Picks and Pans Review: Silent Witness
Page-Turner of the Week
For celebrated defense attorney Tony Lord the past is all too vividly the present. As a teenager in Lake City, Ohio, he was judged a killer by the townsfolk when his girlfriend was murdered and he was discovered beside her body. No matter that he was never charged with the crime. Now, his childhood pal, 44-year-old Sam Robb, who has become the Lake City High School track coach, stands accused of a similar crime: murdering a teenage girl who was both one of his star atheletes and was pregnant with his child.
He and his wife, Sue, call on Tony to defend him. Patterson, whose best-selling novels include Eyes of a Child and The Final Judgment, weaves intense courtroom drama with compulsive, vivid flashbacks as the real stories of both murders come into grisly focus. Who is innocent? Who is guilty? In the hands of the psychological-thriller master, the answers are not easy—or expected—and the final judgment is as startling as the bang of a gavel. (Knopf, $25.95)