Act of Deceit (Harlan Donnally Series #1)

Act of Deceit (Harlan Donnally Series #1)

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by Steven Gore

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“A talented writer who knows how to hook his readers from the opening line.” —Richard North Patterson

Author Steven Gore burst onto the international thriller scene with Final Target (“James Bond for grownups” —Cornelia Read) and solidified his reputation as one of the genre’s most exciting new voices with Absolute


“A talented writer who knows how to hook his readers from the opening line.” —Richard North Patterson

Author Steven Gore burst onto the international thriller scene with Final Target (“James Bond for grownups” —Cornelia Read) and solidified his reputation as one of the genre’s most exciting new voices with Absolute Risk (“A truly thrilling thriller” —San Jose Mercury News). With Act of Deceit, Gore boldly enters the crime fiction domain of Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Stuart Woods, and Robert Crais, and immediately proves he can stand tall with the best of them. A heart-racing masterwork of mystery, thrills, and suspense that introduces a phenomenal new series protagonist, Harlan Donnally, Act of Deceit plunges the ex-San Francisco PD detective-turned-café owner into a deadly morass of murder, sex trafficking, and church corruption as he seeks the dark truth about the death of a sister of a dying friend.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Harlan Donnally Series , #1
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4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Steven Gore is a former private investigator turned “masterful” writer (Publishers Weekly), who  combines “a command of storytelling” with “insider knowledge” (Library Journal). With a unique voice honed on the street and in the Harlan Donnally and Graham Gage novels, Gore’s stories are grounded in his decades spent investigating murder; fraud; organized crime; corruption; and drug, sex, and arms trafficking throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has been featured on 60 Minutes and honored for investigative excellence. Gore lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Act of Deceit 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Harlan Donnally wants to accommodate his friend's dying wish to turn his estate over to his only living heir, the sister he had to part with when she was five. Burying his friend and finding the man's sister are more complicated than he could have ever imagined as what starts out simple, turns into a hornets nest of trouble. The search and contact, becomes a mystery involving a decades old crime, a commune with questionable dealings, and a broken judicial system all collided into a mishandled murder. Harlan found his friend's sister Anna had murdered and no one ever really stopped to question if the man prosecuted really committed the crime as he was deem incompetent to stand trial. The state put him in a mental facility, closed the case and no one ever monitored what happened to him after that. The problem is the man is loose and Harlan needs to find him to confirm the facts but once he does the facts get grayer and the list of suspects larger and more powerful. Harlan keeps digging and what he finds goes beyond criminal misconduct and into the dealings of the Catholic Church, psychiatrists that use their profession to disguise their secrets, drug cartels, and a Charitable Foundation using its funds to hide its secrets while pretending to set the innocent free. Harlan is still working through the issues with his father, trying to commit to his girlfriend, run his business, and deal with the fact that he is a retired cop on disability. He may carry a gun but he that does not give him the right to shoot first and ask questions later. Harlan still believe the truth means you search until you find it so nothing will stop him from figuring out who is doing what to whom. Readers will find this book is fascinating, scary, complicated and detailed but most of all riveting. You need to pay attention to who the characters are and the role each plays in story because everyone is important and key to resolving the mystery. I found myself unable to put the book down because I had to know how high the conspiracy went and who was involved and as always shocked when the facts were revealed. Great book and a must read for all readers regardless of your genre preference.
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Jenny1962 More than 1 year ago
I received an advance copy as a good customer gift from a bookstore in San Francisco. I took it down to the Ferry Building Saturday morning, bought a cup of coffee, and started reading. This is the first time I was actually sitting right where a scene in a book took place right when I was reading it. The first few pages are kind of lyrical, then I hit a line that started me turning pages until I'd read straight through to the end. Great plot, great twists, and a great character in ex-SFPD cop Harlan Donnally. He's a sometimes troubled man who's worried about doing the right thing in a world of wrongs. And wrongs there are: murder, church corruption, sex trafficking, a broken criminal justice system, and a terrible act committed by Donnally's own father that made Donnally who he is and determined what he wants out of life. Gore's background as an investigator lent authenticity to the book beyond the note at the end that explains the real life origins of the story. This is a much different kind of book than those in the Graham Gage international PI series, but I loved every word of it and look forward to the next one.