Circle of Lies

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Circle of Lies is a hot new thriller by Douglas Alan featuring John Delaney, an ex–NYPD detective turned lawyer, and his lovely wife, Katherine Adams, a tough but sexy Atlanta lawyer who gives as good as she gets.

Delaney is asked to defend Ted Jordan, a childhood friend who has been arrested for the torture and murder of his law partner. Jordan adamantly maintains his innocence but the police have traced his fingerprints to the dead man’s house and a half-million dollars to his...

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Overview

Circle of Lies is a hot new thriller by Douglas Alan featuring John Delaney, an ex–NYPD detective turned lawyer, and his lovely wife, Katherine Adams, a tough but sexy Atlanta lawyer who gives as good as she gets.

Delaney is asked to defend Ted Jordan, a childhood friend who has been arrested for the torture and murder of his law partner. Jordan adamantly maintains his innocence but the police have traced his fingerprints to the dead man’s house and a half-million dollars to his bank account. On his way to interview Jordan at the jail, Delaney is approached by a mysterious woman who identifies herself as Ted’s friend. She offers to post his bond and warns Delaney to be careful if anyone from the Tissinger Corporation contacts him in connection with the case.

Ted insists he has been set up by Tissinger because he accidentally stumbled onto data showing they deliberately concealed information about suicides in a test group for their latest depression medication.

As Delaney and Adams start to dig, they are confronted by an NSA agent who tries to warn them off. When a second dead body is found in Jordan’s condominium and Jordan disappears, they are left with more questions than answers. But Delaney isn’t someone who takes no for an answer, and he and Katherine will stop at nothing to find the truth.

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 Praise for Circle of Lies

“One of the best thrillers I’ve read this year, it will keep you riveted from the start of the book till the end. Great dialogue, smooth writing, and an inventive plot.”

—Andrew Gulli, Editor, The Strand Magazine

“A marvelous action-packed thriller with an intelligent plot and great characters.”

—Sondra Locke, Actress, Writer, Director

“Smooth suspense story that moves along like a Hitchcock movie.”

—J. A. Konrath, bestselling author of Bloody Mary

Kirkus Reviews

An ex–homicide cop turned lawyer takes the law into his own hands in this debut thriller.

John Delaney, ex-NYPD, now teaches courses in forensics and evidence at Atlanta's Emory University. Conditioned by 13 years as a homicide cop, his view of the law is, to say the least, robust. Bad guys who underestimate him do so at their peril. Delaney cares mightily about two things: (1) He adores his beautiful wife Katherine, a fellow lawyer. It's to be near her that he became a transplant. (2) He cares deeply about loyalty. Friends who find themselves in a mess of trouble can count on him for utter devotion to their causes. Ted Jordan grew up with Delaney. Jordan, also a lawyer, has given the Atlanta PD sufficient cause to like him for the murder of his colleague, still another lawyer. His fingerprints were found where they shouldn't have been while his bank account was $500,000 fatter than it should have been, an amount that will prove germane to the attribution of motive. Predictably, Jordan insists that he's been set up, that he's the victim of an insidious conspiracy mounted by a multinational drug company to silence him. He knows too much about a depression med gone horribly wrong. But who's going to believe that tired old I-was-framed refrain? The short answer is no one, perhaps not even Delaney in his heart of hearts. Still, legal niceties are only that, and friends must back friends all the way. Or what else are fists for?

A bit overwrought, but the pages keep turning. Caveat: Vigilantism gets rather cavalier treatment here, which may cause some readers to raise an eyebrow.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765362353
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,416,789
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

