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Degree of Guilt (Christopher Paget Series #2)

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  • Posted October 25, 2009

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    Keep reading, it will be worth it

    Christopher Paget is San Francisco attorney who is compelled to defend Mary Carelli the estranged mother of his live-in son for the murder of a famous writer she accuses of trying to rape her. For the sake of his son Chris tries his best to defend her as he searches for the truth about what really happened in that hotel room. But as the courtroom drama unfolds Marnie Sharpe, the prosecutor, skillfully exposes the lies in Mary's story portraying her as a pre-meditated murder rather than a victim. And everyone is searching for missing audio tapes between Mary and her psychologist that can potentially end Mary's chance of an acquittal and reveal truths about Chris and their son that could end his career and turn his life upside-down.

    This book was originally published in 1993. It's re-release in paperback form 17 years later is curious. Although a courtroom thriller built around the murder of rapist by one his victims it is at least as much about the psychology of the criminal and the victim. And while this may sound macabre Patterson's story unfolds in way that is both revealing and captivating. However, this is very much an adult book with a candid expose' of a sociopath that can leave the reader grimacing. Tedious at first it becomes a compelling read. Highly recommend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    Second Time Around

    When I started this book, I realized I had read it before -- five years ago. However, I enjoyed it as much in rereading and recalled only a few major details.

    A great escape/rainy day read when you can curl up with your favorite beverage, a purring cat, and a few hours to yourself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2005

    Solid but not great

    I picked up Richard North Patterson's first novel The Lasko Tangent at a used bookstore one day, just on a whim. My wife read it, recommended it to me, and I enjoyed it also. I thought the plot and pacing lurched around too much, and some of the dialog was painfully stilted, but the characters were more fleshed out than those of most bestsellers, and some of the dialog was actually pretty funny. I decided to read Lasko's sequel, Degree of Guilt, and I am glad I did. In the years between Lasko and Degree, RNP has sharpened his craft, specifically with regard to plot. Lasko's protagonist (and likely alter-ego) Christopher Paget returns, having relocated to San Francisco, where he finds himself defending his previous lover (and mother of his son) Mary Carelli from a murder charge. She claims to have been assualted in an attempted rape, but the eveidence seems to suggest otherwise. I found myself eager to find out what surprises awaited me around each corner and although some plot twists were predictable, others were not. Unfortunately, Patterson has not improved his dialog one iota; the witticisms have been trimmed back and there is nary a page without at least one cringe-worthy line solemnly delivered. Still, Degree of Guilt was a big step in the right direction for Patterson, and I look forward to reading the third installment in the series, Eyes of a Child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2001

    not just on the surface

    I can't agree with the previous review. May be it is obvious to some how the trial will end, but even so, the book is not about it. I greatly enjoyed the intricate relationships between characters and the careful portrayal of their inner selves. To me, 'degree of guilt' is the book about real people with their not-so-perfect personalities. I turn pages just to find out that the author lives in my world as well.

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