Eyes of a Child
Ricardo Arias is found dead in his apartment, the gun that killed him wedged in his mouth. The physical evidence might confirm suicide, but there is no doubt that it strongly suggests murder. The police investigation quickly uncovers a maze of emotion and conflict that surrounded the dead man in the last months of his life: an estranged wife, Terri Peralta; an ugly custody fight over their six-year-old daughter, Elena; threats of extortion; accusations of adultery; and sexual abuse of the child. And then the police uncover a murder suspect. He's Terri's new lover, Christopher Paget, a man of wealth and prominence, an extremely high-profile San Francisco defense attorney. Now, defense attorney becomes defendant. Paget's defense attorney works desperately to raise reasonable doubt in the minds of the jury, even as Paget and Terri struggle to preserve their future and that of their cherished children.
Degree of Guilt
Mary Carelli, one of the most powerful women in TV journalism, is charged with the murder of America's most eminent novelist, Mark Ransom. As her trial unfolds Mary's lawyer, Christopher Paget, willl be surprised by Mary's secret motive for murder...by evidence that Mary is lying...and by an enigmatic judge with an agenda of her own.
The Lasko Tangent
William Lasko is a self-made multimillionaire who's got an eye for wealth and influence, the ear of the president, and a talent for using both to get what he wants. The Economic Crimes Commision wants the corrupt Lasko brought down and Chrisopher Paget is picked for the job. To gather enough evidence to nail Lasko without alienating the White House, Paget's got to go by the book. But Lasko makes his own rules and eliminating enemies is his golden one.
©2000 Richard North Patterson (P)2000 Random House Audio