Fall from Grace: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 20, 2012 - Fiction - 278 pages
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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).
 

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Taut thriller from accomplished attorney-turned-mysterian Patterson (In the Name of Honor, 2010, etc.) set on the familiar turf of Martha's Vineyard.There, on that Massachusetts island, Adam Blaine ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
10
Section 3
17
Section 4
26
Section 5
35
Section 6
41
Section 7
46
Section 8
53
Section 23
161
Section 24
167
Section 25
174
Section 26
181
Section 27
187
Section 28
192
Section 29
201
Section 30
208

Section 9
58
Section 10
66
Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
135
Section 20
141
Section 21
148
Section 22
155
Section 31
214
Section 32
223
Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
264
Section 40
270
Section 41
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Section 42
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About the author (2012)

Richard North Patterson is the author of The Devil's Light, In the Name of Honor, The Spire, and sixteen other bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. He lives in Martha's Vineyard, San Francisco, and Cabo San Lucas with his wife.

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