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Fall from Grace: A Novel | [Richard North Patterson]

Fall from Grace: A Novel

The mysterious, violent death of a prominent New England patriarch exposes a nest of dark family secrets in bestselling author Richard North Patterson’s twentieth compelling novel. Adam Blaine arrives on the island of Martha’s Vineyard to attend the funeral of his estranged father, Ben Blaine, a famous and charismatic writer who has served as patriarch of his clan for many years.
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Publisher's Summary

The mysterious, violent death of a prominent New England patriarch exposes a nest of dark family secrets in bestselling author Richard North Patterson’s twentieth compelling novel. Adam Blaine arrives on the island of Martha’s Vineyard to attend the funeral of his estranged father, Ben Blaine, a famous and charismatic writer who has served as patriarch of his clan for many years. A man fond of sailboats, good wine, and women other than his wife, Ben Blaine has left behind a string of secrets in addition to an emotionally distraught widow and his strangely aloof mistress, Carla Pacelli, a beautiful television actress who once had a drug problem.

As soon as Adam arrives, he discovers that Ben has disinherited his mother, uncle, and brother in favor of his lover, and begins to wonder if his father’s death - caused by an inexplicable fall from a cliff - might be murder. Using his training as a CIA operative, Adam skillfully seeks to obscure the evidence suggesting that a family member may have killed his father, while at the same time fighting to undo the will, which favors the enigmatic Carla. As he walks this tightrope, Adam risks his freedom and perhaps his life, even as he unearths increasingly disturbing family secrets never meant to be discovered, and which cause him to question his understanding of his own life and everyone around him - his beloved mother, uncle, and brother and, not least, Carla.

Filled with tight psychological intrigue that will keep readers guessing until the very last page, Fall from Grace confirms that “Richard North Patterson is one of the best in the business” (Time).

©2012 Richard North Patterson (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

Fall from Grace is a stunning tale of betrayal and love - family members torn apart as the possible murder of the patriarch, whose power and prestige have dominated for decades, unravels secrets and scandals against the dramatic backdrop of the unforgiving Vineyard landscape. Richard North Patterson delivers thrilling suspense every time.” (Linda Fairstein, author of Silent Mercy)

"The Devil’s Light will grab you from the very first page and never let go. Patterson’s amazing storytelling is made all the better by his emotionally complex characters. I was intrigued.” (Kathy Reichs, #1 New York Times best-selling author of 206 Bones)

“Richard North Patterson is a terrific novelist.” (The Washington Post)

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    Sonya LIHUE, HI, United States 03-28-12
    Sonya LIHUE, HI, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2006
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    Would you listen to Fall from Grace again? Why?

    Yes. I usually go back to the stories I give 5 stars too.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, if the


    What does Dennis Boutsikaris bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He is the reason I decided to download the audiobook. Popular mysteries aren't usually my thin, but sometimes I'm open to trying something other than a romance novel and Mr. Boutsikaris sample was clear and strong and I can't explain how I was so drawn to his voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Patterson is an excellent wordsmith. I did not laugh or cry ... but I did thrill, gasp and sniffed through the scandalous plot. I liked that this story was set within the confines of a small town and that it navigated slippery family issues.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Sarver PA 06-28-12
    Carol Sarver PA 06-28-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Patterson: Not at his best"
    Would you try another book from Richard North Patterson and/or Dennis Boutsikaris?

    I've read several books by Richard North Patterson and have always been pleased. This time I was disappointed, not to the point where I'd never read another of his books, but this one was far from the best of his work. The plot was tedious and the characters were so self absorbed that I found very little to redeem them.


    What could Richard North Patterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There was not a single character with likeable qualities. I couldn't identify with any of them and therefore I couldn't like them very much either. I found that I didn't care what happened to any of them and by the end of the book, I was glad for them all that their story was over. If Mr. North had written even one compelling character I probably would have enjoyed the book more.


    What three words best describe Dennis Boutsikaris’s voice?

