The Spire

Richard North Patterson

03 March 2016
9781509824144
416 pages

Synopsis

'A must read' Former President Bill Clinton
'Patterson has the rare gift of enthralling as he informs' Mark Lawson, Guardian


Mark Darrow grows up to become a superb trial lawyer – thanks to the mentorship of Lionel Farr, a professor at Caldwell, the local college. Now, it’s time for Farr to ask his still-youthful protégé to return the favour: an embezzlement scandal threatens to destroy Caldwell.

Returning to his alma mater as president opens old wounds. Sixteen years before, he discovered the body of a black female student, Angela Hall, at the base of The Spire, the bell tower that dominates the leafy campus. His best friend, Steve Tillman, was charged with Angela’s murder and given a life sentence. Darrow begins his own inquiry into the murder, and is soon convinced that the killer is still at large. His own life too may be at risk . . .

Gripping and razor-sharp, The Spire is a hugely satisfying thriller, a poignant love story – and Richard North Patterson’s most compelling novel in years.

a compelling story, fully worthy of Richard North Patterson, which is made even more intriguing by its detailed insight into the world of special-interests politics in Washington, D.C.

Will grab you from the very first page and never let go

Patterson is a fluid prose writer clearly at his best in the taut courtroom scenes...

The Times