Books by Richard North Patterson

Richard North Patterson is the author of twelve prior novels, including Balance of Power, Protect and Defend, and Degree of Guilt. Formerly a trial lawyer, Mr. Patterson served as the SEC's liaison to the Watergate Special Prosecutor, and is now on the bo


BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Patterson is no Theodore White or Hunter S. Thompson, but he provides a readable, often astute record of a presidential campaign that future generations should ponder with astonishment—and disgust."
Patterson (Eden in Winter, 2014, etc.) takes a break from bestselling thrillers to ponder the solipsisms, slanders, slurs, and slogans of the last electoral cycle. Read full book review >
EDEN IN WINTER by Richard North Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"An intriguing psychological examination of a damaged family."
Patterson (Loss of Innocence, 2013, etc.) concludes his Blaine family trilogy with Adam home on Martha's Vineyard coping with the fallout from the death of his estranged father, Benjamin, a world-famous novelist. Read full book review >
LOSS OF INNOCENCE by Richard North Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Patterson writes a family saga of class and money, power and pretense, love and loyalty. Think The Thorn Birds or Rich Man, Poor Man among the Martha's Vineyard moneyed set."
Patterson's (Fall from Grace, 2012, etc.) second effort in a planned trilogy continues his foray into personal drama and away from geopolitical intrigue and suspense. Read full book review >
FALL FROM GRACE by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 20, 2012

"Seascapes full of red herrings, seaside cottages full of secrets—all good fun, and a most satisfying whodunit."
Taut thriller from accomplished attorney-turned-mysterian Patterson (In the Name of Honor, 2010, etc.) set on the familiar turf of Martha's Vineyard. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S LIGHT by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 2011

"Sometimes truth is scarier than fiction."
Al Qaeda gets the Bomb. Read full book review >
HONOR by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2010

"There's nothing very surprising about the alleged surprises. But Patterson runs a taut ship in the courtroom, and his crafty dissection of the problems of traumatized veterans returning home will have older readers fondly recalling Anatomy of a Murder."
Patterson bounces back from his ill-advised account of an ancient campus homicide (The Spire, 2009) to what he does best: using the latest headlines—in this case, stories of the Iraq War's crippling home-front aftershocks—to fuel another high-concept thriller. Read full book review >
THE SPIRE by Richard North Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

The normally reliable Patterson (Eclipse, 2009, etc.) disappoints with this tale of a new college president who insists on putting an old murder at the top of his agenda. Read full book review >
ECLIPSE by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"Despite wafer-thin characters, a satisfying fable that pits a hero who deeply believes in the rule of law against a violent, lawless regime that holds all the cards."
A San Francisco attorney brings a civil suit against an oil company in a frantic, ingenious attempt to save the life of an African dissident. Read full book review >
THE RACE by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 30, 2007

"A satisfyingly self-righteous update of Advise and Consent that reminds you how little American political fiction has changed over the past 50 years."
Patterson (Exile, 2007, etc.), whose Kerry Concannon trilogy already showed one fictional paragon's run for President (No Safe Place, 1998), trots out another perfect candidate just in time for the 2008 election cycle. Read full book review >
EXILE by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"A riveting premise, a sympathetic ear for every party to an intractable problem, the geopolitics of the earth's most volatile region all balanced on the backs of a handful of tormented souls—not by a long shot Patterson's best book, but in many ways his most characteristic."
In his latest ripped-from-the-headlines thriller, Patterson puts the screws to a San Francisco lawyer called to defend his Palestinian ex-lover on murder charges after she's accused of conspiring to kill the Israeli Prime Minister. Read full book review >
CONVICTION by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Middling in-and-out-of-courtroom drama, but a superior example of contemporary muckraking."
Patterson, who's evidently never met a legal issue he couldn't turn into page-turning fiction, takes on the vexed problem of capital punishment. Read full book review >
BALANCE OF POWER by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Longer than it need be and occasionally repetitious, but redeemed, scene after scene, by bare-knuckle, page-turning, political infighting. For ordinary folk, it's good enough stuff. For political junkies, think Harry Potter."
Patterson completes his Kerry Kilcannon trilogy (Protect and Defend, 2000; No Safe Place, 1998) with a harsh, persuasive indictment of the politics that breeds gun violence in America. Read full book review >
PROTECT AND DEFEND by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 14, 2000

"A blissfully large-scale political thriller that's also an unsparing examination of tough questions about abortion, by an author shrewd and generous enough to give spokespeople of every persuasion their day in court."
The hotly contested abortion rights case that snarls his first Supreme Court nomination proves to Kerry Kilcannon that running for president (No Safe Place, 1998) is a walk in the park compared to actually serving in the office. Read full book review >
NO SAFE PLACE by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 31, 1998

"The big revelation here is how easy it is to write great speeches when you're a novelist who doesn't have to pander to anybody because you're not running for election. (First printing of 400,000; Literary Guild main selection)"
SILENT WITNESS by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 17, 1997

A successful San Francisco lawyer returns to Lake City, Ohio, to defend a childhood friend on murder charges—and to confront the townsfolk who are convinced that the lawyer himself is a killer. Read full book review >
THE FINAL JUDGMENT by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 8, 1995

One last wrinkle before Caroline Masters accepts the presidential nomination for an appeals-court judgeship: She's been called back to Resolve, New Hampshire—to the family she hasn't spoken to for 20 years—to help a niece who's been arrested for murder. Read full book review >
EYES OF A CHILD by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 1995

"The adversarial nature of American criminal justice has never been more brilliantly dramatized. (First printing of 250,000; Literary Guild main selection; author tour)"
About the only trauma San Francisco superlawyer Christopher Paget was spared in his previous appearance (Degree of Guilt, 1993) was being put on trial for murder himself—an omission Patterson rectifies here when Chris is charged with killing the estranged husband of his associate and lover, Teresa Peralta. Read full book review >
DEGREE OF GUILT by Richard North Patterson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Patterson's target audience seems to be everybody who's ever read a book—and most of them will consider it money well-spent. (First printing of 250,000)"
Finally, a courtroom drama to rival Presumed Innocent: The scandal-strewn, hugely entertaining story of what happens after a glamorous TV reporter shoots America's most famous writer in his San Francisco hotel room. Read full book review >