Silent Witness begins in 1967, in a small Midwestern town. Seventeen-year-old Tony Lord, Lake City's star athlete, seems destined for great things. His driving ambition is precisely what attracts Alison Taylor, the daughter of the town's leading family, and it is what sets Tony apart from his 2 closest friends: Sam Robb and Sam's girl, Sue Cash. Suddenly everything changes. Alison Taylor is brutally murdered, and Tony is the number one suspect. The town turns against him. His friendship with Sam is destroyed. And Tony leaves Lake City, vowing never to return. Twenty-seven years later, an urgent phone call from Sue changes Tony's life once more. For Tony Lord is now a San Francisco lawyer - a relentless advocate dedicated to the defense of his clients. Sue's plea for help is one he cannot ignore: her husband, Sam Robb, now the vice principal of Lake City High School, is suspected of the murder of a female student. In seeking to save him, Tony must confront not only the fear that Sam is a murderer, but the concealed passions and buried truths that underlie Alison's death so long ago.
©1997 by Richard North Patterson (P)1996 by Random House Audio Publishing, Inc., All Rights Reserved Under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions, Reproduced by Arrangement with Random House Audio Publishing, Inc.
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By Enervator on 24-06-07

Excellent read

This was the best audio book I've heard for some time. Don't be put off by the length of it, it's well worth it. The narration is fast paced and interesting and there's something utterly compulsive about the story. For the first time ever I listened 'through the night'.

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By Tom on 05-12-08

Slightly disappointing

I was looking forward to listening to this book; legal thrillers are particularly suitable for audiobooks and Richard North Patterson's books have a good reputation.

I was however disappointed. The book takes quite a long time to get going, and whilst the legal thriller aspects, as it were, are pretty good, they are not by any means spellbinding; the plot is a little obvious - if you cant guess who did it, you are not paying much attention - and the interplay between the main characters drags after a while. Compared, say, to the best of Scott Turow's or John Grisham's earlier books, this is second rate stuff. I wont be downloading any more of his books.

On the plus side, the narration is very good, and keeps you listening, particularly the courtroom exchanges.

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By Linda on 01-02-03

Caught me by surprise....

I can usually figure out whodunit halfway through a book. This had me guessing up the climatic chapter - and then I kept saying, "no, no, no way". It's so nice to have a book catch me by surprise. It was well written and the characters were well drawn, enough so that I cared about what happened to them. If you like mysteries, and good trial dramas, add this one to your list.

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4 out of 5 stars
By AMColorado on 15-11-09

Superb legal thriller.

I listen to Richard North Patterson every few months. Each time I do, I remember how much I like his stories and put another of his books into my wish list. This book is full of the interesting, intellectual dialog and plot twists that keeps the book interesting until the very end - even for a long book. I highly recommend this book.

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