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DisappointedI have been a Richard North Patterson fan and this book was okay but not as compelling as his other efforts His other books have had good Character development and I just needful d myself liking most of the characters in this effort. Very good book.Have to be patient at the beginning, but all the twists and turns will make you engrossed to the end Deep south during MLK, some language will make you sick Everybody is smoking, drinking and drugs Dysfunctional families and their secrets Book was published in 1981, but some issues still in the news today. What drew me to this book was that it was set in Alabama where I live and that it was described as a courtroom drama Courtroom drama was a total over statement The characters never set foot in a courtroom and it was muchof a detective story than a legal thriller Not that there is anything wrong with that I also love detective stories As to the Alabama setting, yes it was set in Birmingham, but there was very little Southern flavor For one thing, if you have ever been in Alabama you w What drew me to this book was that it was set in Alabama where I live and that it was described as a courtroom drama Courtroom drama was a total over statement The characters never set foot in a courtroom and it was muchof a detective story than a legal thriller Not that there is anything wrong with that I also love detective stories As to the Alabama setting, yes it was set in Birmingham, but there was very little Southern flavor For one thing, if you have ever been in Alabama you would know that no conversation is complete unless the subject of college football comes up There was no mention of college football in this book I must admit that I was sorely tempted to put this book aside early on I didn t care for the authors writing style, too many overly descriptive phases and the characters are not likeable But I am glad that I stuck with it and it did get better about midway The story involves a young attorney from Cleveland who married a Birmingham girl whose father is a member of a large law firm and they move to Alabama When a female client, and close friend of the family is murdered her husband is the prime suspect The police detective in charge seems to hold a grudge against the husband and with no one else on his side the young lawyer sets out to investigate the case himself It develops into a pretty good detective story and psychological drama There are lots of red herrings I wish I could have gone 2.5 stars, but settled for three I understand that this was the author s first novel and was written in 1982 Hopefully his writing has improved in the pasage of time Intricate, twisty and rewarding This early Richard North Patterson immerses lawyer Adam Shaw in a case, which sends him on a voyage of personal discovery as he seeks to defend a friend on a murder charge It s really a tale to two troubled families, double dealings and dark desires, a compact and well plotted tale. I started reading this I only got so far and I decided I had enough of it Court room legal are not normally my thing in any case This just felt very dialoguey and I quite frequently got lost as to who was saying something Not helped by a memory going straight into a current situation, that completely threw me It felt very much like a high society situation, which is maybe what made me lose interest.I can see some people liking this, just was not for me. This is the third of Richard North Patterson s books that I have read I came to it from Protect and Defend, admirable in the tightness of its plot and its moral strength I could hardly believe that The Outside Man was by the same author Morally flabby, it presented me with not a single character for whom I could feel any respect Perhaps it is a failure in me that I can feel little sympathy for the bankers, lawyers, mill owners and country club wives of a pour southern state It would have be This is the third of Richard North Patterson s books that I have read I came to it from Protect and Defend, admirable in the tightness of its plot and its moral strength I could hardly believe that The Outside Man was by the same author Morally flabby, it presented me with not a single character for whom I could feel any respect Perhaps it is a failure in me that I can feel little sympathy for the bankers, lawyers, mill owners and country club wives of a pour southern state It would have been something if the narrator commanded respect A lawyer, practising commercial law, employed by a father in law whom he despises and hates, he seems to offer only one virtue, namely loyalty to a friend, Henry Cantwell It is never clear what substance there is to the friendship Cantwell is a rich banker who seems uninterested in banking, lives out a sterile marriage with a cardboard cutout of a wealthy wife and reads Aeschylus, which he had also lent to the narrator A single sentence from Aeschylus didn t seem to me sufficient to indicate a rich shared culture in two characters in whom it otherwise seems completely lacking.If Patterson s aim had been to paint a picture of a South with not a single redeeming feature he couldn t have done better His Alabama is not a place I would want to go to, and I had no interest in finding out who, in this tangle of despicable characters, ended up doing what to whom Richard North Patterson has alway been one of my favorite authors His books are thoughtful and well written This was a great exposure of layers of secrets finally coming to a head He discovered cases of unrequited love that smoldered for decades resulting in death and destruction He discovered that old moneyed Alabama wasn t all he thought it would be It was an enjoyable read. I love a good Richard North Patterson book This was an okay book I m still giving it 3 stars because 1 it is his first book clearly he improved his writing skills by the time I discovered him with Degree of Guilt 2 Patterson kept me guessing interested about who the killer was I love a good Richard North Patterson book This was an okay book I m still giving it 3 stars because 1 it is his first book clearly he improved his writing skills by the time I discovered him with Degree of Guilt 2 Patterson kept me guessing interested about who the killer was This book was one of two in the same item by this author Having enjoyed the first one, I was looking forward to reading this Sorry to say that it isn t one that I would recommend It concerns a lawyer, Adam, who finds one of his lady clients dead One of the suspects is her husband, but Adam thinks otherwise and the book is about his attempts to find out whodunnit and why He is not helped in this by a very stroppy policeman who appears to regard him with the same contempt as the husband, and This book was one of two in the same item by this author Having enjoyed the first one, I was looking forward to reading this Sorry to say that it isn t one that I would recommend It concerns a lawyer, Adam, who finds one of his lady clients dead One of the suspects is her husband, but Adam thinks otherwise and the book is about his attempts to find out whodunnit and why He is not helped in this by a very stroppy policeman who appears to regard him with the same contempt as the husband, and also a senior partner in his lawfirm who seems to like Adam even less The senior partner s daughter is Adam s wife There is a mish mash of other possible motives and suspects including a relative of an executed prisoner in a racially tense murder trial way back when, a son with possible eodipan issues, a fraudulent loan and the sexual orientation and habits of one of the parties involved To me, all these things served only to confuse and I found the endthan a bit disappointing I could even say I didn t much care by the end of the tale, as few if any of the characters had any redeeming features Another example, to me anyway, of the hit and miss nature of this author s books `Free ↞ The Outside Man ☞ The outside man is society lawyer Adam Shaw A northerner in a southern town jealous of its secrets, he finds the dead body of his best friend s wealthy wife and his friend is missingIn a world where wealthy people will stop at nothing to maintain a genteel image, Shaw must gamble his career, his marriage, and his very life in a passionate quest for the real murderer and learn the shocking truth about his own past and future