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Degree Of Guilt by [Patterson, Richard North]
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The core of Richard North Patterson's legal thrillers is characterization, and Degree of Guilt, the novel that relaunched his career in 1993, features two captivating individuals: Christopher Paget and Mary Carelli. Paget, the upstart hero of Patterson's 1979 Edgar-winning The Lasko Tangent, is now a sophisticated trial lawyer doing his best to raise a teenage son in San Francisco. He's a man to be admired: famous for bringing down the president in a financial scandal, he has settled into the comfortable life of a successful attorney. His life is transformed, however, when his former lover (and mother of his son), Mary Carelli, pays a visit.

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-defence. 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 centre, 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. Patterson also 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

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“A page-turner.”—"The New York Times Book Review"

“Compulsively readable.”—"People"

“One intense courtroom clash after another...An intelligent and gripping thriller.”—"The Washington Post"

“Flamboyant and entertaining.”—"The Boston Globe"

“Electrifying.”—"The Cleveland Plain Dealer"

“One of the year’s best thrillers…Superb characterizations and intense dialogue make this utterly compelling reading.”—"Library Journal"

“Absorbing.”—"Publishers Weekly"

"A page-turner."--"The New York Times Book Review"

"Compulsively readable."--"People"

"One intense courtroom clash after another...An intelligent and gripping thriller."--"The Washington Post"

"Flamboyant and entertaining."--"The Boston Globe"

"Electrifying."--"The Cleveland Plain Dealer"

"One of the year's best thrillers...Superb characterizations and intense dialogue make this utterly compelling reading."--"Library Journal"

"Absorbing."--"Publishers Weekly"

A page-turner. "The New York Times Book Review"

Compulsively readable. "People"

One intense courtroom clash after another...An intelligent and gripping thriller. "The Washington Post"

Flamboyant and entertaining. "The Boston Globe"

Electrifying. "The Cleveland Plain Dealer"

One of the year's best thrillers Superb characterizations and intense dialogue make this utterly compelling reading. "Library Journal"

Absorbing. "Publishers Weekly""

"A page-turner." --The New York Times Book Review

"Compulsively readable." --People

"One intense courtroom clash after another...An intelligent and gripping thriller." --The Washington Post

"Flamboyant and entertaining." --The Boston Globe

"Electrifying." --The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"One of the year's best thrillers...Superb characterizations and intense dialogue make this utterly compelling reading." --Library Journal

"Absorbing." --Publishers Weekly


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1458 KB
  • Print Length: 546 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; 1st edition (23 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ARUTWO
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,542 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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