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Silent Witness (Tony Lord #2)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  3,846 ratings  ·  159 reviews
Almost thirty years have passed since Tony Lord left Lake City. Thirty long years dedicated to putting the past the brutal murder of his girlfriend, Alison Taylor, and his own acquittal of the crime behind him. Married, a father, and a successful defense lawyer in San Francisco, Tony Lord has run as far from Lake City as he can.

But the phone call requesting his return and
Hardcover, 494 pages
Published December 29th 1996 by Random House Value Publishing (first published December 12th 1991)
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Jen Warren
The blurb calls this psychological drama and suspense. I couldn't agree more. Though we're given two similar, unsolved crimes - decades apart - this story is as much about the relationship between Tony and Sam as it is finding out who was responsible for these murders.

Though the narrative shifts from present to past, this author manages a clarity and cohesiveness that keep the pages turning. I was unable to guess the ending, and (rare for me), I didn't skim through the details to get there. Inst
Anne Martin
I had read this book fifteen years ago, and found it while looking in the shelves of old books. I read it again and was amazed how much it had aged - or how much I did age...
First, in 67 or 68, there was no racism against catholic anymore. The nation had elected one yeas ago to be their president, and was willing to elect his brother now! Was the church you belong to that important then? maybe, it is difficult to look back and remember properly. What about racism? enough not to accept a black ma
Bev Walkling
Although this book is a book about a murder and the legal case that followed, even more it is the story of the relationship between Tony Lord and Sam Robb - friends from high-school. This is the second book that features Tony Lord and I have yet to read the first one though I plan to very shortly.

Tony has been called back to his childhood town by an old friend when her husband is accused of the murder of a 16 year old student. He has an all too good understanding of what this is like because Ton
Linda Bouley
Loved 'Silent Witness'. The characters, especially Tony Lord, were strong and clear. some of the subject matter was harsh related to the deaths of the two young girls, but I felt it value to the storyline. Seventeen year old Tony Lord left Lake City, OH for Harvard and never looked back. His girlfriend, Alison was brutally murdered as she sneaked out of her house late at night to meet him in the adjacent park. When she became an hour late, Tony went looking for her and found her bloodied body. H ...more
Max Anadon
First time reading this author. Picked this book up 10 years ago in Mexico...

It was entertaining enough to hold my attention and get through it quickly. At 46, Tony Lord is a big time attorney in San Francisco, married to an Academy Award winner (second marriage). But he has his own terrible history from high school when his girlfriend Alison Taylor is murdered and he is the only suspect.

His best friend, Sam Robb, and Sue Cash (now Sam's wife), call Tony with a plea for help. There has been anot
Jay Fromkin
I haven't read a lot of legal thrillers - Scott Turow's first and a couple of John Grishams when trapped on an airplane. But Cousin Frank brought be a bag of paperbacks to help me get through post-surgical recovery. I'd never heard of Richard North Patterson (though my wife told me he was very popular). Having just started Patterson's "The Final Judgement), Patterson seems to have a standard set-up: an accomplished attorney has to return to his/her hometown, having previously vowed never to retu ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Ed rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: legal
#2 in the Tony Lord series.

Tony Lord was a high school senior and star athlete when he discovered the body of his girl friend and wound up the prime suspect in her murder. He was never indicted and 28 years later is a Harvard educated, renowned defense lawyer. He is summoned by Sue Cash, now married to his best friend Sam Robb, who has been accused of murdering a teenage student.
Sandy Neal
Wonderful surprise at the end! I was fooled!

Now I will have to see the movie!

I did not give it 4 stars because I had a hard time getting into this book. I actually put it down and later returned to it because I had read 300 of the 600 pages. It took awhile to grab me. But at the end, I had to finish and could not put it down!
Richard Bowen
"Utterly compelling courtroom drama" is what it says on the back cover and I agree.

Jumping back and forwards between high school and 28 years later present day this book tells the story of two close friends who are both joined in tragedies. The tragedies are murder, the circumstances have similarities, the rural town in Ohio hasn't changed but the two high school friends have followed different paths.

