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Dark Lady

Richard North Patterson

In Dark Lady, Richard North Patterson displays the mastery of setting, psychology, and story that makes him unique among writers of suspense, and one of today's most original and enthralling novelists. In Steelton, a struggling Midwestern city on the cusp of an economic turnaround, two prominent men are found dead within days of each other. One is Tommy Fielding, a senior officer of the company building a new baseball stadium, the city's hope for the future. The other is Jack Novak, the local drug dealers' attorney of choice. Fielding's death with a prostitute, from an overdose of heroin, seems accidental; Novak is apparently the victim of a ritual murder. But in each case the character of the dead man seems contradicted by the particulars of his death. Coincidence or connection? The question falls to Assistant County Prosecutor Stella Marz. Despite a traumatic breach with her alcoholic and embittered father, she has risen from a working-class background to become head of the prosecutor's homicide unit. A driven woman, she is called the Dark Lady by defense lawyers for her relentless, sometimes ruthless, style: in seven years only one case has gotten away from her, and only because the defendant took his own life. She has earned every inch of both her official and her off-the-record titles, and recently she's decided to go after another: to become the first woman elected Prosecutor of Erie County. But that was before the brutal murder of her ex-lover--Jack Novak. Novak's death leads her into a labyrinth where her personal and professional lives become dangerously intertwined. There is the possibility that Novak fixed drug cases for the city's crime lord, Vincent Moro, with the help of law enforcement personnel, and perhaps with someone in Stella's own office . . . the bitter mayoral race which threatens to undermine her own ambitions . . . her attraction to a colleague who may not be what he seems . . . the lingering, complicated effects of her painful affair with Novak . . . the growing certainty that she is

In Dark Lady, Richard North Patterson displays the mastery of setting, psychology, and story that makes him unique among writers of suspense, and one of today's most original and enthralling novelists. In Steelton, a struggling Midwestern city on the cusp of an economic turnaround, two prominent men are found dead within days of each other. One is Tommy Fielding, a senior officer of the company building a new baseball stadium, the city's hope for the future. The other is Jack Novak, the local drug dealers' attorney of choice. Fielding's death with a prostitute, from an overdose of heroin, seems accidental; Novak is apparently the victim of a ritual murder. But in each case the character of the dead man seems contradicted by the particulars of his death. Coincidence or connection? The question falls to Assistant County Prosecutor Stella Marz. Despite a traumatic breach with her alcoholic and embittered father, she has risen from a working-class background to become head of the prosecutor's homicide unit. A driven woman, she is called the Dark Lady by defense lawyers for her relentless, sometimes ruthless, style: in seven years only one case has gotten away from her, and only because the defendant took his own life. She has earned every inch of both her official and her off-the-record titles, and recently she's decided to go after another: to become the first woman elected Prosecutor of Erie County. But that was before the brutal murder of her ex-lover--Jack Novak. Novak's death leads her into a labyrinth where her personal and professional lives become dangerously intertwined. There is the possibility that Novak fixed drug cases for the city's crime lord, Vincent Moro, with the help of law enforcement personnel, and perhaps with someone in Stella's own office . . . the bitter mayoral race which threatens to undermine her own ambitions . . . her attraction to a colleague who may not be what he seems . . . the lingering, complicated effects of her painful affair with Novak . . . the growing certainty that she is
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In Dark Lady, Richard North Patterson displays the mastery of setting, psychology, and story that makes him unique among writers of suspense, and one of today's most original and enthralling novelists. In Steelton, a struggling Midwestern city on the cusp of an economic turnaround, two prominent men are found dead within days of each other. One is Tommy Fielding, a senior officer of the company building a new baseball stadium, the city's hope for the future. The other is Jack Novak, the local drug dealers' attorney of choice. Fielding's death with a prostitute, from an overdose of heroin, seems accidental; Novak is apparently the victim of a ritual murder. But in each case the character of the dead man seems contradicted by the particulars of his death. Coincidence or connection? The question falls to Assistant County Prosecutor Stella Marz. Despite a traumatic breach with her alcoholic and embittered father, she has risen from a working-class background to become head of the prosecutor's homicide unit. A driven woman, she is called the Dark Lady by defense lawyers for her relentless, sometimes ruthless, style: in seven years only one case has gotten away from her, and only because the defendant took his own life. She has earned every inch of both her official and her off-the-record titles, and recently she's decided to go after another: to become the first woman elected Prosecutor of Erie County. But that was before the brutal murder of her ex-lover--Jack Novak. Novak's death leads her into a labyrinth where her personal and professional lives become dangerously intertwined. There is the possibility that Novak fixed drug cases for the city's crime lord, Vincent Moro, with the help of law enforcement personnel, and perhaps with someone in Stella's own office . . . the bitter mayoral race which threatens to undermine her own ambitions . . . her attraction to a colleague who may not be what he seems . . . the lingering, complicated effects of her painful affair with Novak . . . the growing certainty that she is

Language:

English

Narrators:

Patricia Kalember

Length:

6h 9m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:58


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:07


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:42


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:49


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:09


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:04


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:39


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

10:56


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:09


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:39


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:24


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:03


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

10:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:18


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

10:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

11:29


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:20


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:12


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:06


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:27


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:04


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:42


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:11


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:13


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:50


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:03


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:31


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:36


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:24


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

10:38