The Spire

  • by Richard North Patterson
  • Narrated by Holter Graham
  • 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Both a razor-sharp thriller and a poignant love story, this twisting tale of psychological suspense is Patterson's most compelling novel in years.Mark Darrow grew up in a small Ohio town with no real advantages beyond his intelligence and athletic ability. But thanks to the intervention of Lionel Farr - a professor at Caldwell, the local college - Darrow became an excellent student and, later, a superb trial lawyer. Now Farr asks his still-youthful protégé for a life-altering favor. An embezzlement scandal has threatened Caldwell's very existence - would Darrow consider becoming its new president?Darrow accepts, but returning to his alma mater opens old wounds. Sixteen years ago, on the night of his greatest triumph as Caldwell's star quarterback, he discovered the body of a black female student named Angela Hall at the base of the Spire, the bell tower that dominates the leafy campus. His best friend, Steve Tillman, was charged with Angela's murder and ultimately sent to prison for life. But now, even as Darrow begins the daunting task of leading Caldwell, he discovers that the case against his friend left crucial questions unanswered. Despite his new obligations - and his deepening attachment to Farr's beautiful though troubled daughter - Darrow begins his own inquiry into the murder. Soon he becomes convinced that Angela's killer is still at large, but only when another mysterious death occurs does he understand that his own life is at risk.

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Disappointing

For an author as accomplished as Richard North Patterson, this was unbelievably disappointing. In contrast to the complex and intrictate plots and characters of his early novels, this is like kindergarten. This was a whodunit, whose culprit was obvious from the beginning and for whom the journey to discovery wasn't all that interesting. I listened to the end in the hope that there would be something unexpected, but it was not to be. All that transpired was a series of expository conversations that reveal the identity of the perpetrator. If you've ever heard the expression that someone has "phoned in" their comments, meaning that they barely engaged and were unconcerned with the merits of their contribution, such would be an accurate portrayal of "The Spire". It could have been written in a weekend. I liked this author years ago, but I think he's grown lazy. This is not worth reading or listening to. Unless you're on an island with no other altenative. And even then, consider taking a swim.
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- J. Eoos

Great Book!

I truly enjoyed this book! It was just fast enough to keep me interested. Most times I find myself drifting from the speaker but not this time. The reader's voice was perfect for this book. Very enjoyable!
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- anita

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-01-2009
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio