Told in chronological reverse, from its enigmatic end to its brilliant beginning, this original thriller is centered on a woman on trial for murder and caught between compelling forces, each represented by someone who may not care if the pressure kills her in the end.Told in chronological reverse, from its enigmatic end to its brilliant beginning, this original thriller is centered on a woman on trial for murder and caught between compelling forces, each represented by someone who may not care if the pressure kills her in the end.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2005-02-28 Edgar-winner Ellis takes some big chances in his fourth book (after 2004's Jury of One), and he pulls them off in grand style. The Chicago trial lawyer branches out from his previous legal thrillers into a minefield of world terrorism and misplaced family loyalties, writing not only in the present tense but working backward from the death of his lead character, author Allison Pagone, who ostensibly kills herself after getting tangled up in a terrorist plot through her lover, a lawyer whom she's suspected of murdering. Despite the inherent difficulties of his time device (each chapter runs forward in normal time), Ellis manages to create a large amount of suspense and curiosity about Pagone, mostly by having us see her involvement in plots and crimes through the eyes of a dedicated, level-headed FBI agent named Jane McCoy. There's enough high-level corruption to keep several investigative agencies busy, and some wonderfully mordant scenes of the underbellies of law and government in action. This is another impressive performance from a writer who expands his ambition and artistry from book to book. Agent, Jeff Gerecke at JCA Literary Agency. 50,000 first printing; BOMC and Mystery Guild alternate selections. (Apr. 7) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-06-06 Chicago lawyer Ellis's fourth thriller (after last year's Jury of One) begins with the reported death of bestselling author Allison Pagone-the main suspect in the fatal bludgeoning of her lover, a D.C. lobbyist-and continues backward to the night of the murder. Reverse chronology is a tricky literary device that may prove too demanding for the multi-tasking listener, especially when it comes to keeping track of an elaborate plot involving not only homicide but terrorism, corruption and wheeling and dealing by several law enforcement agencies (and, as the title suggests, lots of lying). But those willing to give this well-produced audio their full attention will be rewarded by an ingeniously plotted and satisfying whodunit, stylishly rendered by Hill and his wife, Breck. Both narrators play well off of each other to give voice to this twisting tale, but the latter is particularly effective in her portrayals of the hapless Pagone, trapped in a seemingly untenable situation, and FBI agent Jane McCoy, who is suffering the frustration and guilt of having done the trapping. Simultaneous release with the Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 28). (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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