Kennedy and the Kennedy assassination in the 50 years since his death. 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. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and is a recipient of their President's Award for Distinguished Alumni. Mark Darrow grows up to become a superb trial lawyer — thanks to the mentorship of Lionel Farr, a professor at Caldwell, the local college. But then, ten years after he has finished law school and established a very successful career as a trial lawyer, his professor mentor turns up.
The author has put a Webster's definition of that word not very far from the start - one page 4, to be precise. His best friend, Steve Tillman, was charged with Angela's murder and ultimately sent to prison for life. Darrow begins his own inquiry into the murder, and is soon convinced that the killer is still at large. At the same time, he remains haunted by the fact that his former best friend is in jail serving a murder conviction for an event that took place when Mark and his friend were classmates. The author makes you feel like you are there on campus. It is well paced, with a love interest artfully contributing to Darrow's danger. But on the night following Darrow's finest hour at athletics he finds the body of a young female student, a townie named , whose mother owns a local bar and whose brother is the drug connection for most of Caldwell's students.
Professor befriends him and arranges a scholarship. While the idea was pretty cool, even before I began the book I realized who the bad guy was going to be. High school athlete catches the attention of professor at local college. Sixteen years after passing out of the college, Mark is asked by his mentor, Farr, a favour - To be the president of Caldwell. This is my first book of his.
Here, he gets away from the politics of his last few books and takes us to a small college campus a particularly compelling venue for me. To read the whole review, visit the link below. Mark does so well that he is able to get into Yale law school. The current president has been charged with embezzling money from one of the trust funds. It is only after another murder takes place that Mark will know that his life is danger.
This book is one of his best! The story holds interest all through, not only because of the story itself but because of the wonderful way it is written. His first novel, The Lasko Tangent, was the winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best First Novel in 1980. The picture is marred only the by brutal Mark Darrow is a gifted high school athlete from a dysfunctional family is a small Ohio town, but he doesn't appear to have many prospects after high school until he is befriended by Lionel Farr, a professor from the small local college. Now Farr asks his still-youthful protégé for a life-altering favor. The book was a mystery thriller of an old death at a small Ohio college. It certainly wasn't up to his R N Patterson standards.
His best friend, Steve Tillman, was charged with Angela's murder and ultimately sent to prison for life. Perhaps a little repetitive in the narrative, explaining and reexplaining the same issues over and over. Student goes on to be very successful after finding the body of a murdered student on campus during his last year of college. He started writing at the age of 29 when he had completed law school. This is typical Patterson in some ways. As the old joke, one the San Francisco novelist recounts briefly in these pages, would have it, a jury verdict is a decision not based on guilt or innocence but rather decided on which lawyer gave the best performance.
Out of school for 15 years, having graduated both a stellar student and a football hero and currently working in Boston as a highly-regarded attorney, Another excellent novel by one of my favorite authors. Oh, the a I really wanted to like this book. Even as he tackles this daunting task, Darrow becomes more intrigued by the possibility that his old friend Tillman has served nearly 20 years in a nearby prison for a crime he did not commit. Mark Darrow is being called back to the place where he found himself, Caldwell College. The Spire is a terrific read. 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. An embezzlement scandal has threatened Caldwell's very existencewould Darrow consider becoming its new president? So from what I have heard of the author and the cover of the book and, a little, from the description on the back of the book, I picked it up expecting a thriller.
Plot: Mark Darrow - the protagonist - grew up with no much means. However, if you are allergic to a lack of originality, this might be a book to avoid. This is my first Richard North Patterson but I will definitely be reading more of his works. There he becomes a star athlete and gets a great education that will prepare him to become a brilliant--and ultimately rich--attorney. Despite his new obligations - and his deepening attachment to Farr's beautiful though troubled daughter - Darrow begins his own inquiry into the murder. Not to his usual standard An average thriller.
With many of Patterson's earlier books, I literally could not go to sleep until I finished them. Characters are not all that interesting and a bit too stereotyped and common place. The Spire ornaments the school yearbook, stationary, all publications. I like Richard North Patterson books. It starts with the references to Mark standing in the shadow of the Spire - the iconic tower of the college.
Frankly, I didn't even know what the word 'Spire' meant. . His best friend was convicted of the crime, but Darrow can't shake his belief that the real murderer was never caught. Despite his new obligationsand his deepening attachment to Farr's beautiful though troubled daughterDarrow begins his own inquiry into the murder. But Darrow is about to discover that the case against his college friend left crucial questions unanswered.