The Final Judgment by Richard North Patterson

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A young man has been murdered. His girlfriend, twenty-two-year-old Brett Allen, is found at the scene of the crime. She claims she is innocent—even though she’s dripping in blood, the murder weapon covered with her fingerprints. Enter  attorney Caroline Masters, Brett’s estranged aunt. She’s been summoned back to her affluent New England hometown to help Brett out of this mess…and revisit the troubled family she left behind.

Caroline learned a long time ago that the ties that bind can also be broken. Now that she’s back home, she can’t help but doubt her family’s motives—and Brett’s innocence. As the trial heats up, Caroline finds herself up against those who would kill to keep dark secrets hidden…and the state prosecutor, who happens to be her former lover and will do anything to expose the truth.  Now, with her family’s fate—and her own reputation—hanging in the balance, Caroline must assume the role of a lifetime as she fights to save her niece. Or destroy them both…


 

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 29, 2011 by St. Martin's Paperbacks. 636 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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 One last wrinkle before Caroline Masters accepts the presidential nomination for an appeals-court judgeship: She's been called back to Resolve, New Hampshire—to the family she hasn't spoken to for 20 years—to help a niece who's been arrested for murder.

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Patterson's legal thriller of a lawyer defending her niece against a murder charge was a PW bestseller for seven weeks. (Jan.)

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Patterson's legal thriller of a lawyer defending her niece against a murder charge was a PW bestseller for seven weeks. (Jan.)

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