Eyes Of A Child by Richard North Patterson

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A man has been found dead, a gun still wedged in his mouth. It looks like Ricardo Arias killed himself…but the physical evidence tells a different story. The police investigation turns up all sorts of troubling data—a bitter estrangement between Ricardo and his wife, Terri; an ugly custody battle over their six-year-old daughter, Elena; charges of child molestation. And before long there’s a murder suspect: San Francisco defense attorney and political hopeful Christopher Paget.

But where’s the motive? It could be that Paget is Terri’s new lover. Or that Paget’s own teenage son is the one who’s accused of abusing Elena. But a series of long-hidden secrets—on both sides of the case—are slowly rising to the surface…and threaten to explode in the courtroom, where the final verdict will be delivered. Where the truth about what really happened to Ricardo Arias will either be revealed—or buried for good...


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 November 2, 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks. 578 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Law & Philosophy, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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About the only trauma San Francisco superlawyer Christopher Paget was spared in his previous appearance (Degree of Guilt, 1993) was being put on trial for murder himself--an omission Patterson rectifies here when Chris is charged with killing the estranged husband of his associate and lover, Tere...

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Patterson's latest legal thriller--featuring many of the same characters as his previous Degree of Guilt--spent 10 weeks on PW's bestseller list.

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Young Latina lawyer Teresa Peralta, aide and lover to Degree hero Christopher Paget, is fighting to get away from creepy husband Richie Arias and take daughter Elena with her, when Richie is found dead, in what looks like murder disguised as suicide.

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But such are the pleasures of the author’s vivid depiction of the law’s ironies and paradoxes — the trial alone occupies more than half the novel — that readers are apt to remain engrossed until the final page.

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Gather Books

Overall the book was a good one time read, and the middle section really saved the book for me.

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