Degree of Guilt (Christopher Paget Series #2)

Degree of Guilt (Christopher Paget Series #2)

by Richard North Patterson
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Degree of Guilt (Christopher Paget Series #2) by Richard North Patterson

Mary Carelli, one of the most powerful women in TV journalism, is charged with the murder of Mark Ransom, America's most eminent novelist. Her attorney, Christopher Paget, sets out to shock the courtroom with revelations about Ransom as a twisted sexual predator. But as the trial unfolds, it is Paget who will be surprised...by Mary's secret motive for murder...by evidence that Mary is lying...by a woman prosecutor who believes Mary invented the story of rape...and by an enigmatic judge with an agenda of her own....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345381842
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/1993
Series: Christopher Paget Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 4.75(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

RICHARD NORTH PATTERSON is the author of The Spire, Eclipse and fourteen 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 San Francisco and on Martha's Vineyard with his wife, Dr. Nancy Clair.

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Degree of Guilt 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Goonboy2 More than 1 year ago
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.
MargaretofBrighton More than 1 year ago
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.
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Poorly written, extremely far-fetched interpretation of the law and ridiculous outcome. If the repetitive review of the contents of the exhibits (tasks) that made the story insanely monotonous, the book would be half as long and possibly worth another star.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. The book was very well written and the book was very exciting. I would give this book *****
bubblesBG More than 1 year ago
This book is a fast read and I could not put it down. The interpretation of the law and the twists and turns kept me wanting to find out what happened. The main character, Chris Paget, is a complex person who makes the storyline even more interesting. After reading this author,I would want to read more of his books.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED 'DEGREE OF GUILT' AS A LEGAL THRILLER. IT IS ALSO A BOOK THAT TALKS OF INTRICATE FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS AND THE WAY THEY AFFECT EACH MEMBER OF A FAMILY. THE ENDING WAS UNEXPECTED YET SATISFACTORY AND THE AUTHORS OWN QUOTES ABOUT WHAT CONSTITUTES THE FAMILY BOND IS TOTALLY ACCURATE. YOU WILL ENJOY THIS BOOK FROM START TO END AS THE PACE IS FAST AND CARRIES THE READER WITH IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love RNP and this is one of the books in which he really is at his vintage best. RNP really knows how to get reader hooked, the book runs like motion picture in your mind. Christopher Paget is the protagonist.The lady who is the mother of his only son, the lady who once tried to murder him is forced to re-enter his life. The reason - the death; or rather murder of an eminent American novelist Mark Ransom.Mary says that she had gone to the hotel room in San Fransisco to interview Mark Ransom and to gain some information on the death of a famous actress, connected with a senator. She claims that he had tried to rape her and in the process killed him in self defense.Chris is to defend Mary Carelli in one of the best and exemplarily written courtroom dramas I have ever read. A few tapes of evidence and other evidence make it a tough courtroom war. Mark Ransom's obsession to the dead actress, evidence that show Mary is capable of murder and Chris forced to face a complex past are all part of this intense thriller.The book after some time moves at an electrifying pace and certain surprises really sting you. A definite worthwile and amazing read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.