    Interesting Versatile Pleasing I like Mr. Boutsikaris as an actor and I like him as a reader.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Initially I was disappointed, then frustrated, and finally bored with everyone in the book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 04-06-12
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2005

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Not His Best- But Still Worthwhile"

    I love Richard North Patterson so I always read or listen to his books. This was a fast moving story, the narration was good and there was some interesting psychology going on. It was not great- but certainly not a waste of time. I am glad I listened to this rather than read it though, since it wasnt really that original.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    RITU Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 04-29-12
    RITU Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 04-29-12 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Not his best work"

    The book felt like one long therapy session. Each secondary character (who was still alive) poured his or her heart out to the protagonist who then had to make sense of it all. There was lots of talking and little action. It was very predictable and read more like a souped up romance novel than a mystery novel. The protagonist did have an interesting back story but it was not fully developed. I expect it will be fleshed out in subsequent books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Wiedenfeld Maurepas, LA, United States 04-13-12
    Pam Wiedenfeld Maurepas, LA, United States 04-13-12

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fall from Grace to be better than the print version?

    I haven't "read" a book in a very long time. My commute is an hour each way so I've been listening to books for quite a few years now. I did listen to the unabridged version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fall from Grace?

    Finding out if a murder or suicide was committed.


    What does Dennis Boutsikaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Relaxing voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have an extreme reaction to this book but enjoyed every minute of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book. Great story and wonderful reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie United States 06-13-14
    Debbie United States 06-13-14 Member Since 2013

    Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..

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    "Family Secrets, Intricacies... Bittersweet"
    Would you listen to Fall from Grace again? Why?

    No because I just did! I would recommend it. It has been years since I read books by this author which I enjoyed very much then. I will not read this one again; I will purchase some additional titles by Patterson.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fall from Grace?

    There are a few dark scenes that stand out. Mostly this novel builds. Families and their battles & secrets we find are not always what we think they are even within our own families. There is love, deceit, honor, horror.... Yet the flow is smooth and builds steadily but calmly. I never experienced any jerky, confusing segues.


    Have you listened to any of Dennis Boutsikaris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He was perfect for this book and contributed to my enjoyment. I will remember his name.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some sad, some "deep thoughts" - introspection generated, regrets considered, but no crying or laughing. Actually if anything a laugh or two might have been welcomed!


    Any additional comments?

    The legal aspects, integral to the "plan" could have been better developed. I liked the protagonist and would have enjoyed a bit more information about HIS secrets at the end of the read. Perhaps a sequel?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    will woodstock, GA, United States 05-25-12
    will woodstock, GA, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2011

    I love books and now with Audible I can enjoy books on the go. I like to listen while walking my golden retriever Karma.

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    "Not his best but not bad either."

    If your familiar with the authors previous works this book reminded me of his novel the spire in story structure. I did feel however that it was a bit anticlimactic. I enjoyed the mystery element of this story but I felt like overall it was missing something. I don't know if I had it to do over again if I would spend my credit on this but I did enjoy it and it made my drive to orlando a lot easier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Audra M. Spencer Grove City, PA 05-06-12
    Audra M. Spencer Grove City, PA 05-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting Book"

    I enjoy RNP books (although not the ones about the middle east). This book was somewhat predictable but I still enjoyed how the story played out. It was a little slow in the beginning. If you are a fan it was worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 04-14-12
    L.W. Idabel, OK, United States 04-14-12 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "It was okay"

    RNP is an author I like because his plots are complicated and interesting. This one didn't have anyone you could really be proud of or cheer for. It was a somewhat predictible storyline. But interesting. It was complicated and I wish I could listen to it again but...no, I can't. When families are this messed up...I can't go back to the story again. Everything doesn't have to be feel good but this was depressing.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    FCM 04-15-12
    FCM 04-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Just okay"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The plot seems contrived. I was looking for a riveting suspense novel and I did not find one here.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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