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The Outside Man Mass Market Paperback – Feb 12 1982
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The outside man is society lawyer Adam Shaw. A northerner in a southern town jealous of its secrets, he finds the dead body of his best friend's wealthy wife -- and his friend is missing.
In a world where wealthy people will stop at nothing to maintain a genteel image, Shaw must gamble his career, his marriage, and his very life in a passionate quest for the real murderer -- and learn the shocking truth about his own past and future . . . .
"A classic detective story." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Rich, complex, beautifully written." -- The New Republic
"Richard North Patterson seems destined for celebrity status, alongside Scott Turow and John Grisham, as an acknowledged master." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review
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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Nothing is as it seems from this point; there's much more than meets the eye in all of the characters' secrets and so forth. Eventually three people end up dead by the time the crime is solved. The true culprit is somewhat of a surprise, although the character's presence in the book is never really likeable. The showdown at the end is somewhat contrived, but it serves its purpose.
If you're a true Patterson fan, this book will please you but savor his later efforts.
This book involved many characters and many plot twists. Just as you and Adam Shaw think that you have figured out who the murderer is, you are proved wrong. This book is masterfully crafted. Towards the conclusion of the book, when you learn what exactly transpired it gets slightly confusing, but if you slow down it will make sense. I think it would be better enjoyed if you have a few long sittings to read it, rather than what I did with about 15 minutes a night since that made it tougher to have consistency.
All-in-all, this was a suspenseful thriller which I would recommend that you should read. And if you don't choose this particular book by Richard North Patterson, find another by him. I definately will keep reading his books.
Shaw basically spends the entire book in his car chasing the plot twists back & forth! There are so many minor bits & pieces that pop back up, it's a book that needs an index. I've read most of his stuff but this one almost doesn't come together till late. Not his best but he's good enough to make it worthwhile...
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He's done so much better..sad meandering story. Plot thin and characters not worth much interest, in my opinion. Decide for yourselves.Published 12 months ago by Diana
i like the author a lot and the story, pace and writing style were good.Published on July 6 2003 by Nicole
EARLY WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR JUMP AROUND TOO MUCH - BUT HE ALWAYS HAS THE BEST TWISTS AND TURNS. IF YOU LIKE PATTERSON AT ALL, CONTINUE TO PICK UP HIS LATEST WORKS. Read morePublished on April 19 1999