Fall From Grace by Richard North Patterson

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Readers will enjoy unraveling the tangled mystery alongside Adam right up until the last revelation.
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The mysterious, violent death of a prominent New England patriarch exposes a nest of dark family secrets in New York Times bestselling author Richard North Patterson’s twentieth compelling novel.

From #1 bestselling author Richard North Patterson comes a “spellbinding”* psychological puzzle filled with unexpected legal twists, potentially criminal turns, and one family’s shocking fall from grace.

After ten years away from home, Adam Blaine returns to Martha’s Vineyard to attend the funeral of his estranged father, Ben, a famous and charismatic writer who was fond of sailboats, good wine—and women other than his wife. When Adam learns that Ben disinherited his family in favor of his mistress, he begins to wonder if his father’s death—caused by an inexplicable fall from a cliff—might have been suicide or murder. Using his training as a CIA operative, Adam unearths some shattering revelations about the mistress’s past. But even more disturbing are the family secrets that can’t stay buried any longer—secrets that make Adam question everything he thought he knew about every player in this fateful game. Even himself. . . .

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 March 20, 2012 by Scribner. 290 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Horror. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Jan 09 2012

Readers will enjoy unraveling the tangled mystery alongside Adam right up until the last revelation.

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Reviewed by Barba Gershenbaum on Mar 29 2012

Richard North Patterson fans will be mesmerized by FALL FROM GRACE and all of its tricky intricacies. Newcomers will be thrilled that they have been introduced to a writer who has a whole host of books for them to read.

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Reviewed by Barbara Clark

His narrative appears to be straightforward, but as you continue turning the pages you'll realize he’s hooked you into something much more intricate and complicated.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

Reviewed by Jay Strafford on Mar 18 2012

Add to that his wisdom about the world and human weakness, and readers will find a novel — and a body of work — that entertains, of course, but on a deeper level illuminates.

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Below average
Reviewed by Kathy on Feb 19 2012

This is a psychological drama and not a very good one. The characters are fairly wooden and the plot is very contrived and the action far from riveting.

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