DOUGLAS ALAN lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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ONE
Atlanta, Georgia
November 2008
MY defining moment as an attorney didn’t come in court. It happened outside it in the lobby of the Fulton County Judicial Building. Theodore Jordan could have asked a dozen lawyers to represent him. He didn’t . . . he asked me.
We had grown up together, and as his friend I suppose my first inclination was to believe he was innocent.
What occured at the courthouse changed all that. It brought my religion into sharp focus. Not the kind you practice in church, or in a synagogue, or even in a mosque. The faces in the crowd are what did it for me.
I stood off to one side watching people nod in agreement as the district attorney laid out his case during an “impromptu” press conference. For them the battle was over before it had begun. Ted Jordan was guilty. Simple. The cops had found his fingerprints at the murdered man’s home. And they traced money stolen from his law firm to his bank account. What more did anyone need?
“We hope to dispose of this case quickly,” the DA said, pitching his voice to carry to the farthest corners of the lobby.
More people nodded.
News of Theodore Jordan’s arrest for murder and embezzlement had made the front page of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It carried a wow factor of ten on the Richter scale. Before you could say due process, the national press picked up the story. The courthouse became a media circus with Ted Jordan and myself at center stage. Like everyone else, I’d read about the grizzly murder of Sanford Hamilton in the papers, but never expected my friend to be arrested in connection with it. His call from the jail came in at 2:00 A.M.
As Thornton Schiff fed more details to the crowd, people in the lobby exchanged knowing glances. Not that you could blame them. It was like watching the Jerry Springer show or a bad accident. The facts were mesmerizing, something a canny politician recognizes out of instinct. I’d met Schiff on a number of occasions and always considered him an insufferable prick. In fact I might have said that to his face at a bar luncheon several years earlier, so there was no love lost between us.
A podium with the State Seal of Georgia had been hurriedly set up under Robert Fulton’s portrait, our county’s namesake. In front of it were a half-dozen microphones. Behind Schiff stood the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Bennett Lange. To Lange’s right was a woman I knew by sight, but not personally. Her name was Rena Bailey. She was an assistant DA. Judging from past experience, there was a good chance she would handle the majority of the trial with Schiff coming in for the kill once it was a lock. There’s nothing like a high profile case to get a faltering election campaign back on the right track. Mr. Schiff needed a winner and this was it. His recent downslide in the polls made this opportunity doubly attractive. The last man on the podium I also didn’t know, but everything about him said cop.
The dog and pony show continued as paralegals from Schiff’s office moved through the crowd passing out copies of a prepared statement to the press corps and anyone else who was interested. I took one and glanced through it.
A slender woman with the Channel 2 Action News Team held a copy in one hand and a microphone in the other. She reminded me of Joan Rivers. She shouted questions along with a score of other reporters.
“Mr. Schiff, is the state confident of a conviction?”
The DA’s head swiveled in her direction. He paused for effect. “Jean, nothing in the law is certain, but I’ll tell you this, our investigators have done a fine job pulling this case together. At this point we don’t know what evidence will be admitted until Judge McKenzie rules, so I can’t get into much detail at this time, but the answer to your question is ‘yes.’ I’m reasonably certain the people will have a conviction once the dust settles.”
“Are you seeking the death penalty?” a reporter from WKZT called out.
The din of voices immediately dropped to hear Schiff’s answer.
“Good morning, Jack. Normally, we reserve decisions like that until all the facts are in, but I’m going to break precedent and say that we will be asking for the death penalty in this case. Sanford Hamilton was tortured and left to die in a burning inferno. In addition to the other charges, Ms. Bailey will be adding arson to the indictment.”
Big surprise there since my handout contained a section entitled, “Victim Torture and Arson.” There wasn’t time to read all the details, nor was it necessary. Thornton Schiff was doing that for me.
The questions lasted five minutes. Those the DA didn’t want to, or couldn’t answer, he simply sidestepped. More reporters crowded into the lobby along with a number of lawyers who happened to be there by chance. They were curious to see what all the commotion was about.
“Jesus, they’re crucifying the guy,” said a familiar voice next to me.
I glanced to my right and recognized an old friend. Like myself, Jimmy d’Taglia was a transplanted New Yorker and at one time a lawyer in my wife’s firm. He had since moved on and was now an assistant U.S. Attorney.
I nodded slowly. They were crucifying Ted.
“Sightseeing?” he asked.
“Not today.”
There was a pause.
“Tell me you’re kidding,” Jimmy said.
“Wish I could.”
“Won’t your school mind? You haven’t been teaching there that long.”
“I know.”
“It sounds like this guy’s in a world of shit. Do you have a defense?”
“I hate seeing people build a gallows before the trial starts. Puts a damper on things.”
“Jesus,” Jimmy said. “You’re walking into a buzz saw.”
And I nodded again. The people around me nodded. But our reasons were different. To this day I don’t know what made me do it. One minute I was standing there with Jimmy and the rest of the crowd listening to Schiff’s spiel and the next I began to applaud. Heads turned in my direction.
I announced, “Well, I think he’s guilty. By a show of hands, who else here thinks Ted Jordan is guilty?”
Incredibly, several people raised their hands.
“C’mon, the rest of you, don’t hold back. He sounds guilty as hell to me. Why don’t we skip the bond hearing and go straight to conviction?”
A moment of shocked silence followed. People weren’t sure what to make of the interruption. I wasn’t sure—it was just coming out.
“Doesn’t he need a trial?” asked a woman at the back of the room.
“What for? I say go for the death penalty right now.”
A number of spectators exchanged confused glances and the cop on the podium started toward me. He stopped at a slight head shake from Schiff. A paternal smile appeared on the DA’s face.
“If the gentleman would please restrain himself,” he said, holding a hand above his eyes and squinting into the lights. “This is an emotional time for all of us. We’re trying to conduct a press conference.” It was obvious he couldn’t see my face yet.
“If I restrain myself, I’ll be the only one doing it.”
“Excuse me?”
“No, I don’t think I will. I was under the impression a lawyer can’t seek publicity to gain an advantage at trial, but I guess that doesn’t apply here.”
Schiff’s smile slowly dissolved. “Who the hell do you think you are?”
“I know who I am. The question is, who are you? And what right do you have to bend the law?”
The color in the Schiff’s face rose by at least two shades. Keeping his eyes fixed on me he said to the cop, “I’ve had enough of this idiot, Burt. Get him out of here.”
The investigator nodded to two sheriff’s deputies who were leaning against the far wall observing the proceedings. They began to push their way toward me.
“Unless you want a lawsuit for violating Theodore Jordan’s civil rights, I’d tell your men to back off.”
The cameras immediately swung around focusing their black lenses on me. Through the lights I saw Rena Bailey take a step toward the rear of the podium.
Schiff shielded his eyes and finally recognized my face. “Ah, Mr. Delaney. My job is to see everyone gets a fair trial. You’d do well to remember that. I was elected to protect the people of this county from predators and that’s what I intend to do.”
Spoken like a true politician. “Then do it in court and not out here.”
“Listen you smug, son-of-a—”
“My client wants the same rights as everyone in this lobby—the right to a trial not poisoned by publicity and political grandstanding.”
“Your client?”
“That’s right, Mr. Schiff.”
A buzz circulated throughout the crowd as eight or ten microphones were shoved under my nose. Katherine is fond of saying there’s nothing like making an entrance. Reporters started shouting questions from all sides. I held up my hand for silence.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m appalled by what’s happening here. We’re better than this. Ted Jordan has been a respected member of this community for years. His children go to school here. His job is here. So are his friends. He didn’t steal any money from his law firm and he sure as hell didn’t murder anyone. I promise you these charges will be contested with every ounce of our strength.
“Theodore Jordan is an innocent man. In case any of you missed that, I’ll repeat it. The word is innocent and we’re going to prove it. Only we won’t do so here in the lobby. We’ll do it in a courtroom where cases are tried. You can take that to the bank.”
The last part was for effect. It was something Donald Trump might have said and he generally comes off as credible, except maybe for the hair. A number of reporters wrote down my words verbatim. I hoped they wouldn’t come back to haunt me. As Theodore Jordan was led to the gallows this reporter was reminded that his lawyer once said . . .
More questions were shouted, but with a little help from Jimmy we managed to push our way through the crowd and onto the elevator. That’s the way it goes with religion. You might say it was an epiphany of sorts. Friend or not, Ted Jordan wasn’t there to speak for himself. I was.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

