Fall From Grace by Richard North Patterson

By Richard North Patterson

From no 1 bestselling writer Richard North Patterson comes a “spellbinding”* mental puzzle choked with unforeseen criminal twists, very likely felony turns, and one family’s surprising fall from grace.

After ten years clear of domestic, Adam Blaine returns to Martha’s winery to wait the funeral of his estranged father, Ben, a recognized and charismatic author who used to be keen on sailboats, strong wine—and girls except his spouse. whilst Adam learns that Ben disinherited his family members in prefer of his mistress, he starts to wonder whether his father’s death—caused through an inexplicable fall from a cliff—might were suicide or homicide. utilizing his education as a CIA operative, Adam finds a few shattering revelations in regards to the mistress’s prior. yet much more traumatic are the family members secrets and techniques that can’t remain buried any longer—secrets that make Adam query every thing he proposal he knew approximately each participant during this fateful video game. Even himself. . . .

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He pointed past the edge of the umbrella at the eaves of the mansion. “If the wind comes too fast from the south, it whistles in the eaves. It can keep you awake nights. ” The explanation should have quieted her nerves, but it did not. That cry seemed too filled with emotion to be made by something inanimate. Suddenly, she remembered things that she should have asked Richard. Why had he been late? Why did Catherine, the waitress, fear him so? What was this curse that Aunt Cora talked about and which he called a “psychiatric problem"?

He was watching her over the rim of his cup as he sipped his coffee. Unexplainably, she remembered that he had opened her suitcases upon placing them in her room. She had still not been able to decide whether or not he had been snooping, whether such a gesture was only meant as a final courtesy. But this very direct gaze of his seemed to pry at her own eyes, to peel back her brain and seek for secrets. She didn't like that at all. �My room is wonderful,” she said. “I'm anxious to explore the grounds and do some riding.

Later that night, Cora came to Jenny's room. She was dressed in a lovely yellow lounging robe which contrasted with her dark beauty and her cultured dignity to make both those qualities even more evident. Jenny secretly hoped that, when she was Cora's age, she would look as feminine and sophisticated as her aunt. If I reach her age, she amended. And immediately, she wondered why she always had to have such negative thoughts. �I'd like to talk to you about Freya,” Cora Brucker said. She sat on the edge of the bed.

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