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False Pretenses
     

False Pretenses

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by Catherine Coulter
 

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter's first contemporary suspense novel.

First published in 1988, False Pretenses is the explosive story of how one woman survives the destruction of her perfect life—and the intentions of three mysterious men...

A famous concert pianist married to a wealthy international business tycoon

Overview

#1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter's first contemporary suspense novel.

First published in 1988, False Pretenses is the explosive story of how one woman survives the destruction of her perfect life—and the intentions of three mysterious men...

A famous concert pianist married to a wealthy international business tycoon, Elizabeth Carleton is the envy of all until the night her husban is stabbed in the chest with an ice pick and everything falls apart.

Accused of murder, Elizabeth has little hope of being exonerated until a surprise witness appears to give her an airtight alibi. The jury finds her not guilty. The only thing is: She’s never met the man who testified on her behalf. 

Free and completely bewildered, Elizabeth must now cope with the financial empire her husband left behind and his family, who want to destroy her. Then three men suddenly appear in her life. Can she trust any of them? Or is one of them a murderer?

Editorial Reviews

Rocky Mounatin News
Full of twists and turns that guarantee enjoyment.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Neither Lincoln Center nor Wall Street comes across with credibility in this first hardcover novel by the author of 18 Regency and historical romances. Set against the glittering Manhattan world of corporate finance and performing arts is a shifting population of heroes and villains, white knights and charlatans. Barely acquitted of her elderly husband's ice-pick murder, pianist Elizabeth Carleton struggles to rule his financial empire, developing unusual alliances while learning firsthand about hostile takeovers. Although confronted by vicious in-laws rivaling the Borgias in their skill for blackmail and betrayal, Elizabeth thrives surrounded by attentive and attractive men. A trusted bodyguard guides her through the intricacies of acquisition politics, an acquaintance made during a European junket becomes her confidant and she is later squired by a mysterious and wealthy psychiatrist who perjured himself to assure her acquittal. Elizabeth's trials pose as a romantic mystery thriller but the book suffers from stilted dialogue and equally awkward descriptions of violent confrontations and sexual couplings. Non sequiturs concerning affirmative action and safe sex merely accessorize the dated formula, reminiscent of a TV saga. ( October)
Library Journal
Thanks to the testimony of a mysterious stranger, concert pianist Elizabeth Carleton is found not guilty of the ice pick murder of her elderly megamillionaire husband, Timothy. Subsequently, Elizabeth battles his greedy relatives while struggling to run Timothy's business ventures. Along the way she falls in love with a ``real man.'' At tale's end, Elizabeth has a climactic confrontation with the mysterious stranger and, at the same time, solves her husband's murder. A hardcover first novel by the author of 18 romance paperbacks, this entertaining formula tale is best suited for larger collections of light or popular reading. Its appealing cover should also encourage browsing. Ed. James B. Hemesath, Adams State Coll. Lib., Alamosa, Col.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451199683
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Series:
Contemporary Romantic Thriller Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
636,793
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Catherine Coulter is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the FBI Thrillers featuring husband and wife team Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. She is also the author—with J. T. Ellison—of the Brit in the FBI series. She lives in Sausalito, California.

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False Pretenses 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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CC is a very good write but she put too many characters to remember in this book.
Sas-sy9 More than 1 year ago
This book is about a woman who inherited millions and a business empire. Although she knew nothing about running a business, she decided to learn everything she could and with help was very successful. She was accused of the murder and her dead husband's family did everything they could to undermine her - to no avail. Quite a surprise ending - you'll love it
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all the Coulter books that I have read so far, although this one seemed to in parts drrrrraggg on the last 10 chapters were faster paced. There are alot of characters in this book and that was sometimes confusing. I would prefer the FBI series she writes in my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had just read Beyond Eden before reading this book. It was a dissapointment. Elizabeth was too gutless and let too many men push her around. Overall, a very frustrating book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This a very good read. Gripping story, always keeps you on the edge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good book, and easy to read. I enjoyed the combination of mystory and romance. . .It was very well written, and one I might read again sometime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I read one of her books and guess what it want be the last one I read!! I stayed up all night reading this book, I just couldn't put it down! She keeps your attendtion the whole time you are read it. You want to know who killed Elizabeth husband! If you love mystery and romace this is the book for you!! I promoise you that you will love it. I wish that the book would had contitude on!! So buy this book now!!!! You want be sorry!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sorry to say that I was bored by this book. It reads like a bad tv movie -- I could not wait to finish it...and I'm sorry that I wasted my time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly entertaining--another of her mystery/romance that is fast-paced and keeps the reader enchanted.