Richard North Patterson graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and Case Western Reserve School of Law before studying creative writing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has worked as a practicing lawyer in San Francisco while writing a string of best-selling legal thrillers. To write his novels, he goes beyond his own experiences in the courtroom to conduct extensive research whenever necessary. Before writing "No Safe Place", Patterson followed the 1996 campaign trail, attended a national political convention, and interviewed a wide variety of political professionals, including a former president, senators, consultants, Secret Service agents, and members of the press.
From the Publisher
Richard North Patterson crafts a suspenseful military-legal thriller with the interpersonal knottiness of a soap opera plot with IN THE NAME OF HONOR. Two generations of families, the McCarrans and the Gallaghers, have had deep connections. The fathers met as students at West Point, and the children, Brian McCarran and Kate Gallagher, have been lifelong friends. Brian returns from a difficult tour in Iraq, in which he served under Kate's husband Joe D'Abruzzo. Both Brian and Joe seem different upon their return: Brian is clearly scarred by experiences that he keeps to himself and Joe seems lost in his own thoughts, distant and withdrawn. And then Brian kills Joe in what he claims is self-defense. But the truth is much more slippery because everyone is harboring secrets and the effects of wartime trauma run deep on the soldier's souls.