The mysteriously violent death of a prominent New England patriarch exposes a nest of dark family secrets in bestselling author Richard North Patterson's twentieth novel. Adam Blaine arrives on the island of Martha's Vineyard to attend the funeral of his estranged father, Ben Blaine, a famous and charismatic writer who has served as patriarch of his clan for many years. A man fond of sailboats, good wine, and women other than his wife, Ben Blaine has left behind a string of secrets in addition to an emotionally distraught widow and his strangely aloof mistress, a beautiful television actress who once had a drug problem. As soon as Adam arrives, he is thrust into the search for his father's murderer. Using his training as a CIA operative, Blaine skillfully seeks to find the truth surrounding his father's violent death—even if it means exposing one of his own family members as the killer and unearthing hidden skeletons that were never meant to be found.
Filled with tight psychological intrigue that will keep listeners guessing until the very end, Fall from Grace confirms that "Richard North Patterson is one of the best in the business" (Time).