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No Safe Place (Kerry Kilcannon #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,305 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
No Safe Place centres on seven days in a closly contested Presidential primary, in which political violence, abortion politics and potential scandal all converge. Kerry Kilcannon is a young senator from New Jersey, the younger brother of a murdered presidential aspirant. Now Kerry, too, is seeking the presidency. But Kerry's past and present have begun to converge. Unknown ...more
Paperback, 585 pages
Published June 3rd 1999 by Arrow (first published 1998)
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Aug 23, 2014 Evelyn rated it liked it
I usually steer clear of the political thriller genre because more often than not, they're simply thinly veiled propaganda machines for a certain particular agenda. Oh and US politics generally makes me feel nauseous at the best of times. However, this book was chosen by a book club I'm in, and not wanting to be a party pooper, I reluctantly joined in.

No Safe Place was actually a fun, fast paced suspense thriller that hooked me in from the first chapter. There is some agenda pushing of course (i
Carl Alves
Oct 17, 2014 Carl Alves rated it it was ok
No Safe Place is a political thriller that has no interest in realism or believability. In this convoluted story line, Kerry Kilcannon is a senator whose brother is killed while running for the White House. He decides on his own run, even though he has an affair with a reporter that can bring him down. Also, in his past, he saved a boy from his father who wanted to kill him. Now the same boy wants to kill Kilcannon for his position on abortion. Yes, the plot is as ridiculous as that sounds.

Apr 12, 2012 Jake rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
The main character of this book, Presidential candidate Kerry Kilcannon, is analogous to the high-cheek boned, overly-endowed, wish-fulfillment women one often sees in fantasy novels or risque comics. A JFK by way of Martin Sheen's character in The West Wing, his politics are too incorruptible, honest and unpractical to be believed. It's as if Richard North Patterson threw every idealist trait he could find in him.

I'm not necessarily complaining about this, but when one has such an unvarnished c
Jan 25, 2015 Mj rated it really liked it
Overall - a good political intrigue book that was informative and thought provoking.

I was looking for a thriller and a page turner but it took me a while to get into the book which was disappointing and surprising because I like books involving politics. It was always intriguing but the real page turner, thrilling part didn't really happen for me until the last half of the book. Then I didn't want to book the book down.

However, I rated it a 4 rather than a 3 because I very much enjoyed 1) the c
Jun 05, 2008 Maurean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I think the book was much too drawn out....a 500 page story that, IMO, could have been captured in about 300 (I found the repetition of his beliefs to be annoying - state them, and move on with the storyline!)

Although I found the politics behind the politics interesting enough, the rather liberal bent of the main character (and perhaps the author?) was a bit too much for my particular taste (gun control, affirmative action, social
And, I found it difficult to "get b
Venkatraman Ramachandran
Nov 15, 2015 Venkatraman Ramachandran rated it did not like it
Took a long time to get through this one and complete reading it. Story never seemed to gather momentum at the start and looked like taking an unbelievably long time to be able to understand. Numerous characters and names adding to the confusion and complexity. Second half progressed on a better note, though the pace and passion was still lacking.

Book actually constituted or finally ended up as a mixture of a man's professional and personal life. Passage from a tough childhood, graduating as an
Dec 25, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it
I don’t usually enjoy political campaign stories but No Safe Place by Richard North Patterson was so enriched with back story that I loved it. Knowing that Kerry Kilcannon, Presidential candidate had an abusive father and a brother so handsome that he was jealous makes you understand his actions. Knowing about his loveless marriage and feeling of isolation helps you know why he started an affair with Lara Costello. Kerry Kilcannon despite his poor background reminded me of JFK with all his ideal ...more
José Miguel
Nov 27, 2014 José Miguel rated it really liked it
Estando por casa, con la mitad de las vacaciones gastadas y sin un libro en la mano me encontré con este “El dilema” de Richard North Patterson, no nos engañemos, primero le tome en mis manos por su grosor, sus buenas setecientas u ochocientas paginas y me decidí a leerle gracias al consejo del bueno de Stephen King, que en la contraportada del libro dice que no podas dejar de leerlo. Tiene mucha razón. Se tratan temas políticos y sociales con el telón de fondo de la elección de un presidente p ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Tim rated it it was ok
This novel lacks true excitement. Sure the stories behind Kilcannon are well flushed, however, an important relationship lacks enough fire to draw much of this reader's empathy. 4 of 10 stars
Richard Bowen
Jan 14, 2014 Richard Bowen rated it really liked it
I read this book at the same time as I've been watching The West Wing (series 4). It's a US political system crash-course!

No Safe Place tracks Kerry Kilcannon as he attempts to win the Democratic candidacy for the upcoming US Presidential Election. Whereas in my opinion The West Wing is more about the issues and process than the people and their personalities, No Safe Place is more about the people. It is the stories of the people that become the issues. Specifically, abortion and gun control. A
Dylan T
Jul 26, 2015 Dylan T rated it liked it
I don’t usually enjoy political campaign stories but No Safe Place by Richard North Patterson was so enriched with back story that I loved it. Knowing that Kerry Kilcannon, Presidential candidate had an abusive father and a brother so handsome that he was jealous makes you understand his actions. Knowing about his loveless marriage and feeling of isolation helps you know why he started an affair with Lara Costello. Kerry Kilcannon despite his poor background reminded me of JFK with all his ideal ...more
Jan 31, 2009 Eric_W rated it really liked it
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Kathleen Hagen
No Safe Place, by Richard North Patterson, A-minus.
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The publisher’s note states:

