careers, has been charged with murder. So Tony returns to his old home town to defend his friend.
Inevitably, Tony is forced to confront the prejudices and nightmares he thought he had escaped decades ago. His dead girlfriend's parents are still there, and still convinced of his guilt. Sam's wife Sue is another issue. She was Sam's girlfriend back in high school, but she and Tony slept together one night toward the very end of their senior year, and Sam has always been suspicious of the relationship between Tony and his wife.
By setting up the plot framework as he did, Patterson gave himself the opportunity for a richly textured exploration of some of humanity's most powerful emotions: love, jealousy, loyalty, and guilt. And he delivers the goods. The mystery element in this novel - although superb - is almost lost in the wonderfully evocative description of Tony Lord's struggle with his memories, loyalties, and relationships.
I have never read a Richard North Patterson novel before. But this work is so outstanding that he has immediately jumped to the top rank of my favorite mystery writers - a group that includes Elizabeth George, P D James, and Dennis Lehane.
This one is absolutely terrific.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Suspenseful until the end....which was what I thought it would be, but knew in my mind there was no way. Excellent page-turner.Published 17 days ago by Bellal Donna
Powerful and intense, this novel is one I couldn't put down. Great story with some grim sexual aspects that I found uncomfortable, but it's so well written with a complex story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cathy C.
I was entertained and that is why I read,to lose myself on a book. I got a little tired during the trial. Too much information was repeated. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Txgranny
This is a good book but not great. I knew who was guilty from the beginning. I like a little more suspense, but it holds your attention.Published 3 months ago by Linda
I'm an avid fan of Richard North Patterson - So anything he writes will I hope be a 5Star! He really has a gift for writing and I find his thought development as superb. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rukaya
5 stars because I first read this book years ago, and it popped into mind recently and I couldn't remember the ending other than that it was a surprise for me - and the book didn't... Read morePublished 6 months ago by mdx
One of the best I have read in a while. Starts a little different, but I am glad I stayed with it. Surprise ending for sure.Published 6 months ago by charley
R.N.Patterson never ceases to please us,love his books.This one was very good.Published 7 months ago by Peter R HughesPeter R Hughes