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    Justice is Served

    Douglas Alan's debut Circle of Lies is a spellbinding thriller that weaves together themes of friendship, loyalty, unexplained murders and deep-rooted conspiracies-mesmerizing readers at every turn. From the very first page, the book unfolds at a furious pace, while maintaining the logical progression of the plot-a key to any thriller or suspense novel. While there are countless elements of the book that are praiseworthy, it is Douglas Alan's character development that is particularly intriguing.

    John Delaney, the protagonist, has proven himself in the courtroom countless times; however, he is placed in a moral dilemma when his childhood friend, Ted Jordan, asks Delaney to defend him-in what appears to be an open-and-shut case with all the evidence stacked against Jordan. Though he wants to believe in his friend's innocence, he cannot discount the sheer amount of credible evidence: "The cops found his fingerprints at the murdered man's home. And they traced money stolen from his law firm to his bank account." Weighing loyalty above all else, Delaney begins an in-depth investigation, with more murder, the involvement of an international pharmaceutical company, government officials trying to ward Delaney away from the case, and the disappearance of Ted Jordan.

    It should be duly noted that Circle of Lies is not the typical murder mystery/law thriller; it is much more. Douglas Alan's thirty years of experience are evident in the presentation of the court scenes, and the inclusion of the pharmaceutical element brings an added dimension. The drug company, Tissinger Corporation, is attempting to cover up suicides-from the FDA-that are caused by their prescribed medication.

    When Ted Jordan stumbles upon this information, he is framed for the murder of his law-firm partner, Sanford Hamilton and accused of embezzling $500,000. Just when Delaney is onto the pharmaceutical company, another body is discovered at Jordan's apartment, and Ted is nowhere to be found. Will Delaney, who-isn't entirely convinced of Ted's innocence-lay it all on the line to uncover the truth?

    Circle of Lies presents real-life contemporary issues that face today's society. In fact, the FDA recently announced a probe into several pharmaceuticals that sell anti-depressants believed to cause suicidal thoughts.

    Ultimately, Douglas Alan portrays the court of law in an authentic light. While the legal system is not flawless, it is up to lawyers like Alan to set things straight. A memorable passage from this book reads, "It's reassuring to know that however slowly the wheels of justice turn, eventually things are put right." Circle of Lies, fittingly titled, will keep readers thoroughly engaged until the gratifying end.

    Woven together with captivating conspiracies, murder, conniving international pharmaceuticals, and a protagonist pinned between loyalty and the easy way out, Circle of Lies is a page-turning, must-read crime novel that will soon be seen on the big screen.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    A good solid thriller

    This was a solid fun read from the beginning. In the end, I was torn between giving it four or five stars and eventually decided on the lower rating. The bit about an evil drug company setting someone up has been done before. Mr. Alan is clearly a talented writer and I hope he will branch out more in the future. I love a plot that keeps me guessing as this one did.

    The characters were interesting and their byplay fun to read. John Delaney, an ex-New York co, now turned lawyer, has potential assuming Alan invests the time to develop him further.

    I particularly liked that Mr. Alan really did not have a defined villain. You get the impression that someone is pulling the strings, but the threat of menace and manipulation came off well. It doesn't always have to be good versus evil. It's enough for a character to have a puzzle that needs to be solved.

    A bright spot was the author's interplay between the characters. It did more to tell you about them than his narrative insights, made through Delaney, who is mostly on stage throughout the novel. The reader is teased with (Delaney's) doubts as to whether Ted Jordan is actually innocent or is using him to get out of a pile of trouble.

    I noted that some of the other reviews here have commented that this book was hard to get. I agree. Barnes & Noble eventually had to order a copy for me because "there were none to be had in Kansas City???" If I were Mr. Alan, I'd think seriously about getting a new publisher. The manager at my local store confided there was plenty of demand for the book but they were having trouble getting it from the publisher. I sent Tom Doherty Associates and McMillian a note about this but never heard back from them. Apparently, the days of customer service are over.

    All in all, you find yourself flipping one page after another. The chapters are short and usually leave the reader wanting to see where the next one leads. This is a technique James Patterson uses to good effect. This book was not a home run, but it was definitely a standup triple.

