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Richard North Patterson aims for something else

You might expect to find Richard North Patterson, the best-selling author of so many meticulously researched thrillers, huddled in discreet conversation with an FBI agent in Washington, D.C., or interviewing an Israeli soldier on the narrow streets of Jerusalem.

But on Martha’s Vineyard, where Patterson has been a summer resident for two decades, the 66-year-old author begins his days more like Dustin Hoffman’s character in “The Graduate,” floating in the pool behind his shingle-style home in the woods of West Tisbury, his head empty of the hot-button political issues and ideas that drive the plots of his novels.

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