A Northern lawyer in a Southern town risks his life to bring a killer to justice in this suspenseful legal thriller by a #1 New York Times–bestselling author.
A Yankee through and through, Adam Shaw never felt at ease among the upper crust of the Deep South. An attorney to some of the most powerful people in Alabama, he is close with only two of them. When Adam’s best friend, Henry Cantwell, disappears after his wife is murdered, Adam starts asking questions, delving beneath the town’s tranquil facade. While the police hunt for the killer, Adam risks everything—his professional standing, his marriage, and his very life to save Henry from the electric chair and bring the right man to justice.
A compelling read
Not the best Richard North Patterson book I have read, but very compelling. The book holds your attention until the end and I could not put it down. A good escape from Covid, for sure.
The Outside Man
This murder mystery, with it’s twists and turns is a good read, however, some of it is a little too far-fetched. Specifically the physical fights, then the “you don’t have a concussion” diagnosis, followed by all the symptoms described that were those of a concussion. And the remark about another hit to the head will cause brain-damage, was overdone, just as the fights. The protagonist was threatening the characters with possibly being targeted as the killer, but rather than enhance the book, the violence was gratuitous. But still live RNP as an author. His other books I’ve read are usually superlative and mature, making me think this was a very early write.