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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2008


    Having read Siegel's other 3 books, I was very disappointed with this one. It takes the investigativeness from Epitath and uses the story telling style of Derailled. But where both of those books were excellent, this one falls short of the mark. Tom Valle is a reporter who was fired for fabricating stories. He ends up in a small town called Littletown (I guess the name is appropos) where the local newspaper editor gives him a chance in spite of Tom's reputation. Tom covers a car crash involving two cars, with one survivor. When Tom interviews the survivor he notices some inconsistancies. His interest is piked when the coroner says that the man actually killed may have different physical characteristics then he is supposed to be. As Tom starts to investigate more he is fed a lot of information in ways resembling the lies he told when he was the lying reporter in his previous life. Tom starts to suspect there is a big conspiracy involving a flooded out town from 50 years prior. He cannot share his feelings with anyone because if he says what he suspects, he would have to say how he got his info and since it was in the manner of his previous lies, nobody would believe him. The story as it goes along seems totally implausible and the people who want the plot kept secret could easily dispose of Tom any time they want (just like the previous Littletown reporter that was investigating the plot). At times it is difficult to understand what is going on. The best part of the book is some of the prose that Siegel uses. He has a way for describing things that is very unique. Based on that I gave the book 3 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2007

    Thought-provoking, but falls short in some areas

    Deciet is a thriller-type novel that is very focused on the main character, Tom Valle. In the book Valle is a disgraced journalist who can only find work in a remote California town. He pieces together a plot that covered-up the cause of a local disaster that would shake the foundations of the governmnet. However, no one believe him anymore. The author has a cynical tone in the book and lots of low-key humor. It's not bad, but requires the reader to swallow some coincidences and warm-up to the shady protagonist.

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