Fall from Grace

Fall from Grace

by Richard North Patterson
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Fall from Grace by Richard North Patterson

The mysterious, violent death of a prominent New England patriarch exposes a nest of dark family secrets in New York Times bestselling author Richard North Patterson’s twentieth compelling novel.

From #1 bestselling author Richard North Patterson comes a “spellbinding”* psychological puzzle filled with unexpected legal twists, potentially criminal turns, and one family’s shocking fall from grace.

After ten years away from home, Adam Blaine returns to Martha’s Vineyard to attend the funeral of his estranged father, Ben, a famous and charismatic writer who was fond of sailboats, good wine—and women other than his wife. When Adam learns that Ben disinherited his family in favor of his mistress, he begins to wonder if his father’s death—caused by an inexplicable fall from a cliff—might have been suicide or murder. Using his training as a CIA operative, Adam unearths some shattering revelations about the mistress’s past. But even more disturbing are the family secrets that can’t stay buried any longer—secrets that make Adam question everything he thought he knew about every player in this fateful game. Even himself. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451617078
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 4.42(w) x 7.38(h) x 0.87(d)

About 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, Dr. Nancy Clair.

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Fall from Grace 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
JacksonvilleReader More than 1 year ago
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.
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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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robertpe More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Complex,riveting. You become invested in the characters.
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A very good writer
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jharding More than 1 year ago
A real page turner as Patterson does it again.
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jake9 More than 1 year ago
reading the reviews for decision making and noticied that anonymous appears to be the only respondant who enjoted this book!!!!!!
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