    I'll be anxious to see Mr. Alan's next effort.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

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    A smart interesting story! A true must read!

    I started out reading this thinking it would take me several days to complete since I'm not a huge thriller fan, but was intrigued by the excellent reviews. I finished this in 2 days! I read Circle of Lies every free moment I had. Douglas Alan writes so well you feel you are listening to a good friend describe the predicament. A quick read yet the story keeps you captivated through the end because the characters are realistic and believable. I was pleasantly surprised how he convinces the reader to imagine such scenes as the opening murder and describes his character's, Ted Jordan, charges without being morbidly detailed. Alan trusts his readers can imagine such crimes themselves and let's them choose the extent of how much they want to picture. Not many thrillers can deliver such choice and keep you interested at the same time.

    This is a must read. I'm looking forward to reading more of Douglas Alan in the very near future!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

    Wonderful Read!

    A legal thriller that had me on the edge of my seat. I literally started reading this on a day I thought I had off from work. I got called in and couldn't stop thinking about it. When I came home I when straight back into it. My girlfriend was actually kind of upset with me. I finished it the following day.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

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    Will keep you on your toes!

    Not a typical book I would purchase, but a friend suggested it. I have to admit it got me hooked from the first page-now that is a good book! Alan executed that right off the bat, leading any reader into a craze of never wanting to put it down. However, the plot of a shady drug company setting a person up is a bit outmoded, however, Alan mixes it up. Besides incorporating the government, you can sense the uncertainty and dubiousness in his main character, John Delany. These characteristics, for me, add a more tension filled story with human questionability. It makes me want to keep reading, as these are qualities we can all relate to. It also leaves me, or any reader, curious throughout. This is my first read from Douglas Alan, and it certainly did not disappoint. "Circle of Lies," is suspenseful, upbeat and unpredictable.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Layers of Mystery Upon Mystery--Must Read!

    Alan Douglas' Circle of Lies is a riveting page turner that affirms the old Pringle commercial, "once you pop, the fun don't stop." Now, this is not your bag of chips; instead, it's a dazzling display of tremendous plot and character development. From the get go, readers are attached to John Delaney, an ex-cop turned lawyer. Modeling after the Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Journey, fate puts Delany into a situation where he must decide whether to support his childhood friend and risk his career and family, or shy away and presume him guilty.

    Alan Douglas' writing style is exhilarating, prompting the reader to simply devour through the book at breakneck speed. The plot revolves on his childhood friend, Ted Jordan, who is accused of murdering his law partner for a grand total of $500,000 dollars.

    Douglas incorporates so many themes into the novel (greed, good versus evil, perseverance, etc.), but none bigger than loyalty. Despite the evidence clearly pointing to Ted Jordan, Delaney continues his investigation. A series of events leads to Jordan's disappearance and puts Delaney at a crossroads. Does John Delaney take the loyalty route and seek his friend or take the easy way out and let sleeping dogs lie.

    In Circle of Lies, there is an overarching mystery, or lie that is being concealed. There is someone more powerful than Ted Jordan; so powerful that the government is intent on having Delaney drop the case.

    It's a must read book that puts Alan Douglas' thirty years of law experience on full display. He knows the way around the court and does an excellent job of weaving in minor characters to give depth to the book. Five-stars, highly recommended!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Phenomenal Read from First Time Author

    This thriller's main character is a lawyer named John Delaney, and he does not disappoint. I read it on the plane before a trip to Atlanta, and it really got me into the Southern mindset. Delaney is asked to defend his childhood friend Ted Jordan who has been arrested for murdering his law partner and embezzling money from the firm. Ted Jordan insists he is innocent because he has unearthed some information about the FDA covering up suicides from a pharmaceutical company. How does this story end ? That is for you to find out. I am wondering when the movie will hit the box offices!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Thriller true to its name

    Thrillers, by definition, are created to frighten... and there is nothing quite so frightening as the possible.

    From the very beginning of Circle of Lies, Alan gives glimpses into the true terror of real life. Within pages, the normal has become abnormal in a very realistic and yet horrifying way. As we continue through the story, Alan offers a glimpse into what begins as a perhaps banal life--that of laywer John Delaney--a lawyer who is suddenly faced with a true life-or-death decision.

