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Escape the Night Mass Market Paperback – Jun 12 1986
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"Intricate . . . Intelligent and menacing." The Boston Globe
By the bestselling author of "Degree of Guilt," an inescapable tale of suspense, scandal, and shock too terrifying to put aside as it draws you into its vortex of unforgettable characters and shattering events.
Peter Carey is the son of privilege -- and an heir to terror. Poised on the brink of power over a mighty family dynasty, he is also the victim of a recurring nightmare that suddenly becomes all too real. The twisted force that had claimed his parents many years before now stalks him too. But the key to his survival lies locked deep in Peter's own mind. And he must discover it before the final night closes in. . .
About the Author
Richard North Patterson is the author of "In The Name Of Honor", "Eclipse", "The Spire", "Exile", "The Race", "Degree Of Guilt", "Eyes Of A Child", "Silent Witness", and many other bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor, the assistant attorney general for the state of Ohio, and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. In 1993, he retired from his law practice to devote himself to writing. His first novel, "The Lasko Tangent", was the winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel in 1980. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and is a recipient of their President's Award for Distinguished Alumni. He lives in Martha's Vineyard, San Francisco, and Cabo San Lucas with his wife, Dr. Nancy Clair. "Richard North Patterson is a terrific novelist."-"The Washington Post"
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Top Customer Reviews
Grown up Peter, having amnesia after the accident that claims his parents' lives, now must face the sale of his father's company and fend off some mysterious and deadly pursuers.
What makes this book work so well is Patterson's handling of the psyche of Peter, and the difficult time he has trusting people. Several key characters are introduced including his girlfriend, Noelle; the crazed killer Martin; two psychiatrists, one a longtime friend of his father; and Ruth Levy, the mistress of his deceased father and also the sister of his psychiatrist.
The plot thickens, secrets are hidden and revealed, and the novel ends in a blazing finish that is more than satisfactory.
Not by any means a brilliant classic, "Escape the Night" is a well-written study in suspense and terror.
I had to assign myself fifty pages a day to complete this one. In a word it was a task. Confusing, way too dark, no sympathetic characters, boring and tedious.
Mr. Patterson is capable of much better, so I kept reading hoping for the enjoyment to begin...it never happened for me. I was just relieved to finish.
Someone once told me that "life is too short for a bad book." I think he had this book in mind.
books I read, I listed "Escape the Night" as excellent. I loved
the young "rich boy" who faces his fears and becomes a man in this
suspenseful mystery. It is also a love story or rather several
different kinds of love story and the bad guy is really bad.
It's "not too heavy, not too light" and I enjoyed it. Hope you
Most recent customer reviews
This book had an interesting and complicated plot but the writing was often confusing and, in my opinion did not flow. Read morePublished on April 21 2000
This book was not a very good one to read this time. Did the author wrote it during his dark days? Also, I want to know if this author is related to James Patterson another and... Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2000
I have read many of Mr.Patterson's books and have really enjoyed them. However "Escape The Night" was absolutely unbearable. Read morePublished on July 7 1999 by MizMistery@aol.com
Not one of RNP's best works. Really slow and tedious. Peter Carey never became a real person to me. Story just plodded along. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 1999