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The novel begins in a San Francisco hotel room as Mary, now an NBC journalist, surveys the torn landscape of author Mark Ransom's apartment. Ransom is, or was, America's most eminent writer. As she tells the police, Ransom had uncovered new recorded evidence of an affair between a long-dead starlet and a now-sainted senator (shades of Marilyn Monroe and JFK). While Ransom and Mary were listening to the tapes, she claims, he tried to rape her and she killed him in self-defense. Mary turns to Paget to defend her in what becomes a complex case of missing and conflicting evidence. Old emotions are stirred between the two just as Paget begins to doubt Mary's innocence.
The suspense of Degree of Guilt is grounded in the twists and turns of the trial at the novel's center, but just as compelling is the emerging history of Mary and Paget, and Paget's struggles to keep his son out of the media frenzy surrounding his mother's case. As well, Patterson addresses the deeper ethical questions that face many lawyers as they decide which cases to take and which evidence to use. Capturing archetypal characters and situations, Degree of Guilt becomes a parable of American law. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Just Great !! This is one of the few court room driven books, that I have liked and not wanted to filp ahead or just put down. I just read this book, I had bought it used. Read morePublished on March 4 2004
This was a page turning legal thriller from the very beginning. Mr. Patterson manages to weave legal procedures into a gripping story that does not leave the reader neither... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by Kristi Ahlers
Patterson is the thinking man's Grisham. His characters take on a life of their own, and Degree of Guilt doesn't disappoint. Read morePublished on July 17 2002 by Chris P
RNP is one of my favourite writers and this is one of his best. It is a real courtroom thriller and really keeps you hooked. Read morePublished on May 7 2002 by "hari001"
Degree of Guilt's protagonist, Christopher Paget, has a difficult decision to make. His former lover, the mother of his son, has suddenly reappeared in their lives. The reason? Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2002 by GossamerWriter
This was the first book from Richard North Patterson that I have read, and certainly not the last. Character are very well defined and dialogues are very good. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2001 by Steve Gougeon
Excellent book!Patterson is true to his characters. Each is so intelligently developed and thoughtfully researched. Read morePublished on July 10 2001 by amriv
The book was enjoyable to read. The story itself was good and it was well written and it fit together. Read morePublished on March 26 2001