Author(s): Richard North Patterson
This is the new novel from the thinking man's thriller writer. In a novel of international intrigue, an American lawyer, Damon Pierce, attempts to save Bobby Okari, the West African leader of a protest movement, from execution by the country's corrupt and autocratic leader. Pierce is in a race against time, and as the complex trial - involving terrorism and the geopolitics of oil, missing witnesses and evidence, and the whims of a lawless country - unfolds, bodies fall and fates dangle.Complicating matters further is Okari's wife, Marissa Brand, with whom Pierce had a relationship years before that he's never quite forgotten; she, in fact, persuaded him to take the case in the first place, and it is who she plays a crucial role in the eventual outcome of this taut and atmospheric novel.
Richard North Patterson is the author of fourteen previous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, including Conviction, Balance of Power and The Race. Formerly a trial lawyer, Patterson was the SEC's liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. He lives in San Francisco and on Martha's Vineyard with his partner, Dr Nancy Clair.