Liars All: A Brodie Farrell Mystery
Minotaur, 2010 (2010)
Hardcover, Audio, CD
Reviewed by Tim Davis
o Bannister's highly recommended ninth novel opens with a powerful, gut-wrenching scene in which robbery and murder are the centerpieces, and for another 300 pages, the pace and power continue to build in intensity, making
one of Bannister's very best.
ere are a few tidbits in the form of story previews that should further convince you that you ought to include
list for this spring:
ine months after the robbery and murder, Brodie Farrell - owner of
Looking For Something
, something like a
lost and found
private investigation business - is not bothered by business but is instead engaged in a life-or-death struggle on behalf of her sixteen-month-old son whose future is threatened by an inoperable brain tumor.
t the same time, Brodie's business assistant, Daniel Hood, a principled man with complicated emotional ties to his boss, has been sought out by the mother of the convicted robber and murderer. The distraught mother wants Daniel to find the jewelry her son had stolen and fenced, and she wants that stolen jewelry returned to the woman who barely escaped being her son's second murder victim. The mother's motivations are seemingly simple: honesty and redemption on behalf of her unrepentant son.
oon, however, Daniel finds himself in extreme danger, almost as if he is suddenly '
in the middle of a Hitchcock film.
' Someone either wants him off the
lost and found
case or wants him dead. Daniel recognizes that he is now involved in a '
situation in which absolute honesty could get him killed.
' But, as his ethical and emotional involvement in the case intensifies, he wryly observes that necessity '
makes liars of us all.
nd so, with plenty of action to keep it moving and with plenty of provocative themes to further strengthen a remarkable mystery novel,
requires its characters (and its readers) to confront a couple of serious questions: What kinds of lies must never be told, even if honor, friendship, and love are at stake? On the other hand, what kinds of lies are absolutely permissible and necessary, all in the name of honor, friendship, and love?
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