Fall From Grace

Fall From Grace

A Novel

Book - 2012
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The mysteriously violent death of a prominent New England patriarch exposes a nest of dark family secrets in bestselling author Richard North Patterson's twentieth page-turning novel.

The mysterious, violent death of a prominent New England patriarch exposes a nest of dark family secrets in bestselling author Richard North Patterson's twentieth compelling novel.

Adam Blaine arrives on the island of Martha's Vineyard to attend the funeral of his estranged father, Ben Blaine, a famous and charismatic writer who has served as patriarch of his clan for many years. A man fond of sailboats, good wine, and women other than his wife, Ben Blaine has left behind a string of secrets in addition to an emotionally distraught widow and his strangely aloof mistress, Carla Pacelli, a beautiful television actress who once had a drug problem.

As soon as Adam arrives, he discovers that Ben has disinherited his mother, uncle, and brother in favor of his lover, and begins to wonder if his father's death--caused by an inexplicable fall from a cliff--might be murder. Using his training as a CIA operative, Adam skillfully seeks to obscure the evidence suggesting that a family member may have killed his father, while at the same time fighting to undo the will, which favors the enigmatic Carla. As he walks this tightrope, Adam risks his freedom and perhaps his life, even as he unearths increasingly disturbing family secrets never meant to be discovered, and which cause him to question his understanding of his own life and everyone around him--his beloved mother, uncle, and brother and, not least, Carla.

Filled with tight psychological intrigue that will keep readers guessing until the very last page, Fall from Grace confirms that "Richard North Patterson is one of the best in the business" ( Time ).
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scribner, c2012
ISBN: 9781451617054
Branch Call Number: PAT
Characteristics: 278 p. ;,24 cm


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Sep 03, 2015

Complex storyline that is still easy to follow, which I think is indicative of a really good author. I look forward to the next two in this trilogy.

Oct 08, 2012

I liked this book. I listened on CD and really liked the storyline. Very complex lives involved. I liked the way it ended, even though justice was not completely served. I have not read Exile but will order it immediately!

Jun 18, 2012

This one was okay, but not nearly as good as Exile. Too much anger and meanness.

mrsgail5756 Jun 04, 2012

The BOOK was okay – but not one of my favorites.

May 29, 2012

Excellent book. Well written and good story line.

May 10, 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. First book by this author I had read. Really kept the pages turning.

GManBruce Apr 13, 2012

This is a bit of a departure but all in all a very good read. Complex, but well worth the ins-and-outs.

debwalker Apr 07, 2012

" love a good airplane novel, and Richard North Patterson is one of the best of the transatlantic-flight authors."
Margaret Cannon

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