For an author as accomplished as Richard North Patterson, this was unbelievably disappointing. In contrast to the complex and intrictate plots and characters of his early novels, this is like kindergarten. This was a whodunit, whose culprit was obvious from the beginning and for whom the journey to discovery wasn't all that interesting. I listened to the end in the hope that there would be something unexpected, but it was not to be. All that transpired was a series of expository conversations that reveal the identity of the perpetrator. If you've ever heard the expression that someone has "phoned in" their comments, meaning that they barely engaged and were unconcerned with the merits of their contribution, such would be an accurate portrayal of "The Spire". It could have been written in a weekend. I liked this author years ago, but I think he's grown lazy. This is not worth reading or listening to. Unless you're on an island with no other altenative. And even then, consider taking a swim.
Richard North Patterson is an outstanding writer, and I will continue to listen (read) his books.
No; but I've read other books by RNP.
I didn't have a favorite scene.
Yes. I thought the narration was excellent.
Before Prof Farr commits suicide, he says to Darrow, "You don't know the whole story." What was he alluding to? His past or a sequel?
Different from most of Patterson's political mysteries, this was an excellent psychological thriller. I figured out who the bad guy was about half way through the story, but enjoyed the ending anyway.
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I was surprised at the ending, did not expect it. I liked this book. I recommend it.
I love all Richard North Patterson novels. I enjoyed this one as well, but I preferred Patterson's earlier novel Silent Witness which feels very similar to me.
This book reminded me of the first books I read by Richard North Patterson...Degree of Guilt and Eyes of a Child. While I guessed the identity of the bad guy early on, I was still anxious as I always am when listening to one of his books. I loved it! The reader wasn't a Barbara Rosenblatt, but he was good.
I listen to books on my long drive to and from work. This story, if not riveting, kept my attention. Personally, I did not like the narrator as much as others. Always good to listen to samples first. This was a good mystery but not a big surprise.