Winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel
"An acknowledged master." Los Angeles Times Book Review
The investigation of a politically powerful industrialist; the death of a key witness; the corruption of a federal agency. These are the explosive elements facing cynical young government lawyer Christopher Paget as he embarks on a mission that will hurl him into a brutal world of murder, kidnapping, and deception. From its intriguing beginnings to its stunning climax, international best-selling author Richard North Patterson’s first novel is a taut, gripping thriller about real people forced to face their inner fears and values.
About the Author
Richard North Patterson is the New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty novels, a former chairman of Common Cause, and a member of the Council On Foreign Relations.
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This is Patterson's first novel, written more than 25 years ago. As a first effort it's not too bad, although it's not great either. The plot involves an investigator at the Economic Crimes Commission who uncovers more than he expects when investigating a possible manipulation of stock price. The protagonist, Christopher Paget, has since appeared in other Patterson novels, including Degree of Guilt. The plot moves quickly and Patterson uses plenty of misdirection to keep you guessing. The characters are a little better than the usual formulaic stereotypes that inhabit most best-selling mysteries, but they are still wooden at times, with stilted dialogue to boot. The ending is a stretch and parts of the plot don't really add up to deliver the pat ending that mystery readers find so enjoyable, where everything makes sense in hindsight. Still, The Lasko Tangent is certainly readable, and not a bad way to pass an afternoon. Don't look for too much substance and you won't be too disappointed.
Having read Degree of Guilt a few years ago, it was interesting to read a bit about Paget's earlier life. But this in no way really connected the two stories together. The premise was not far fetched, but the way it played out was.
Great work full of intrigue. Kept you in the game till the very end.