A murder mystery that exposes the shocking complexities of family life, the undeniable psychological heritage of an individual's past, and the volatile legal and emotional atmosphere of the court room.
Very good legal thriller. The characters become so real. Patterson makes the characters members of the family. You can't help but feel the pain of the child. The emotions run deep. This book deals with child abuse so beware if this is a trigger for you...
Aiming for another big hit after Degree of Guilt (LJ 12/92), Patterson returns to the courtroom, where an attorney fights to clear himself of the accusation that he murdered his lover's estranged husband because of an ugly custody battle.
This book was very well written the way the plot comes together. The development of the characters make them realistic and believable to the point that you may begin to see through the eyes of a child.
This is a very engrossing story of a suicide/murder? and an excellently crafted trial. The defendant is a wealthy, successful lawyer with political aspirations. His political opponents take advantage of the case to smear him, his son and his fianceé. It was difficult to put this book down.
This is another great book of Richard North Patterson's. Not as suspenseful as most of his others but still a wonderful read. Like many of his other books, a major piece of the plot is a sensitive subject. This time around it is child sexual abuse. Highly recommended.
Richard North Patterson is a master of the courtroom and legal citizen. This story centers around a little girl and how her father took advantage of her, how her mother fought to save her, and her grandmother who protected here.
Ricardo Arias is found dead, the gun still in his mouth. It looks like suicide, but the evidence suggests murder. An investigation uncovers an estranged wife, Terri; a custody battle over their 6 yr old daughter, Elena; heated charges of child abuse; and a murder suspect: defense attorney Chris Paget, whose son was accused of abusing Elena.
The story Eyes of a Child by Richard North Patterson is a intence murder mystery. The main characters are Terri Peralta, Richie Arias, Elena, and Christoper Paget. Terri is Elena's mother who is a divorced to her late husband Richie, who was murdered in his apartment by an unknown killer. Christoper is Terri's new boyfriend who helps her out with the case since they both work together as lawyers. The genre for this story is both horror and mystery because of the unknown killer. A major quotation in the story is when Terri yells, "'I didn't do it, why does everyone blame me? '" This affects the story because it is a turning part close to the end.
When Ricardo Arias is found dead with a gun in his mouth, it looks like a suicide but other evidence strongly suggests murder. Arias was involved in a bitter custody battle with his estranged wife, Terri Peralta, over their six-year-old daughter, Elena, whom Arias believed was being abused. Prominent San Francisco defense attorney Christopher Paget is charged with Arias` murder; it`s Paget`s son who is accused of abusing Elena, Paget`s own political ambitions that would be damaged, and his alibi that is dangerously threadbare.
Richard Arias is found dead, the gun still wedged in his mouth. It looks like suicide, but the physical evidence suggests murder. Police investigation uncovers an estranged wife, an ugly custody battle, heated charges of child abuse, and a murder suspect.
San Francisco defense attorney Christopher Paget.
Ricardo Arias is found dead, the gun still wedged in his mouth. It looks like suicide, but the physical evidence strongly suggests murder. The police investigation uncovers an estranged wife, Terri Peralta; an ugly custody battle over their 6 y/o daughter, Elena; heated charges of child abuse; and a murder suspect: San Francisco defense attorney Christopher Paget. Paget has motive -- it's his son accused of abusing Elena, his political plans for the future put at risk by the dead man's accusations, and his alibi that is dangerously threadbare. And the shocking revelations that threaten to explode in the courtroom may remain hidden forever...by Chris Paget's refusal to testify on his own behalf...by Elena's tangled loyalties...and by dark secrets that some desperately wish to keep silent...
This is the first book I've read by Richard North Patterson and I thought it was great. It kept my attention, could hardly wait to see what happened next. I plan on reading more of his books. Loved it!