Richard North Patterson gives us an extraordinary novel of presidential politics.
Senator Kerry Kilcannon's insurgent campaign against Vice President Dick Mason has come down to the last seven days. Whoever wins the California presidential
primary is likely to win the Democratic nomination. And for all the votes his passions and magnetism have gained him, Kerry's problems are formidable.
Nov 28, 2009 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this author when our book club read 'Exile' in anticipation of his giving a talk locally. The talk was interesting and I found it helpful that RNP didn't seem to have all of the answers. His writing is a way for the author (as well as his readers) to consider and explore the many sides of the issues facing government within the context of 'a good yarn'. I'm reading the Kerry Kilcannon trilogy out of order, reading 'No Safe Place' second - due basically to lack of availability o ...more
Apr 07, 2012 Joy rated it it was ok
Kerry Kilcannon, a candidate in the presidential primaries whose brother was assassinated right after winning the California primary 12 years before. Then he adds the fact that Kilcannon seems unable to run clear of a two-year-old affair. Sound familiar so far? Add to the mix the fact that Kilcannon is himself being hunted by a right-to-life activist who has already killed three people in a women's clinic, and you have a real thriller.
Patterson has the reputation for being a writer of courtroom
Jan 14, 2011 Rebekkila rated it it was ok
I was under the impression that Richard North Patterson wrote thrillers, this read more like a romance. The story follows Senator Kerry Kilcannon's final week of candidacy for the democrat nomination for president. He is pro-life, pro-gun control, and a champion of women, gays, minorities, and the downtrodden. This man is so perfect that even his opponent's wife appears to respect him more than her own husband. The only thing unsaintly that this man has done was have an affair with a reporter,La ...more
Oct 15, 2012 Colin rated it liked it
This book is connected with 'A Private Screening', which I read before it. In that book, a politician is shot and killed and is this one his brother (Kerry) decides to become a follow the same career path. Prior to this, he himself is shot by a grumpy father in a domestic violence case he has prosecuted. He survives this, and while lesser men might have considered this a bit of a bad omen, he presses on regardless and is soon on the campaign trail. He is going along quite well, until a story com ...more
Apr 29, 2016 Gerry rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable, and engrossing right up to the end. Kerry Kilcannon’s race for the Presidential nomination is threatened by potential disclosure of an old romance, while his very life is threatened by a pro-life fanatic who turns out to have still another tie to Kerry’s past. Interesting setting for a timely argument -- how much of a candidate’s personal life is relevant to his ability to govern, and where does the public’s ‘right to know’ become tawdry voyeurism?
Jul 25, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, fiction
A true page turner. Political fiction centered on a do or die Democratic primary contest in California, circa 2000. The candidate--a Robert Kennedy-esque liberal--is locked in battle with a corrupt Vice President for the party's nomination. The author uses long flashbacks to fill in the blanks about the main character's life, including a hardscrabble upbringing in New Jersey, and a torrid love affair with an NBC reporter. Mixed into all of this are the issues that always flair up in a POTUS race ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Asha rated it did not like it
An average book that does not merit much. However it is well written and though interesting in parts, it is dry and demands a lot attention.

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Aug 11, 2013 Goodcarr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sono gli ultimi sette giorni della campagna elettorale per eleggere il candidato democratico che correrà per la Casa Bianca: il senatore Kerry Kilcannon deve affrontare il suo passato e le motivazioni che lo hanno portato a candidarsi e a fare delle scelte che hanno segnato la sua vita.
Come scrive l’autore nella postfazione, un romanzo è pregnante quando abbina un sottofondo autentico a personaggi realistici, anche se completamente inventati; Richard North Patterson offre al lettore una storia i
Freda Malone
Jul 04, 2013 Freda Malone rated it really liked it
I found this novel to be long winded, politically. A realistic guide to becoming a president and what comes with it. It gave me some insight to the process of election and how vindictive professionals can get when digging into someone's past. Though I have to say, Kilcannon showed true meaning of what the people need and want in terms of power and presidency. It also reminds us that the president must have a heart, much like JFK. There is no safe place in any election. The media in itself is jus ...more
susan sharp
Nov 09, 2014 susan sharp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patterson sets the foundation

Another Patterson thriller that gives us a story within another and gives us background on subsequent works. If you want suspense, this is it.
May 02, 2016 Ed rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, action, political
#1 in the Kerry Kilcannon series.

Senator Kerry Kilcannon, the brother of an assassinated presidential candidate, seeks his party's nomination 12 years later.
Katharine Ott
"No Safe Place" - written by Richard North Patterson and published in 1998 by Alfred A Knopf. Similar to his other books - dark and political.
London Steverson
Aug 19, 2010 London Steverson rated it it was amazing
This is an electrifying novel that follows the American campaign trail of a Kennedy-like candidate for the Presidency of the United States. It treats every real life issue associated with big time presidential politics. It explores sex, scandal, and 1st Amendment reporting issues. The assasination of a brother and the candidates own prior bad acts, follow the main character and threaten to erupt in scandal. In a novel where public image and private conduct collide with explosive impact, the nove ...more
Bill Donhiser
Excellent Political Thriller looking forward to reading more Richard North Patterson
Patterson hooks you from the start and makes you want to read all of his books
Jan 04, 2016 Chris rated it liked it
Well written and a interest read however the twist is very predictable.
Oct 19, 2015 Jak60 rated it liked it
I read No Safe Place, the first of the three novels of the Kilcannon series, after reading the last two; it was like a nice prequel without the intensity, the complexity nor the texture of the other novels of the series (or of others by RNP - li,e Degree of Guilt). It remains a very readable book but not at the top of the RNP production.
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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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