    The storyline isn't contrived or ridiculous, and while the situations in the book clearly stick to its genre, Alan relies not on gore or shock value, but on the slow progression through the life of John Delaney as he attempts to help his friend, decorated with the twists and turns of the hidden demons and, more importantly, the difficult choices that exist in society today.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

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    Page-Turning Thriller

    Douglas Alan's debut novel, Circle of Lies, immediately captures your attention and draws you in, making for an enjoyable, fast-paced thriller with intriguing characters from cover to cover. The story centers on Atlanta attorney, John Delaney, as he struggles to maintain the innocence of and defend his child friend, Ted Jordan, who has been accused of murdering his law partner and embezzling half a million dollars from the firm. While all of the signs point to Ted's guilt, John discovers that the intrigue goes much deeper, involving a drug company and federal agents. The book is well-written, exhibits excellent character and plot development, and has all of the elements of suspense to make for a page-turning, riveting read; it is possible that Circle of Lies may become a major motion picture, transforming a phenomenal thriller from a book to a movie.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    Awesome!!!

    One word: exhilarating! The author will make you feel as if you're in the book. Personally, if the first page is interesting, I will be hooked unto the rest of the book. Alan didn't fail my preference at all. The murdering, the intellectual mind-racing thrills throughout the whole book should be made into a film. Circle of Lies was definitely well-written. All of the characters were quite realistic and so was the plot of this story. Alan definitely incorporated various psychological aspects into each page. Simply amazing! Moreover, it's not one of those books where you'll be able to predict everything.

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    Posted January 16, 2011

    Very well written

    The book begins with a murder plot of a woman walking in a park. The atmosphere is so well described that the reader gets a feel as though witnessing it in person. The pace of the story is set on the first page itself, giving you a sense of mystery and suspense. The story progresses into the life of a lawyer who is set to seek justice for his childhood friend who is framed by a large drug company. The story gives us deeper look into the extents of friendship, trust, right and wrong, and the choices an individual has to make over the course of time. A charming tale of discovering the truth by overcoming facade of lies and deceit. A must read.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

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    Great Thriller Read!

    I loved this book. When you look for a good thriller you want to be captured and immersed in the story immediately. "Circle of Lies" does just that with an intricately woven story of an international drug company conspiracy, dirty federal agents, friendship, embezzlement, murder and mystery. The main character in the novel, John Delancey is an ex-cop that became a trial lawyer and is immediately likable. The well thought out plot, realistic characters and attention to detail make this read come to life. Based in Atlanta, Georgia Alan gets all of the specifics correct and paints an accurate picture. First time author Douglas Alan has practiced law for 30 years as well as having a degree in Psychiatry, giving this book the realness it needs. The pace was perfect, writing excellent. Bravo, Douglas Alan!

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

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    Circle of lies

    Books in this genre are typically emblazoned with a vague or abstract picture of a weapon, or silhouetted woman. The stories end up being less interesting than the artwork most times. This isn't the case with Circle of lies. It does have all of the tenants of hallmarks of the genre, but the characters and story are allowed a bit more ebb and flow. There feels like there is a bit more space; a few breaths in between plot points. It is a new approach, or a good one at least. You do not feel like you are being dragged through the book by the nose to get to a contrived and needless twist. Great read for people on the look out for a different angle.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    Thriller makes me nervous...and I like it!

    "Circle of Lies" is categorized as a thriller novel and I have to admit, I was nervous by the end of the very first page. When it comes to a thriller novel, this is a good thing! The imagery in this book is very vivid and it really draws you in, making it hard to stop reading. The good news is that the pace continues for the entire book. At no point are there descriptions that are too long or drawn out. There are no boring plot lines. And there are certainly no uninteresting characters. Author Douglas Alan has created an awful drug company who sets someone up. It's a conspiracy that goes way up the food chain. The plot isn't something completely new, but with the use of the fascinating characters, it holds the attention quite well. The characters of John Delaney and his wife Katherine are very entertaining. Their clever back and forth conversations are fun to read. Honestly, I had never heard of this author before.and I LOVE to read. I'm really glad I discovered this book, it's a gem in the thriller world.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    Gripping page-turner

    Douglas Alan is a well-rounded genius. I was not at all surprised to read that he was a trial attorney and has a degree in psychology before honing his skills as a writer. The book is gripping and humorous all at the same time. And the characters do justice to the plot. They're not perfect, nor are they predictable - which is quite refreshing. It's one of those page turners that you won't be able to put down...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

    Great Read!

