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A Killer's Kiss    by William Lashner order for
Killer's Kiss
by William Lashner
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William Morrow, 2007 (2007)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

William Lashner's books just keep getting better and better, as his latest, A Killer's Kiss, proves. The flyleaf reads: 'You want to know what deceit tastes like. It's sweet. Like honey. Charged with electricity. Laced with Amnesia. It's why adultery will never go out of fashion, why sincerity fails, why sex with a stranger is more fun than it ever ought to be. It is the very taste of old love reclaimed, which might be the sweetest deceit of all.' After reading that, could you walk away from Lashner's new work?

Victor Carl is an attorney, second-rate according to his own reckoning. When his ex-fiancée Julia shows up at his door, he's not sure if his life has just taken a turn for the good or has started plummeting downhill. She dumped him for an urologist, for God's sake. When the police knock on that same door, he's sure he's in for a long spell of trouble. He's so right. Julia's husband has been shot to death and, of course, Victor is the chief suspect - especially since she was in his home when the police arrived.

This is where the book really takes off. On a convoluted path of action, suspense, bits of terror and an occasional beating. Carl finds himself fighting for his life when he would rather be fighting for Julia. Deceit rears its ugly head and the second-rate lawyer begins to second guess his old girl friend. Where she leads him is a complete surprise. And the reason for it, a complete mind-buster. Don't miss this exciting, compelling work. It's hard to put down once started. Lashner has a story to tell, and he tells it well.

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