Telling Lies

Telling Lies

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How many lies does it take to get away with murder?A chance encounter at Florence's Uffizi Gallery plunges Women Noweditor Laurel Imperiole and private investigator Helen McCorkendale into an investigation of missing persons and stolen Nazi art. Could the man Laurel bumped into really have been Jeff Sargasso, an art dealer and friend who perished in the World Trade Center on 9/11? Searching for answers, Laurel and Helen thread their way through a sinister-and possibly deadly-skein of more

Product details

  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • Camel Press
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 160381843X
  • 9781603818438

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"Cathi Stoler takes readers on a suspenseful transatlantic journey of deceit, betrayal and heroism. There is a new crime writer on the block, with a fully realized cast of characters and all the mayhem they can bring." --David Simon, Creator of Treme & The Wire "Cathi Stoler establishes herself as an author to watch." --Camille Noe Pagan, author of The Art of Forgetting "Telling Lies is a gripping, suspenseful read packed with memorable characters and deft twists and turns." --says Judith Kelman, Winner of the 2002 Mary Higgins Clark Award for Best Suspense novel "A priceless painting stolen during WWII, a man missing on 9/11, and a love affair gone awry--add up to a thriller not to be missed!" --Robin Hathaway, Author of Sleight of Hand "Don't be surprised if you find yourself booking a trip to Italy when you reach the last page of this satisfying thriller." --Peggy Ehrhart, author of the Maxx Maxwell mysteries "show more

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82 ratings
3.52 out of 5 stars
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4 28% (23)
3 29% (24)
2 12% (10)
1 6% (5)

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I have to admit that the introduction portion of this book truly captured my interest. Any time a book uses 9/11 as a springboard for a story, I think I become intrigued. Could someone truly have survived 9/11 and faked his own death? I just had to keep reading to find out! I enjoyed the way that the author wrote the chapters because when I got to the end of one chapter, she often left me hanging. I wanted to read on. And sometimes she would write something about a certain character's predicament, and it would be several chapters later before that character's issue was resolved. It was a fast-paced book, and it kept my interest all the way to the end. I just had to know how it ended! My disappointment with the book was two-fold. I found Laurel a little too "dumb" to be in the position she was. Although she was investigating the situation, and it was clear that she was right, she made some costly mistakes that I don't think most women would have made. I actually wished that her part of the story had ended a little differently than it did. I became quite annoyed with her, and I didn't always find her believable. My other disappointment was the abundance of profanity. This is a constant problem with contemporary fiction, and generally I don't complain unless the words are used too much. In the beginning, I was hoping that the author would only use these words once in a while, but it seemed like the amount of these words increased. It is a pet peeve of mine, so for me, it detracted from the story. In spite of these disappointments, I would certainly be willing to read something else by this author because she is definitely an author that writes a well-crafted story. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100 percent mineshow more
by Ruth Hill
I love the idea behind this book and I really want to tell you that I loved it but I can't. A woman on vacation bumps into her friend's dead husband. A man with a meeting in one of the twin towers on 9-11 who's body was never discovered. A missing 15 billion dollars. A painting rumored to have been stolen during WWII. I came to 50 pages and still plugged on. By the time I hit 100 pages, I knew I could finish the book. The book should have grabbed me from the beginning. I don't know why it didn't. Everything was there but I just wasn't feeling it. Good writing, good characters, great story line. Maybe the characters where too pat. The boyfriend she's on vacation with? He works in NYPD's Identity Theft. His best friend? FBI's Art Crimes Team. The women that introduced the boyfriend/girlfriend? P.I. Maybe it was just reading to a deadline but it took me three weeks to read the book which is an indication that while I may have liked it, I didn't love it. Will I re-read the book? No. Will I try Ms. Stoler's next one? more
by Gina Francis
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