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Publisher's Summary

Christopher Paget is a trial lawyer with a famous past. As a young investigator he brought down a president. It cost him his relationship with Mary Carelli. Fifteen years have passed while Paget raises their son, seeking privacy. Until a murder changes everything.Now a television journalist, Mary is charged in an eminent novelist's death. Her defense is attempted rape, and she wants Paget to defend her. But a fateful question remains: was it self-defense...or murder?
©1992 Richard North Patterson; (P)1994 Random House, Inc.
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"One intense courtroom clash after another....An intelligent and gripping thriller." (Washington Post)
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By Rajesh on 12-14-04

A must listen for most

This is a good book. It is well written and read. The characters are intense and the relationships handled in the story complex. The plot dwells around rape and sexual abuse, but the book is also about the way multiple relationships function while handling complex issues. There are powerful husband-wife, son-father, girlfriends, friends and more relationships scenes in the book that may touch you. And, yes there is a super plot full of suspense and excellent courtroom drama with an intelligent judge who became one of my favorite characters in the book. Who, why, how did it question in the book makes it even more gripping.

It is a classic thriller that provided me with a great time!
Let not the size of the book nor the year of publication give you second thoughts?download now and you will not be disappointed.

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By Patricia on 01-02-06

Degree of Guilt

There must have been a book prior to this one that contains the story between Christopher Paget and Mary Carelli and I didn't read it. I kept feeling like I was missing some information. I kept having to fill in the blanks with what I thought must have happened.

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By A. Gouldson on 04-26-09

Excellent listening

I really loved this intelligent novel - Crime and passion and clever lawyers! Keeps you wondering to the end! Wonderfully read!It is the first of this authors books that I have listened to, I will definitely try his others.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful


By Elizabeth Davies on 07-19-10

Superb

.... on every level. Well crafted and narrated. This is an exceptional 'listen' I will look out for this author and narrator again. Brilliant !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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