Mark Darrow grew up in small-town Ohio with no real advantages. But thanks to Lionel Farr, a professor at a nearby college, Darrow became an excellent scholar/athlete and, later, a superb trial lawyer. Now Farr offers his protégé a job as his alma mater’s new president, which Darrow accepts. But being back on campus opens old wounds. Sixteen years ago, on the night of his...more
The Spire is filled with ...more
It’s not exactly a happy reunion. Darrow has had his share of personal t ...more
This novels follows a high school student, growing up in a small college town, who experiences a father-son relationship with a professor at that college. The boy goes on to become a successful Boston attorney, and eventually the president of that small town college. Through all of this the Spire (a tower on ...more
In the process of unravelling the mystery, Darrow revisits his past, his frien ...more
This book is very well written. While not something that is total ...more
Darrow's pregnant wife died in an accident two years before, and this is an opportunity to deal with his grief while helping his college. Because of his great respect for this man and his desire to help the school he accepts the position. As with other Patterson novels, all is not as it appears to be.
When Darrow left Wayne after his graduatio ...more
"Mark Darrow grew up in a small Ohio town with no real advantages beyond his intelligence and athletic ability. But thanks to the intervention of Lionel Farr—a professor at Caldwell, the local college—Darrow became an excellent student and, later, a superb trial lawyer. Now Farr asks his still-youthful protégé for a life-altering favor. An embezzlement scandal has threatened Caldwell’s very existence—would Da ...more
Mark Darrow is just finishing highschool. He has a blazing football record but not such good grades. One night after a game, a professor from the local college, Caldwell, comes up to him. The professor says he sees promise in Mark and if he would work hard at getting his grades up, he can get him a scholarship. Mark agrees if he will also help his best friend, Steve ...more
Our hero demonstrates his love and skill for sports in high school which leads to a full scholarship at a "good" college.
Because a friend and teammate's family showed love by taking him in after his mother was institutionalized and his father disappeared, he was able to try to repay them by negotiating a scholarship for his friend and fellow athlete.
Because of ...more
Lawyer Mark Darrow is asked by his mentor to return to Caldwell College to be the new President as the current one is suspected of embezzling from their funds. With mixed feelings he returns to Wayne where the past has not moved on. Darrow a high school football star was scouted by Farr (Professor at Caldwell) to play ball with a full scholarship. He agrees if his good friend Steve Tillman is also scouted. One night after a college party a black college student is found by Mark and the l ...more
However, this story is a departure from most of his previous works, at least from my perspective. Most of Patterson's more recent works typically create a story around a specific subject in which he is interested. For example: "Exile" was about terrorism, Palestinians, the West bank, and I ...more
I came to pick up this book by its cover. I have always been a person like that. Judging a book by its cover. The mere cover of the book gave a gothic feeling. Frankly, I didn't even know what the word 'Spire' meant. I guess, most you won't even. The author has put a Webster's definition of that word not very far from the start - one page 4, to be precise. That was pretty intelligent. And helpful. It saved my searching for the word in the dic ...more
Set in Ohio it is the story of a brilliant young Lawyer who goes back to his old college to help them through a tricky situation involving embezzlement but finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation that goes back to his own college days. His old friend was convicted of the murder of a young college student but Mark Darrow is convinced that he is an innocent man. While being given the task of saving his old ...more
Mark Darrow is given a scholarship to play football in college via Lionel Farr, a professor at the college who for some reason, takes it upon himself to act as the boy's mentor. Mark agrees if Lionel can possibly arrange to extend a scholarship to his best friend, Steve, whose family he has been living with the past few years.
Mark gets the education he has only dreamed of and has planned to go on t ...more