In the Company of Liars

In the Company of Liars

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Penguin Putnam
In the Company of Liars is a truly original thriller, strikingly fresh and unpredictable. Told in chronological reverse, from its enigmatic end to its brilliant beginning, the novel is centered on a woman who is on trial for murder-Allison Pagone, a mother caught between competing forces, each represented by someone who may not care if the pressure kills her in the end. A prosecutor wants Allison convicted and put on death row. An FBI agent believes she can squeeze her into ratting on her family. A daughter and an ex-husband need to save their own skins. And circling them all: a group who would prefer to eliminate her quietly and anonymously, but who also are not what they seem.

Our first picture of Allison is in the moments following her death. The story then moves backward in time like the cult film Memento: an hour earlier, then the day before, back and back to the beginning, until we can see what's really happened-and, most shocking, what hasn't. At every turn, Allison Pagone knows that what she sees may not be what's real. The only sure thing is her place in a vortex of half-truths, threats, and suspicion. When her nightmare is over, will she awake in the company of friends -or in the company of liars?

Baker & Taylor
A thriller told in reverse centers on a woman who is undergoing a murder trial overseen by a prosecutor who is strongly pursuing a death penalty and an FBI agent who would force the defendant to betray her family.

Blackwell North Amer
In the Company of Liars is centered around a woman on trial for murder - Allison Pagone, who is caught between competing forces, each represented by someone who may not care if the pressure kills her in the end. A prosecutor wants Allison convicted and put on death row. An FBI agent believes she can squeeze her into ratting on her family. A daughter and an ex-husband need to save their own skins. And circling them all, a group who would prefer to kill her quietly and anonymously, but whose members also are not what they seem.
Our first picture of Allison is in the moments after her death. Then the story moves backward in time, like the acclaimed film Memento: an hour before, then a day back and back until we are at the beginning and can see what's really happened - and most shocking, what has not. At every turn, Allison knows that what she sees may not be what's real. The only sure thing is her place in a vortex of half-truths, threats and suspicions. When her nightmare is over, where will she be? In the company of friends - or the company of liars?

Baker
& Taylor

A thriller told in reverse centers on a woman who is undergoing a murder trial that is being overseen by a prosecutor who is strongly pursuing a death penalty and an FBI agent who would force the defendant to betray her family. By the Edgar Award-winning author of Line of Vision. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2005
ISBN: 9780399152474
0399152474
Branch Call Number: FICTION ELLIS
Characteristics: 378 p. ; 24 cm

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Dec 06, 2010

Story told in reverse time. Not a total success.

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