Mary Ann Tierney is 15 years old. Within days her name will be known to millions of Americans, her court case is a television must-watch for everyone from the President downwards. Bestselling author Richard North Patterson has written his most gripping and powerful novel yet. Paperback: 0091800412.
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Richard North Patterson's excellent Protect and Defend is both courtroom drama and political nail-biter; if politics is the art of the possible, just how far is it legitimate to go in a cause which you think of as good? A 15-year-old, pregnant with a seriously disabled child delivering which alive will prevent her having further children; parents so adamantly opposed to abortion that they will refuse consent to what she wants--this is the minefield into which idealistic lawyer Sarah walks knowing that she has found the hard case to discredit a bad law. Her former mentor Caroline is up for promotion to Chief Justice--and Sarah's test case becomes the litmus paper by which an entire political culture brings itself to judgement... Patterson forces us to consider the entire question of the private, the personal and the political--no one from Democrat President to Republican candidate has entirely clean hands, but just how intrusive is the process of scrutiny allowed to be? Patterson writes as an insider--his acknowledgements list includes two US Presidents--but his sense of the law and of the political process is balanced by compassion for those conscripted into the public eye by circumstances not ambition. -- Roz KaveneyReview:
"In Protect and Defend, Richard North Patterson has caught lightning in a bottle. It's a brilliant political novel and a terrific tale of suspense. You can't put the damn thing down, and you don't want to" ( Stephen King)
" Protect and Defend is an important novel on passion and politics. Richly rewarding in both story and character, this is a tale that appeals to both the intellect and the heart" ( Amy Tan)
"A superlative legal drama" ( Sunday Telegraph)
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Book Description Hutchinson. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 0091801524 lean to spine. Bookseller Inventory # N0047741