Dark Lady

Richard North Patterson, Author, Patricia Kalember, Read by
Richard North Patterson, Author, Patricia Kalember, Read by Random House Audio Publishing Group $25.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-375-40829-8
Reviewed on: 08/02/1999
Release date: 08/01/1999
Hardcover - 384 pages - 978-0-679-45043-6
Hardcover - 608 pages - 978-0-375-40844-1
Compact Disc - 978-0-375-40830-4
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-375-40831-1
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Mass Market Paperbound - 448 pages - 978-0-345-40478-7
Paperback - 560 pages - 978-0-375-72789-4
Paperback - 448 pages - 978-0-345-46748-5
Open Ebook - 295 pages - 978-0-307-83389-1
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Paperback - 458 pages - 978-0-09-917542-1
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Patterson's signature style of crime suspense depends heavily on the terse descriptive passages he uses to render settings and characters. This makes his work adapt especially well to audio, since the listener is constantly being told exactly what's going on--in adjective-laden language that has modern-day colorings of film noir and Raymond Chandler. (Accordingly, all eight of Patterson's previous novels are also available from Random House AudioBooks). Stella Marz is a politically ambitious Assistant County Prosecutor in Steelton, an American rust-belt city plagued by unemployment, racial division and rampant local corruption. Young, beautiful and forthright, Stella has earned the nickname ""Dark Lady"" as a ruthless law-woman. But she meets her match when she's assigned to investigate the grisly murder of her own ex-lover, an attorney for the town's drug dealers. Along the way, plenty of sordid sexual and violent acts are detailed, making for a sustained mood of grimy titillation. Kalember's (of TV's Sisters and thirtysomething) reading is crisply enunciated and tactfully understated. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover. Also available unabridged and on CD. (Sept.)
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