The Outside Man


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The outside man is society lawyer Adam Shaw. A northerner in a southern town jealous of its secrets, he finds the dead body of his best friend’s wealthy wife — and his friend is missing.

In a world where wealthy people will stop at nothing to maintain a genteel image, Shaw must gamble his career, his marriage, and his very life in a passionate quest for the real murderer — and learn the shocking truth about his own past and future….

“A classic detective story.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Rich, complex, beautifully written.” —The New Republic
“Richard North Patterson seems destined for celebrity status, alongside Scott Turow and John Grisham, as an acknowledged master.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review