The core of Richard North Patterson's legal thrillers is characterization, and Degree of Guilt, the novel that relaunched his career in 1993, features two captivating individuals: Christopher Paget and Mary Carelli. Paget, the upstart hero of Patterson's 1979 Edgar-winning Mass Market Paperback edition.
A Page Turning Legal Thriller, August 13, 2003 Reviewer: Kristi Ahlers from APO, AE. Brussels, Belgium This was a page turning legal thriller from the very beginning. Mr. Patterson manages to weave legal procedures into a gripping story that does not leave the reader neither confused nor bored. This was a first time read for me by this author and I was thrilled to find it very entertaining. This book had it all, suspense, romance (only a little and very back burner), murder...trust me pick this book up you won't be able to put it down. This will be an author that I will read again. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition