Protect and Defend by Richard North Patterson

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On a cold day in January, President-elect Kerry Kilcannon takes the oath of office—and within days makes his first, most important move: appointing a new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Kilcannon’s choice is a female judge with a brilliant record. And a secret.

While the Senate spars over Caroline Masters’s nomination, an inflammatory abortion rights case is making its way toward the judge—and will explode into the headlines. Suddenly, the most divisive issue in America turns the President’s nomination into all-out war. And from Judge Masters to a conservative, war-hero senator facing a crisis of conscience and a fifteen-year-old girl battling for her future, no one will be safe.
 

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 1, 2000 by KNOPF. 614 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, Horror, Self Help. Fiction

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Despite her best attempts to remain neutral on the volatile case and the vexed questions of late-term abortion and parental consent it entails, Caroline is repeatedly trapped by her enemies into going on record in Mary Ann’s favor.

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U.S. President Kerry Kilcannon, introduced by Patterson in 1998's No Safe Place, returns for another political dogfight in this meticulously researched, sharply observed tension builder about a Suprem

Dec 04 2000 | Read Full Review of Protect and Defend

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U.S. President Kerry Kilcannon, introduced by Patterson in 1998's No Safe Place, returns for another political dogfight in this meticulously researched, sharply observed tension builder about a Supreme Court nominee mired in the abortion debate.

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Book Reporter

We watch as Mary Ann Tierney takes her case to the courts to be granted the right to abort her extremely deformed child, while her parents take leading roles for the prosecution.

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Book Reporter

It's kind of like opening that closet in the basement that is probably full of spiders but that, according to family legend, holds a pirate's treasure: you're going to open the door sooner or later, and all that you'll probably get is a bunch of spiders.Herein lies the problem with PROTECT AND DE...

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Entertainment Weekly

(Reading the previous Masters and Kilcannon novels isn't necessary in order to understand this one, but it helps.) When Masters must justify her murky past before a hostile Senate panel, it's hard not to picture Joan Allen as the embattled vice presidential nominee in ''The Contender'' -- an...

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Entertainment Weekly

(Reading the previous Masters and Kilcannon novels isn't necessary in order to understand this one, but it helps.) When Masters must justify her murky past before a hostile Senate panel, it's hard not to picture Joan Allen as the embattled vice-presidential nominee in The Contender — and wish the...

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The successful contestant, Irish American Kerry Kilcannon, finds himself in the uncomfortable position at the end of his inaugural address, of having the Chief Justice die of a stroke, the death possibly hastened by the loathing the Justice felt for the new President.

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After his previous incredibly depressing novel, 'Dark Lady', North Patterson moves back into political ground, returning to his character of President Kerry Kilcannon.

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