Dark Lady

  • by Richard North Patterson
  • Narrated by Anne Twomey
  • 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Dark Lady, Richard North Patterson displays the mastery of setting, psychology, and story that makes him unique among writers of suspense, and one of today's most original and enthralling novelists.In Steelton, as struggling city on the cusp of an economic turnaround, two prominent men are found dead. One is Tommy Fielding, a senior officer of the company building a new baseball stadium, the city's hope for the future. The other is Jack Novak, the local drug dealers' attorney. Fielding's death with a prostitute, from an overdose of heroin, seems accidental; Novak is apparently the victim of a ritual murder. But in each case the character of the dead man seems contradicted by the particulars of his death. Coincidence or connection?The question falls to Assistant County Prosecutor Stella Marz. A driven woman, she is called the Dark Lady by defense lawyers for her relentless, sometimes ruthless, style: in seven years only one case has gotten away from her, and only because the defendant took his own life. Making her way through a maze of corruption, deceit, and greed, trusting no one, Stella comes to believe that the search for the truth involves the bleak history of Steelton itself - a history that now endangers her future, and perhaps her life. Dark Lady is Richard North Patterson's signature work.


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Read like a movie script

very predictable and not particularly interesting drama
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- Robin


I have been a fan of the author for quite some time and have really enjoyed books by him that I have previously read and/or to which I have listened. However, I found this one to be severely disappointing, in that not much really happens and there were too many characters, many of whom were never really expanded upon and the characters who were sufficiently developed, never really became either likeable or interesting. The premise of the book evolved completely around political machinations, strategies and subterfuge, 99% of which escaped me completely; it was very difficult to follow.
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- Rod

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-09-2001
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks