Two story lines in one, as attorney Tony Lord represents the assassin of a charismatic presidential candidate, then later is asked to represent his former lover when she and a newspaper magnate are threatened by a terrorist. A very compelling and fast-moving story.
The nation is stunned silent when presidential hopeful James Kilcannon is shot dead, point'blank, while sharing the stage at a benefit concert with his rock-star girlfriend, Stacy Tarrant. Fiercely independent attorney Tony Lord defends the assassin in a sensational trial that erupts into the media event of the decade. But the most shocking gambit ever witnessed in the history of television has yet to unfold.
As America watches, a mysterious and ruthless figure known only as Phoenix takes to the airwaves in the ultimate act of high-tech terror. Holding the wife of a wealthy newspaper mogul and Stacy's manager hostage. Phoenix mounts a televised trial of his own, in which Stacy Tarrant and Tony Lord are helpless defendants, millions of viewers are jurors, and- unless his chilling demands are met - Phoenix is the unstoppable executioner.....
Presidential hopeful James Kilcannon is shot dead. Tony Lord defends the assassin. Rock star Stacy Tarrant and her manager are kidnapped by an unknown person calling himself Phoenix. Phoenix puts Stacy and Tony on trial via the airwaves. This is a really great book.
An excellent page turner. A presidential hopeful is killed while on the stage with his girlfriend, a singer. From that moment the reader races through book attempting to discover the culprit. The climax is completely unexpected.
First a rock superstar's manager and then a newspaper mogul's wife are kidnapped; the latter event is videotaped and sent to a cable news network. "Phoenix," the chief kidnapper, appears masked on the tape, promising TV trials of the principals and, if his demands aren't met, a live broadcast of an execution.
Attorney Tony Lord is called by superstar Stacy Tarrant to help ransom her manager. A year before, Lord had defended the Vietnam vet who had assassinated Stacy's lover, a U.S. Senator killed on the eve of California's presidential primary.
Half the book is a long, vivid flashback to the assassination and trial, both of which prove to have surprising connections with the kidnapping.
In a complex plot, Patterson saves his most shocking twists for the ending, however. And even while maintaining a breakneck pace, he manages to convey Vietnam's sad legacy for many of its veterans.
"Thrilling...PRIVATE SCREENING succeeds on all counts. It's a footrace of a read, daring you to put it down." Atlanta Journal & Constitution.
The nation is stunned silent when presidential hopeful James Kilcannon is shot dead, point blank, while sharing the stage at a benefit concert with his girl friend rock star Stacy Tarrant. Fiercely independent attorney Tony Lord defends the assassin in a sensational trial....As America watches, a mysterious and ruthless figure known only as Phoenix takes to the airwaves in the ultimate act of high-tech terror....
When a Vietnam veteran assassinates California's presidential candidate, an intricate plot begins to unfold. A terror ist who styles himself the Phoenix kid naps two people and captures prime time television to air his demands. Be hind the scenes the assassin's lawyer shuttles among the principals; eventu ally he becomes the reluctant point man in the negotiations with Phoenix. In a shock ending that evokes the sort of nasty secrets exposed by Raymond Chandler, the pieces all come together. Unlike those hardboiled thrillers, though, this book brims with upbeat emotions like true love, loyalty, and courage. Patterson's own background as a trial lawyer gives the dialogue in his fourth novel a realistic thrust-and- parry rhythm. There are really two sto ries here, for along with the thriller is a restrained and taut tale of one U.S. sol dier whose conduct in the war haunts him still. Engaging and intelligent, this complex story puts a new gloss on the terror and troubles of our times.