The Spire

The Spire

Book - 2009/09/01
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Mark Darrow returns to Caldwell College 16 years after his graduation when his mentor, Lionel Farr, brings him back to become Caldwell's president. The school is still haunted by the tragic murder of Angela Hall, an African American student who was strangled and left outside the school's landmark spire. Fresh off a football victory, Mark was the one who found Angela, and it was his best friend, Steve, who was convicted of the murder. Now Caldwell is once again facing a scandal, but Mark can't forget Angela's murder, or the nagging feeling that his friend might be innocent. As his suspicions center on a former classmate who testified against Steve, Mark finds himself falling for Farr's daughter, Taylor, the first woman he's had serious feelings for since the death of his wife two years ago.

McMillan Palgrave

Both a razor-sharp thriller and a poignant love story, this twisting tale of psychological suspense is Patterson’s most compelling novel in years

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 Darrow consider becoming its new president?

Darrow accepts, but returning to his alma mater opens old wounds. Sixteen years ago, on the night of his greatest triumph as Caldwell’s star quarterback, he discovered the body of a black female student named Angela Hall at the base of the Spire, the bell tower that dominates the leafy campus. His best friend, Steve Tillman, was charged with Angela’s murder and ultimately sent to prison for life. But now, even as Darrow begins the daunting task of leading Caldwell, he discovers that the case against his friend left crucial questions unanswered. Despite his new obligations—and his deepening attachment to Farr’s beautiful though troubled daughter—Darrow begins his own inquiry into the murder. Soon he becomes convinced that Angela’s killer is still at large, but only when another mysterious death occurs does he understand that his own life is at risk.



Blackwell North Amer
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 protege for a life-altering favor. An embezzlement scandal has threatened Caldwell's very existence - would Darrow consider becoming its new president?
Darrow accepts, but returning to his alma mater opens old wounds. Sixteen years ago, on the night of his greatest triumph as Caldwell's star quarterback, he discovered the body of a black female student named Angela Hall at the base of the Spire, the bell tower that dominates the leafy campus. His best friend, Steve Tillman, was charged with Angela's murder and ultimately sent to prison for life. But now, even as Darrow begins the daunting task of leading Caldwell, he discovers that the case against his friend left crucial questions unanswered. Despite his new obligations - and his deepening attachment to Farr's beautiful though troubled daughter - Darrow begins his own inquiry into the murder and soon becomes convinced that Angela's killer is still at large. But only when another mysterious death occurs does he understand that his own life is in great danger.

Baker
& Taylor

When a mentor who enabled his education and career entreats him to accept a college presidency amid an embezzlement scandal, trial lawyer Mark Darrow remembers his discovery of a murdered girl sixteen years earlier that resulted in a classmate's questionable conviction. By the best-selling author of Eclipse. 350,000 first printing.
When a mentor who enabled his education and career entreats him to accept the presidency of his alma mater amid an embezzlement scandal, trial lawyer Mark Darrow remembers his discovery of a murdered girl sixteen years earlier that resulted in a classmate's conviction.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., Expected publication date - 2009/09/01
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805087734
0805087737
Branch Call Number: FICTION PATTERSON
Characteristics: 371 p

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Mar 12, 2015

The Spire was rather dull and plodding for the most part. Patterson's usual suspense building was absent. He seemed to view the story as an afterthought. Much of it was predictable and boring, especially the Taylor-Darrow romance. Please! Even the ending was predictable and not very suspenseful (the bell swinging back and forth was a pitiful attempt). I spotted Farr as the killer early on (maybe a quarter of the way into the book). This was certainly not one of north-patterson's better books. Is patterson losing his edge?

kodibyrd Oct 22, 2009

Another of my favourite authors. I loved this latest book and it was able to keep my attention all the time.
I would recommend to anyone who likes a good mystery

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