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Jul 04, 2000
| 211 Minutes
Jan 07, 1997
| 1077 Minutes
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Jul 04, 2000 | ISBN 9780375418150
Jan 07, 1997 | ISBN 9781415920619
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.
Silent Witness begins in 1967, in a small Midwestern town. Seventeen-year-old Tony Lord, Lake City’s star athlete, seems destined for great things. His driving ambition is precisely what attracts Alison Taylor, the daughter of the town’s leading family, and it is what sets Tony apart from his two closest friends: Sam Robb and Sam’s girl, Sue Cash.Suddenly everything changes. Alison Taylor is brutally murdered, and Tony is the number-one suspect. The town turns against him. His friendship with Sam is destroyed. And Tony leaves Lake City, vowing never to return.Twenty-seven years later, an urgent phone call from Sue changes Tony’s life once more. For Tony Lord is now a San Francisco lawyer — a relentless advocate dedicated to the defense of his clients. Sue’s plea for help is one he cannot ignore: her husband, Sam Robb, now the vice principal of Lake City High School, is suspected of the murder of a female student. In seeking to save him, Tony must confront not only the fear that Sam is a murderer, but the concealed passions and buried truths that underlie Alison,s death so long ago.
Richard North Patterson is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 20 novels, a former chairman of Common Cause, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Formerly a trial lawyer, Patterson served as the US Security and… More about Richard North Patterson
"This generation’s best writer of legal thrillers . . . His strongest fiction to date."—Entertainment Weekly"Enthralling . . . The denouement is powerful."—Los Angeles Times Book Review"Intense courtroom drama . . . As startling as the bang of a gavel."—PeopleA Main Selection of The Literary Guild
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