Heart of Lies

Heart of Lies

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"A sweeping saga reminiscent of Jeffrey Archer and Susan Howatch, Heart of Lies is brilliantly researched and beautifully written. I could not put this book down."
--Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on Legare Street

A smart, exciting historical suspense novel set in Europe, Shanghai, and New York before World War II, Heart of Lies is a breathtaking introduction to M. L. Malcolm. This extraordinary new writer immediately takes an honored place among Frederick Forsyth (The Day of the Jackal), Ken Follett (Eye of the Needle), Susan Howatch (Glittering Images), and other masters of compelling historical fiction. Inspired by true events in the author's family's past, Heart of Lies is an extraordinary reading experience that Library Journal praises as, "A superbly crafted story, creatively capturing a slice of history with eloquence and realism."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 25.4mm | 272.15g
  • HarperTorch
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 006196218X
  • 9780061962189
  • 1,517,162

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"Ambitious, captivating....The expansive plot and rapid-fire pacing are underscored by brilliant depictions of post-World War I Europe and Asia."--Atlanta Magazine on Heart of Lies
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Back cover copy

Leo Hoffman was born with a gift for languages. When his dreams for the future are destroyed by World War I, the dashing young Hungarian attempts to use his rare talent to rebuild his life, only to find himself inadvertently embroiled in an international counterfeiting scheme. Suddenly Leo is wanted across the European continent for a host of crimes, including murder. Left with no options, he must escape to Shanghai with his lover, carrying with him a stolen treasure that could be his salvation . . . or his death warrant. But the gangsters who control the decadent Asian city have no intention of letting him outrun his past. And when the Japanese invade, one wrong move could cost Leo Hoffman everything he holds dear.

An epic tale of intrigue, passion, and adventure, Heart of Lies heralds the arrival of a remarkable writer.
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Rating details

152 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 19% (29)
4 34% (51)
3 37% (56)
2 9% (13)
1 2% (3)
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