Fall From Grace

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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.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 ...

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Overview

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.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, a beautiful television actress who once had a drug problem. As soon as Adam arrives, he is thrust into the search for his father’s murderer. Using his training as a CIA operative, Blaine skillfully seeks to find the truth surrounding his father’s violent death—even if it means exposing one of his own family members as the killer and unearthing hidden skeletons that were never meant to be found.

Filled with tight psychological intrigue that will keep readers guessing until the very end, Fall from Grace confirms that “Richard North Patterson is one of the best in the business” (Time).

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Legal questions hang on every twist and turn of this tightly woven nonlegal thriller, bestseller Patterson’s best novel since 2009’s Eclipse. After 10 years away from home, Adam Blaine returns to Martha’s Vineyard after his estranged father, world-famous writer Benjamin Blaine, is found dead at the bottom of a high promontory overlooking the sea. Survivors include Adam’s mother, Clarice; his gay brother, Teddy; his old girlfriend, Jenny Leigh; and his father’s movie star girlfriend, Carla Pacelli, all of whom had reason to have shoved Ben off the cliff. Ben’s recently amended will leaves million to Carla, million to Jenny, and ,000 to Adam, who’s also named the executer of the estate. Clarissa and Teddy inherit nothing. The mysterious Adam, who’s ostensibly working for an agriculture company in Afghanistan, must figure out who killed Ben and break the will. Readers will enjoy unraveling the tangled mystery alongside Adam right up until the last revelation. Agent: Bonnie Nadell, Hill Nadell Literary Agency. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410446749
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/6/2012
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 509
  • Sales rank: 1,383,624
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted March 19, 2012

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    A Painfully Slow Mystery With Dark Characters

    This is a book were you plod along and wait for something to happen and very little does. Adam Blaine is a covert government agent working on an assignment in Afghanistan and is called home because his father (Ben) has died. Adam abruptly left 10 years prior and hadn't spoken to his father since. He finds that his father either fell, was pushed or committed suicide from a cliff. The police highly suspect foul play and their prime suspect is Adam's brother Teddy.

    Adam is mysteriously selected the executor of the estate and a new will has cut off Ben's wife (Clarice) and Teddy. Additionally the will has left most of Ben's estate to his mistress (Carla) and smaller amounts to Adam's ex-girlfriend (Jenny) and to Adam himself. As Adam apparently hates his father and doesn't care how he died, he is also fearful for Teddy and wants to clear him of all charges. Therefore he decides to open his own investigation.

    This is just at the beginning of the book. The rest of the book moves at a snail's pace and you keep expecting Adam to get into a battle or something based on his training but this never happens. All the people involved are very "dark" and the most "dark" is Adam himself. It seems like Adam has all the feelings of a stone. The reader never really cares for the characters, even when the author reveals how each character became the way they are it does not change the reader's opinion.

    The author's style also sometimes gets in the way and the overuse of flashbacks gets annoying. There were also some inconsistancies is the story that I noticed and this could be because it was an uncorrected proof. Most of these inconsistancies did not detract from the story (I seemed to be confused when Adam was playing the last hole in a round of golf with Ben as it seemed like it said that Ben put his ball 10 yards past Adam's. Then they later tee-off on the hole so did Ben tee off 10 yards in front of Adam or did they replay the hole?).

    Anyway, by the time we learn what actually happened on the cliff the reader really doesn't care (I guess we become like Adam) Also, it seems to have been taken more from a soap opera plot than real life. Further, how Adam is able to obtain information from the DA's office seemed to be like something you would expect from an episode of Desperate Housewives. I barely give this one 3 stars.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    I was very disappointed in this novel. Plot twists were telegrap

    I was very disappointed in this novel. Plot twists were telegraphed far in advance, there were no surprises.
    I kept thinking "there has to be more than this". There wasn't. I have read all of Patterson's previous novel's,
    I'm not so sure that I will be reading his future works.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    Could not put it down

    I always enjoy books by this author but this was one book I could not put down and could not wait to finish-while wishing it would not end

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    Fall From Grace returned to Patterson's writing style that I hav

    Fall From Grace returned to Patterson's writing style that I have enjoyed for years. His past few books have been disappointing--to the point of not finishing one! But I thoroughly enjoyed Fall From Grace and finished reading in 2 days.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Disappointing on so.... many levels.

    1)Plods along.
    2)Too many plot twists to make it realistic.
    3)Annoying from the point of view that the character Ben is always (and repeatedly) talking about the qualities of a good writer but the author truly fails to deliver.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    Good story

    I read this book because I read its predecessor loss of innocense. Loss was great story unfortunately I found Grace not as good. Its too much of a whodunit than continuation of the great characters that were developed in loss of innocense. Again...not bad but I thought it would have been a bit different or better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Excellent

    Complex,riveting. You become invested in the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Excellent

    A very good writer

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Another Great Read

    A real page turner as Patterson does it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Slow plods along

    No excitment or action worth caring about. That also goes for the characters. Adam's life as a CIA agent would have been more interesting and ex citing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    reading the reviews for decision making and noticied that anonym

    reading the reviews for decision making and noticied that anonymous appears to be the only respondant who enjoted this book!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Subtle ending.

    Always enjoy Patterson writings. This one I had trouble putting down. Unusually enlightening approach to keeping something til the end.

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

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    A very disappointing book. Not only do I feel no sympathy for th

    A very disappointing book. Not only do I feel no sympathy for the characters, I don't like them and having reached past the midway place in this book, couldn't care less about them. Okay, they love Martha's Vineyard..enough! Wealthy people bohooing because they may have to live as the rest of us do. I have every Richard North Patterson book and won't give up on him yet. But I find myself wondering who really wrote this one. I actually checked to be sure....it's that bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Krazykit

    Im feelin down.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Lightningstar

    I wasnt going too.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Review1334236100437

    This is a really nice book!1334236100437

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Great Read

    I found this book just as interesting as all RNP,s other books I didnt fell that it was like a soap opera as other reviews stated I highly recommend it

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  • Posted April 10, 2012

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    This did seem to be more of a soap opera than I would expect fro

    This did seem to be more of a soap opera than I would expect from Richard North Patterson. I enjoy most of his books, like this one okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Disapointing

    Normally enjoy RNP books, have read them all and some more than once. After reading the reviews however I decided to get from the library first.
    Glad I did this is probably the most uninspired RNP book I have read.

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