The Outside Man: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 1982 - Fiction - 303 pages
3 Reviews
The outside man is society lawyer Adam Shaw. A northerner in a southern town jealous of its secrets, he finds the dead body of his best friend's wealthy wife -- and his friend is missing.
In a world where wealthy people will stop at nothing to maintain a genteel image, Shaw must gamble his career, his marriage, and his very life in a passionate quest for the real murderer -- and learn the shocking truth about his own past and future . . . .
"A classic detective story." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Rich, complex, beautifully written." -- The New Republic
"Richard North Patterson seems destined for celebrity status, alongside Scott Turow and John Grisham, as an acknowledged master." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
 

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User Review  - gpangel - LibraryThing

This is one of the first RNP novels. It was published in the very early 1980's. During that time these over the top melodramatic plots that remind you of night time soap operas and a thousand made for ... Read full review

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User Review  - elliezann - LibraryThing

Richard North Patterson has created a southern mystery exploring family and loyalty. Adam Shaw finds the body of his former mentor's wife and must put his life,wife, and career on the line to find who ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
15
Section 4
23
Section 5
27
Section 6
38
Section 7
59
Section 8
67
Section 20
180
Section 21
190
Section 22
197
Section 23
203
Section 24
209
Section 25
220
Section 26
230
Section 27
240

Section 9
72
Section 10
78
Section 11
91
Section 12
96
Section 13
105
Section 14
110
Section 15
124
Section 16
136
Section 17
143
Section 18
159
Section 19
172
Section 28
248
Section 29
255
Section 30
258
Section 31
263
Section 32
267
Section 33
272
Section 34
277
Section 35
282
Section 36
297
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About the author (1982)

Richard North Patterson was born in Berkeley, California on February 22, 1947. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1968 and Case Western Reserve University's School of Law in 1971. He has served as an assistant attorney general for the state of Ohio; a trial attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco; and was the SEC's liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor. He retired from the practice of law in 1993 to become a full-time writer. He studied creative writing with Jesse Hill Ford at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His first novel, The Lasko Tangent, won an Edgar Allen Poe Award in 1979. His other works include Private Screening, Eyes of a Child, Silent Witness, No Safe Place, Exile, Eclipse, The Devil's Light, and Fall from Grace. He has received several awards of his work including the French Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere in 1995 for Degree of Guilt and a Maggie Award from Planned Parenthood for Protect and Defend.

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