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Il peso dell'innocenza (1994)

by Patterson Richard North, Biavasco Annamaria (Translator), Guani Valentina (Translator)

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Title:Il peso dell'innocenza
Authors:Patterson Richard North
Other authors:Biavasco Annamaria (Translator), Guani Valentina (Translator)
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This is the third in Patterson's 4-book Christopher Paget series. Paget is a high-priced defense attorney who this time finds himself the suspect in a murder case. The book is very well plotted and Patterson goes out of his way to give depth to his characters, their situations and their relation to each other, so the book is enjoyable.

Unfortunately, as in the series' second book, Patterson still displays hack writer's penchant for referring to his characters way too often by their full names. As in, "Christopher Paget gazed at Theresa Peralta and wondered what she was thinking." I find that seriously distracting when it is repeated throughout the narrative, as it is here.

Also, Patterson has a fairly pronounced case of "all at once" disease. Meaning, characters all too often experience things "all at once." "All at once, he saw what the problem was." "All at once, he wanted to put his arms around her." Once or twice per book at most, my brother. After that, drop it. And it's curious, since Patterson is not a hack writer. Perhaps some hack editor went through the manuscript inserting the full names and all-at-once's without Patterson's knowledge.

Anyway, the book is quite enjoyable, although the ending is not all that hard to figure out. So I do recommend the first three books of this series, although those unfortunate tics drop my rating down from 4 starts to 3 1/2, and I'm not sure I feel compelled to read the series' 4th and final installment. ( )
  rocketjk | Oct 9, 2013 |
The husband of a woman in the middle of a custody battle turns up dead - was it murder? Or suicide? Never was there a more deserving victim, This book features characters from "Degree of Guilt," and is a great read. ( )
  herebedragons | Feb 9, 2007 |
An odd book. The title leads you to believe the child is like kidnapped or something, but really it's a book about divorce and a horrible man. The suspense and twists keep it alive.
  FieryNight | Aug 26, 2006 |
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Ricardo Arias is found dead, the gun still wedged in his mouth. It looks like suicide, but the physical evidence strongly suggests murder. The police investigation uncovers an estranged wife, Terri Peralta; an ugly custody battle over their six-year-old daughter, Elena; heated charges of child abuse; and a murder suspect: San Francisco defense attorney Christopher Paget.

Paget has motive--it's his son accused of abusing Elena, his political plans for the future put at risk by the dead man's accusations, and his alibi that is dangerously threadbare.

And the shocking revelations that threaten to explode in the courtroom may remain hidden forever...by Chris Paget's refusal to testify on his own behalf...by Elena's tangled loyalties...and by dark secrets that some desperately wish to keep silent....

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We are in San Francisco: Ricardo Arias is found dead in his apartment, the gun that killed him wedged in his mouth. The physical evidence might confirm suicide, but there is no doubt that it strongly suggests murder. The police investigation quickly uncovers a maze of emotion and conflict that surrounded the dead man in the last months of his life: an estranged wife, Terri Peralta; an ugly custody fight over their six-year-old daughter, Elena; threats of extortion; accusations of adultery; and sexual abuse of the child. And then the police uncover a murder suspect. He's Terri's new lover, Christopher Paget, a man of wealth and prominence, an extremely high-profile San Francisco defense attorney. Paget has motive - it's his son accused of abusing Elena, his personal and political plans for the future put at risk by the dead man's accusations - and his alibi is dangerously threadbare. Now, defense attorney becomes defendant. Now Paget's defense attorney, Caroline Masters - an equally high-powered lawyer and former judge - works desperately to raise reasonable doubt in the minds of the jury, even as Paget and Terri struggle to preserve their future and that of their cherished children. But as the trial progresses, we begin to see that what comes to light in the courtroom may be fatefully intertwined with what threatens to remain hidden: by Paget's refusal to testify on his own behalf, by Elena's tangled loyalties, and by Terri's inability - or unwillingness - to recall the details of her own childhood trauma.… (more)

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