Eclipse by Richard North Patterson

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The spellbinding story of an American lawyer who takes on a nearly impossible case--the defense of an African freedom fighter against his corrupt government's charge of murder

Damon Pierce's life has just reached a defining moment: a gifted California lawyer, he's being divorced by his wife and his work often seems soulless. Then he receives a frantic e-mail from Marissa Brand Okari--a woman he loved years ago--and decides to risk everything to respond to her plea for help.

Marissa's husband, Bobby Okari, is the charismatic leader of a freedom movement in the volatile west African nation of Luandia, which is being torn apart by the world's craving for its vast supply of oil. Bobby's outspoken opposition to the exploitation of his homeland by PetroGlobal--a giant American oil company with close ties to Luandia's brutal government--has enraged General Savior Karama, the country's autocratic ruler. After Bobby leads a protest rally during a full eclipse of the sun, everyone in his home village is massacred by government troops. And now Bobby has been arrested and charged with the murder of three PetroGlobal workers. Still drawn to Marissa, Pierce agrees to defend Bobby, hoping to save both Bobby and Marissa from almost certain death. But the lethal politics of Luandia may cost Pierce his life instead.

Culminating in a dramatic show trial and a desperate race against time, Eclipse combines a thrilling narrative with a vivid look at the human cost of the global lust for oil. Here is Richard North Patterson at his compelling best, confirming his place as our most provocative author of popular fiction.


About Richard North Patterson

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Richard North Patterson studied fiction writing with Jesse Hill Ford at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has written ten novels, including the international bestsellers Degree of Guilt, Eyes of a Child, The Final Judgment, Silent Witness, and No Safe Place. Patterson lives with his wife, Laurie, and their family in San Francisco and on Martha's Vineyard.
Published January 6, 2009 by Henry Holt and Co.. 484 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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A San Francisco attorney brings a civil suit against an oil company in a frantic, ingenious attempt to save the life of an African dissident.

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Eclipse by Richard North Patterson Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Bobby Okari is the charismatic leader of a protest movement in Lu...

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Book Reporter

As Damon prepares for trial --- and fights to stay alive --- he gets a crash course in the geopolitics of oil and, in particular, how local corruption and violence ripples through the global oil market.

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The Washington Post

Diplomatic, corporate and even personal interests soon cross paths, and not in pretty ways: As oil prices fluctuate in the wake of unrest and violence, a major fundraiser for the incumbent U.S. president has been making millions in oil futures -- almost as if he knew about the massacres and raids...

Jan 06 2009 | Read Full Review of Eclipse

Open Book Society

Kellan as Emmett is great – especially in the fight training scenes and when he teases Bella as Carlisle is tending to her hurt hand.

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Bookmarks Magazine

A meticulous stylist with a keen understanding of human nature—in that sense, at least, his novels recall those of spymasters Robert Littell and John le Carré—Patterson constructs taut, gripping plots without sacrificing his characters’ humanity.

Jan 11 2009 | Read Full Review of Eclipse

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