Book Reviews of Silent Witness

Silent Witness
Silent Witness
Author: Richard North Patterson
ISBN-13: 9780679450405
ISBN-10: 0679450408
Publication Date: 12/29/1996
Pages: 493
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 59 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
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NYTimes Bestseller

I read it a long time ago, but remember enjoying the intense courtroom drama.
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This Patterson suspense packs a wallop. Tony Lord returns to his home town to defend his childhood best friend in a murder case but it is another case that haunts Tony. Where there are points where the story drags and at some point the plot becomes predictable--that isn't what makes Silent Witness such a great read. It's the characters. All parties involve are multi-dimensional and practically leap off the page as living creations
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RNP's right up there with other gifted author's who write about the law and politics. Am looking forward to reading more of his books with recurring characters.
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This was a great book! It hooked me from page one and kept me reading straight through the end.
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This book was excellent! Although the subject was a bit disturbing, the story was gripping, interesting and well written. Patterson has you so connected to the characters, so involved in their story that you begin to think of them as real people...I also liked the way the story moved back and forth between the two time periods. It helped to explain the motives of the characters. This kept me guessing until the end. Even though the outcome seemed to be clear, the twists and clever plot devices kept you second-guessing yourself and your instincts! I couldn't put this one down!
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A very good book!
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California defense attorney Tony Lord returns to his hometown of Lake City, Ohio to defend his oldest friend, Sam, who is accused of murdering his 16-year-old lover. The case resonates with Tony because he faced similar accusations 28 years ago when his high school girlfriend was brutally murdered. Although Tony was never charged, the townspeople--Sam included--never fully believed in his innocence. Now Tony must prepare for an emotional trial that echoes the angst and accusations of years past.
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excellent
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Keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the book. The only reason I am letting this one go is that I have another copy.
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I could not put this book down,. I literally read this book in one day! Full of suspense!
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I really enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing until very close to the end.
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This is an edge of your seat book, not too dark - well maybe a little. A whodunit book with a surprise ending. 5 stars
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Attorney Tony Lord left his hometown and the bitter memories of his girlfriend's murder behind. Now, twenty-seven 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 murder.
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This is a page turner!! I loved it!! Just when you think you know how it will end, it turns you completely around the other way. This is a must read for the suspense and mystery book lover!
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Excellent legal thriller and courtroom drama. The author is an attorney so I'm sure it is accurate. Lots of twists and turns in this book, and I don't know if I was really all that surprised with the ending. Throughout the book, I really hated one of the main characters. RNP is a born story teller, and this book could have been about one of today's front page stories, involving sex, teenagers, murder and those who we trust with our teenagers. This book will keep you turning the pages well into the night, or keep you busy during a flight or on the beach.
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Abridged.
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Attorney Tony Lord left his hometown after his girlfriend's gruesome murder. Now, 27 years later, he is pulled back to Lake City to defend his closest high school friend against a charge of homicide. ***
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Abridged
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I don't know if it was this abridgement that's to blame, but this is the most disappointing of all the Richard North Patterson I've ever read (listened to). Sometimes you can enjoy an abridgment on tape just as much as an unabridged, or reading the whole book, but this isn't one. Maybe the unabridged version would leave a different impression. Not recommended, and I like Richard North Patterson!
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"Ingeniously constructed..If I am ever accused of murder, I'd like a lawyer like Tony Lord...--Los Angeles Times Book Review
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Murder, suspense over 30 years. The initial murder takes place in 1967 when a small Midwestern town's star athlete is the suspect in the murder of his girlfriend. Almost thirty years latter he is an attorney and his best friend becomes his client in another murder. This is a great book to listen to on cassettes.
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I am a huge fan of legal thrillers and this is a great one. It has a shocking ending and if you are a Patterson fan, this is a don't miss!
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I enjoyed this police mystery story
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Another great read by Richard North Patterson!
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Another great book from Patterson.
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One of our best mystery writer. Attorney Tony Lord left his hometown and the bitter memories of his girlfriend's murder behind. Now, tewenty seven years later, he's pulled bay to Lake City to defend his closet high school friend against a charge of homicide.
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Attorney Tony Lord left his hometown and the bitter memories of his girlfriend's murder behind. Now, twenty seven years later, he is pulled back to Lake City to defend his closest high scool friend against a charge of homicide.
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good book
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Another great one by Richard North Patterson. From the back cover, "Attorney Tony Lord left his hometown and the bitter memories of his girlfriend's murder behind. Now, twenty-seven years later, he's pulled back to Lake City to defend his closest high school friend against a charge of homicide". Leaves you questioning until the last twenty pages or so.
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Attorney Tony Lord left his hometown and the bitter memories of his girlfriend's murder behind. Now, twenty seven years later, he's pulled back to Lake City to defend his closest high school friend against a charge of homicide.
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This lawyer-turned novelist writes a great thriller, far surpassing Grisham at characterization and certainly his equal in pacing and talent. Intense courtroom drama.
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this author always comes through. intelligent and entertaining
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Wow, very thrilling read. The ending was.....you will just have to read it!!!
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really enjoyed this book it kept me guessing .
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LOVE IT - excellent detail, holds your attention all the way through!
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A story set in the year 1967 in midwestern America reminds us how tragedies can affect our adult lives.
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"Intense courtroom drama....as startling as the bang of the gavel." People
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I have not read this novel but it was a New York Times Bestseller.
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I loved this book. Of course I love Richard North Patterson.
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A stunning novel of rivalry, friendship, and loss, and how the tragedies of youth can change the course of our adulthood.
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This is another great book by Patterson...it will keep you guessing.
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Love this author, everything he writes is just sooo good.
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In the late 1960s, Tony is the star of the Lake City, Ohio, high school football team. But when Alison is found strangled behind her house, even Tony's closest friend, Sam Robb, suspects him. Alison's true killer is never found, and Tony flees his home town to forge a career as a high-powered, high-profile San Francisco criminal attorney and marries a a movie star. Cutting to the present day, Tony is called back to Lake City to defend his old friend. Sixteen-year-old track star Marcie Calder was found dead on the shore of Lake Erie, and Sam, now the overweight assistant principal and track coach of Lake City High, is the accused. A series of scandals slowly erodes Tony's confidence in Sam's innocence as Tony comes to terms with his own troubled past.

As with Patterson's previous work, Silent Witness is a novel with subtle characters who happen to be involved in a compelling (and authentic-seeming) criminal trial.
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Good read. Good flow. Very intense.
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Finally finished and am so tired of these characters, situations, stock emotions, drawn out & repetitive retellings that I can only say...T E D I O U S.
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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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attorney Tony Lord left his hometown and the bitter memories of his girlfriends murder behind. Now 27 years later he is pulled back to Lake City to defend his closest high school friend against a charge of homicide
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There are 4 cassettes in this book. The story gives you an answer to one of your questions, but leaves you hanging.
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Attorney Tonny Lord left his hometown and the bitter memories of his girlfriend's murder behind. Now, 27 yers later, he's pulled back to Lake City to defend his closest high school friend against a charge of homicide. This look shows how small-town secrets can hide devastating betrayals . and how we make the past repeat itself.
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LARGE PRINT edition.