The Spire

The Spire

Book - 2009
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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.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805087734
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 25 cm.


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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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