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In the Name of Honor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Boring and predictable cliched story writing.

    Boring and predictable cliched story writing.

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  • Posted July 11, 2010

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    Not Very Honorable Storytelling

    When an author sets out to write a trial novel, he knows that he has the advantage. He gets to decide what facts to present, and when to present them. He can mislead the reader, throw in last-minute surprises that resolve everything, use red herrings, or even decide that it was a dream and didn't really happen.
    Richard North Patterson is a good writer. So why, when he sets out to write a trial novel, does he create a situation where the sister of the defendant is his co-counsel? In a military court at that, even though she is a civil attorney who has never tried a murder case. She has an emotional relationship with the defendant that surely crowds her objectivity, and, to top it off, is a potential witness in the case. If that's not enough, you have no doubt which bed the two co-counsels will soon find themselves in. So, for a trial novel, it is hogwash to start with. Then we move on to the people involved- a convoluted family where who loves whom is up to debate, and suicide has caused the end of at least one marriage. The defendant is a basket case, just back form Iraq (a turn that could have been made interesting, except for too much psychobabble on someone the reader doesn't have a reason to care about.) He lies from the beginning to his lawyer and seems to have few redeeming qualities. The main military lawyer is assigned the case only a month before he is to leave the military, and insists that we will leave the case then despite getting completely caught up in it and getting into bed with the defendant's sister, the heretofore mentioned co-counsel. So of course the reader believes none of that either. Patterson has just disappointed me by taking the case of injustices done to returning Iraq war veterans and turning it into a joke of a novel.

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