Fall From Grace (The Blaine Trilogy #1)
Adam Blaine arrives on the island of Marthaâ€™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...more
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This is the story of an estranged son, drawn back to his broken family due to the circumstances surrounding the death of his wealthy father. Was it a result of natural causes? Or was it an accident? Suicide? Murder? Have you read this one ...more
This was my first exposure to R.N. Patterson and I have a hard time believing that had this been his first novel it wouldn't also be his LAST. I'm not done with this author but i am absolutely done with this book.
The setup was a very traditional whodunit mystery; Agatha Christie would be so proud! Death, could it be suicide? Money, old and new. Cel ...more
His son, Adam Blaine, comes back after throwing away his family ten years earlier, for the funeral of the man that pushed him away. Ben's will comes to light, and reveals a game set in motion by the author himself. Adam has to discover what really happened to his father, before his family loses everything they have.
Soon after the funeral, Adam learns that his famous novelist father changed his will and excluded his wife and Adam's brother, Teddy, who is gay. Instead, the estate goes to an actress thirty years younger that he (Benjamin). Another chunk of money goes to Jenny Leigh, a struggling writer and former friend of Adam.
Adam had been away in Afghanistan working for the CIA. He's now in th ...more
The entire book reeks of the author needing to quickly publish another best-seller.
It is more than frustrating to read, it is annoying. Anyone with half a brain can deduce early in the pages not only the murderer but also the reasons ...more
So why did it fail for me??? It started out 'great guns' and I thought this is g ...more
Mostly, I found the characters in this book flat. The MC is apparently some super-cold spy, but then he spends most of the book whining about his mommy and daddy issues. Women were only valuable for their sex appeal or reproductive ability, gay characters (one and maybe another) are treated as weak or driven to cruelty by their sexuality, and overall, the MC trea ...more
I am a huge fan of Richard North Patterson – for me, at least so far, his definitive works are Degree of Guilt and the linked ...more
The plot is typical of his earlier novels. Take a bunch of people who are messed up. Create a current crises, and have the answer to that crisis be a tragic event in the past. In this novel, Ben Blaine has died. The r ...more
Over the past decade or so, Patterson has reinvented himself by churning out novel after novel each with its’ own unique story and entirely indefinable as far as genre specifications. His latest novel, FALL FROM GRACE, continues this pattern. With this ...more