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and the touches of humor kept me smiling. Once I started I couldn't put it down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    Awesome read!

    I was in the mood for reading a thriller-type book ... and this one delivered and then some! From the very beginning to the end of the book, you can expect to find a fast-paced novel that will always keep you interested, engaged, and wanting to read more. (all my criteria for a great read by the way!)

    I definitely then would recommend this book to other readers that appreciate a truly entertaining novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

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    Always finish what you start

    Ted Jordan is in big trouble. He's accused of embezzling from his law firm, torturing and murdering one of his partners, and then torching the victim's house in an attempt to cover his tracks. The District Attorney wants to fry him and nobody believes he's innocent. He turns to his friend since childhood, ex-cop, lawyer, and forensics professor, John Delaney. As the clues and evidence mount and continue to stack against his client, Delaney refuses to give up on his friend. Jordan insists he's being framed; but as suspicious as the characters who turn up may be, Delaney and his tough and sexy smart wife and partner, Katherine just can't make the connection. During the investigation, Delaney gets his car blown up, almost with him in it, one of his closest friends is shot five times in the back, and he gets beat up and thrown in a cell by a crooked Fed. When Jordan disappears just as the murder weapon is discovered, Delaney discovers the limits of his loyalty and doggedly stubborn need to finish whatever he starts. He's ready to quit, friend since childhood notwithstanding. Then the bad guys make the biggest mistake of their lives. Douglas Alan puts his years of experience as a trial lawyer, his degree in Psychology, and his familiarity with the Atlanta landscape and landmarks to take us through a riveting, real and frightening look behind the scenes of our criminal justice system. Politics, intrigue, and a touch of domestic humor sprinkled in, make this an exciting read. Well worth the time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

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    PROBABLY THE BEST MYSTERY READ OF THE YEAR -- MUST OWN!

    This is one of my first online reviews -- I usually don't take time to do this, but this book is definitely worth it -- a five star read if you are getting bored with the usual suspects...it feels like reading a great mystery for the first time!

    I know about this author through word of mouth -- I don't understand why the publisher isn't doing more to get this guy out there -- he's great and it was hard to find this sold out book in the stores where I usually shop. I opened an online account just to get a hold of a copy.

    If you are like me, you figure out the endings of most mysteries pretty quickly, the clues are usually obvious. With Alan, you have to pay attention and stay on point, but if you do, it is a joy to see the story play out. Now I just want to read it again until his next one comes out.

    If you are a southerner or know Atlanta, you will love this one for another reason -- he gets the city right. We southerners hate it when a writer "wings" what it is to be southern. Hate it. Everything Alan describes both visually and historically rings true and I could really feel myself in every place he chose for his scenes. If you have never been to Atlanta, you will feel like you have after this read.

    I could practically feel the characters breathing. I found the writing relaxed and witty, and the pacing was flawless. Everything about this book is both possible and believable which is the most frightening thing about it...

    Don't read the end first -- you'll thank me later. You will get there soon enough because you will not be able to put this book down once you start. Bravo, Mr. Alan! Make MORE!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2011

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    This is a Must Read!

    This is the first book I've read by Alan. I have to say, he hooked me from the very beginning. This book was well-written and it moves at a fast pace, which I love! I was kept in suspense until the very end. I also loved that not all of my predictions for how things would turn out were actually how things turned out - it was nice to be kept guessing and read a book that was not so predictable. This book did not disappoint! Generally, I can tell if I will be interested in a book within the first few pages, and this book again proved my theory true! I would recommend this book to anyone, and I can't wait for Alan's next book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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