Silent Witness by Richard North Patterson

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Attorney Tony Lord left his hometown and the bitter memories of his girlfriend's murder behind. Now, twenty-eight years later, he's pulled back to Lake City to defend his closest high school friend against a charge of homicide.

Sam Robb, the married father of two, is a local football legend. But he was also the last to see sixteen-year-old Marcie Calder alive, and as shocking forensic evidence at the trial reveals, he is the father of her unborn child.

Probing the darkest recesses of love and friendship, Lord will discover things too disturbing to ignore--that Sam wasn't the only one in Lake City with a motive for killing Marcie, that small-town secrets can hide devastating betrayals, and that the past has a way of repeating itself . . . even in murder.

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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 December 29, 1996 by Random House Large Print. 720 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Action & Adventure, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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Like its predecessors, Patterson's latest novel (after The Final Judgment) evinces endless admiration for the ornateness of the law, and is crowded with complex characters whose troubles will draw rea

Dec 02 1996 | Read Full Review of Silent Witness

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Although he has committed himself to defending his old friend, Lord grudgingly realizes that Robb is ''either the victim of bad luck, worse judgment, and truly substandard morals'' -- or a pathological killer.

Jan 17 1997 | Read Full Review of Silent Witness


Buddies and former all-star athletes, the bond between Tony and Sam has already survived one high-profile murder case: Back when they were teens, Tony was accused but acquitted of killing his girlfriend, and Sam never doubted his friend's innocence.

Dec 06 2011 | Read Full Review of Silent Witness

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