Private Screening (Tony Lord Series #1)

Private Screening (Tony Lord Series #1)

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by Richard North Patterson
     
 

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"Thrilling.... PRIVATE SCREENING succeeds on all counts. It's a footrace of a read, daring you to put it down."
ATLANTA JOURNAL & CONSTITUTION
The nation is stunned silent when presidential hopeful James Kilcannon is shot dead in front of his rock-star girlfriend Stacy Tarrant. Fiercely independent attorney Tony Lord dares to defend the shooter, but

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"Thrilling.... PRIVATE SCREENING succeeds on all counts. It's a footrace of a read, daring you to put it down."
ATLANTA JOURNAL & CONSTITUTION
The nation is stunned silent when presidential hopeful James Kilcannon is shot dead in front of his rock-star girlfriend Stacy Tarrant. Fiercely independent attorney Tony Lord dares to defend the shooter, but the already bizarre plot takes another twist. As America watches, a mysterious and ruthless figure, known only as Phoenix, takes to the airwaves— and takes the wife of a wealthy newspaper mogul and Stacy's manager as his hostages. Phoenix mounts a televised trial of his own—in which Stacy Tarrant and Tony Lord are helpless defendents, millions of viewers are jurors, and—unless his chilling demands are met—Pheonix is the unstoppable executioner....

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Patterson's latest (The Lasko Tangent, Escape the Night) is a crackerjack thriller. First a rock superstar's manager and then a newspaper mogul's wife are kidnapped; the latter event is videotaped and sent to a cable news network. ``Phoenix,'' the chief kidnapper, appears masked on the tape, promising TV trials of the principals and, if his demands aren't met, a live broadcast of an execution. Attorney Tony Lord is called by superstar Stacy Tarrant to help ransom her manager. A year before, Lord had defended the Vietnam vet who had assassinated Stacy's lover, a U.S. Senator killed on the eve of California's presidential primary. Half the book is a long, vivid flashback to the assassination and trial, both of which prove to have surprising connections with the kidnapping. In a complex plot, Patterson saves his most shocking twists for the ending, however. And even while maintaining a breakneck pace, he manages to convey Vietnam's sad legacy for many of its veterans. A superior performance, with a few scenes that beg for movie or TV treatment. October 15
Library Journal
When a Vietnam veteran assassinates California's presidential candidate, an intricate plot begins to unfold. A terror ist who styles himself the Phoenix kid naps two people and captures prime time television to air his demands. Be hind the scenes the assassin's lawyer shuttles among the principals; eventu ally he becomes the reluctant point man in the negotiations with Phoenix. In a shock ending that evokes the sort of nasty secrets exposed by Raymond Chandler, the pieces all come together. Unlike those hardboiled thrillers, though, this book brims with upbeat emotions like true love, loyalty, and courage. Patterson's own background as a trial lawyer gives the dialogue in his fourth novel a realistic thrust-and- parry rhythm. There are really two sto ries here, for along with the thriller is a restrained and taut tale of one U.S. sol dier whose conduct in the war haunts him still. Engaging and intelligent, this complex story puts a new gloss on the terror and troubles of our times. Bar bara Conaty, Medical Coll. of Wiscon sin Lib., Milwaukee

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345311399
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1986
Series:
Tony Lord Series, #1
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
670,595
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.15(d)

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Richard North Patterson's  previous novels include the international bestsellers The Lasko Tangent, Degree of Guilt, Eyes of a Child, The Final Judgment, Silent Witness, and No Safe Place all available from Random House AudioBooks.

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Christopher Reeve played Superman in the series of four films.  He starred opposite Katherine Hepburn in A Matter of Gravity, in Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July, and then appeared in many films, including The Remains of the Day and The Bostonians for Merchant Ivory as well as Death Trap, Somewhere in Time, Streetsmart, and the HBO movie Above Suspicion.  He is also the President of the Christopher Reeve Foundation.  Reeve, his wife Dana, and their son Will live in Bedford, New York.

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Private Screening (Tony Lord Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really, really disliked this book and I'll read--and find an excuse to like--just about anything. I found it difficult to relate to much less enjoy ANY of the characters, the entirely implausible plot meandered aimlessly through an incongruent text, and the finale was utterly predictable. "Private Screening" isn't even a good "bad book" in a camp value sense. Just order something else or watch a Lifetime Original Movie instead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Quite different from the usual crime fiction yarn and oh-so-enjoyable. Tony Lord is quite a likable character. the story line was intrigueing. Hats off to you Richard...once again!