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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:

Anne Twomey

Length:

14h 22m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:45

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:50


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

02:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:22


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:05


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:55


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:12


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:11


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:40


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:27


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:09


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:28


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:48


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:22


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:20


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

01:56


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:25


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:28


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:03


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:11


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:52


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:51


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:26


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:05


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:33


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:59


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:23


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:30


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:06


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:03


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:34


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:31


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:23


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:19


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

02:48


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:01


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:44


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:05


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:18


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:01


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:15


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:54


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:39


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:50


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:33


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:31


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:29


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:08


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:11


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:17


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:42


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:13


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:34


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:19


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:44


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:51


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:29


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:17


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:25


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:30


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:55


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:09


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:44


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:14


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:21


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:40


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:40


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

03:30


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

02:57


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:01


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:04


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:22


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:06


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:39


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:21


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

01:30


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:15


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:30


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:35


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

02:47


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

02:26


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:58


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:37


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:08


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:54


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:07


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:56


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:07


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:38


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:46


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:08


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:14


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

01:08


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:14


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:53


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

03:48


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:22


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:17


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

02:56


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:08


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:39


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:37


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:16


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:00


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:50


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:33


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:09


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

03:35


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:02


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:41


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:03


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:41


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:59


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:36


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:03


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

01:39


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:47


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:11


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

04:47


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:56


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

03:22


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:18


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:12


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:29


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:04


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:03


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:58


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:07


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:07


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

03:51


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:18


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:54


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:19


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:37


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:13


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:38


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

04:26


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

04:40


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

04:23


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

03:41


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

05:08


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

02:57


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

03:35


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

03:22


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

04:07


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

05:03


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:43


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

04:15


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

04:37


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

01:38


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

04:16


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

04:27


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

04:21


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

04:28


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

04:23


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

04:35


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

03:51


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

04:12


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

03:14


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

02:55


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

04:34


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

02:37


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

03:03


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

04:50


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

02:59


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

03:30


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

04:10


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

04:59


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

04:58

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