I enjoyed reading the book. Yes, around half of it is set in a courtroom, but the character dev
This was a good book, with unnerving suspense. It has a good pace and keeps you reading until the end. I personally really liked it. I love James Patterson books and I figured that if this author's name was Patterson it would be good too. Doesn't quite live up to James Patterson though.
Attorney Tony Lord left his hometown and the bitter memories of his girlfriend's murder behind. Now, twenty-eight years later, he's pulled back to Lake City to defend his closest high school friend against a charge of homicide. Sam Robb, the married father of two, is a local football legend. But he was also the last to see sixteen-year-old Marcie Calder alive, and as shocking forensic evidence at the trial reveals, he is the father of her unborn child. Probing the darkest recesses of love and fr ...more
Hope R
It was a good read. If your looking for an exciting, fast paced book this is not it. However, it was thought provoking. Almost would have been better if it had been developed into two separate books or if the back story had been edited with a heavy hand
Jeff Dickison
Excellent book about a big time lawyer who goes back to his small hometown to defend a childhood friend from a murder charge. Good plot twists, an ending with a small surprise and good writing make this one a winner.
This had a few plot twists in it for being yet ANOTHER lawyer novel.I shouldn't even read lawyer novels because they are such bullshit!Having had several lawyers in my life,paid and public defenders,I know firsthand how the system works,and it doesn't even come close to the fantasies portrayed in these books!It's all about who your lawyer knows,and whether you are worth asking the judge or the prosecutor for a favor.It all comes down to favors.If you are poor,forget it.Be nd over and crack a smi ...more
Dec 27, 2009 Kristyanna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kristyanna by: Librarian
28 years ago, Tony Lord was suspected but not formally tried for murdering his high school girlfriend. He was forced to handle the accusations of the town virtually alone. Once he graduated, he left the town, went to college, became a lawyer, and started a new life.

That all changed when his former best friend was suspected of murder. He returns to his home town to help him, but he has no idea what he is walking into.

This legal thriller by Patterson is a pretty easy read. Patterson explores the l
Like in most books of this type, the ending became obvious long before I got there, following the pattern of early "solutions" and red herrings, until it was obvious what was going to happen (unless something came out of left field - but that would spoil the fun, wouldn't it?) Still, it was well-written and I liked that it led me along by the hand rather than the nose. Good pacing (which is necessary in a book which which is long for this genre) and a reasonable plotline - although you did begin ...more
I read silent witness years ago and found it engaging. In fact, i couldn't put the book down. Richard North Patterson is a hit or miss for me, but this one i enjoyed.
I would have liked it better if it didn't have so much sex talk. Yet its hard not to have some since it was dealing with rape cases.
Beth Lechman
This book has it all. Suspense, Intrigue, Mystery and deep emotions. The characters come to life and you can almost feel what they feel. I didn't want to stop until the end.
Saleha Bhatti
I loved this book. It was a bit difficult to read because of all of the different possibilities and theories, but nonetheless I liked it.
Pretty good crime mystery. The end might have been somewhat predictable.
Dick Edwards
This book held my interest until the end, when I was very disappointed. I did not think that the negative aspects of the character of the killer (whom I will not name here) were developed sufficiently to explain that person as a murderer. However, I hung in there until the end because it was an intriguing double mystery, the two halves separated by 28 years. The killer’s identity was not surprising enough, nor were there any major plot twists that I always like in a mystery. I give it a generous ...more
A good story with twists in it. I like the way it was laid out.
Frederick Bingham
I listened to this on cassette on the way to Raleigh in July '2002.A story about an attorney named Tony Lord. He grows up in a rust belt town in Ohio. His last year of high school he is accused of murdering his girlfriend. He beats that rap, leaves the town and becomes a successful lawyer in San Francisco. Twenty-odd years later, a friend of his is accused of anther murder, this time of a teenage girl. Tony goes back to defend him and has to confront his own past.This book is definitely not for ...more
I have this book listed amongst my top ten. Loved it!
I liked the story, and although somewhat predictable, it kept my interest. Characters were good, and I wasn't sure where it was going until more than halfway through -- of course, that is me, and I am not all that prescient about mysteries, preferring to just get dragged along with the story rather than ferret out whodunit.

Anyhow, although I hate the library shelves where all the Patterson books are (good grief), I will pick up another one or 2 of his, I think...good diversion after a full day o
Walt Trizna
A compelling mystery.
Nivedha Mohanan
Great plot. The writing keeps it going. Loved the ending. Unexpected. Great characterization. Great dialogues. A good flow. Fabulous. Want to read more from this writer. Words are more shaper than sword.
Patricia Fountain
WOW! What a book. I loved Tony Lord, loved the legal aspect and the court scene. This books has it all and is woven in a way that will keep you up reading.
Good page turning mystery.

Tony Lord, star high school athlete, defense lawyer. Best friends in high school with Sam, Sue, and Alison. Alison is murdered and Tony is the prime suspect. But he is innocent and goes on to Harvard Law.

28 years later he is called back, by Sue, to defend Sam, who is charged with a teenaged girls murder.

In the end we discover who has murdered both girls. Sam.
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Richard North Patterson is the author of fourteen previous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, Patterson served as the SEC’s liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups dealing with gun violence, political reform, and women’s rights. He lives in San Francisco and on Martha’s Vineyard.
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