False Pretenses

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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.

Beautiful concert pianist Elizabeth Carleton seemed to have it all. But when her fabulously wealthy husband was murdered, she stood accused--and not even her surprising acquittal in ...

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Overview

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.

Beautiful concert pianist Elizabeth Carleton seemed to have it all. But when her fabulously wealthy husband was murdered, she stood accused--and not even her surprising acquittal in court could silence the whispers of her guilt . . . or stop the danger of a killer still at large!

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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.
Library Journal
Elizabeth Xavier Carleton is a beautiful, talented concert pianist who is married to a much older, extremely wealthy man. She comes home one night to find her husband lying on the floor of his study, a leather-handled ice pick in his chest. Of course, being the heroine of a romance novel, she tries to pull it out before it dawns on her that old Timothy is dead as a doornail. With her prints on the murder weapon, the circumstantial evidence is pretty bleak, so the tabloids condemn her as that gold-digging murderess, Elizabeth X. But help is at hand. A surprise witness at her trial provides her with an airtight alibi, and the jury acquits her. But Elizabeth has never seen this man before in her life. Can she trust him? Is he the murderer? Coulter's first foray into contemporary suspense is a corker of a story, with fast-paced plotting, engaging characters, and snappy dialog. Nicola Amos shows expertise in her character differentiation and her pacing. An excellent choice for public libraries; enthusiastically recommended.--Barbara Perkins, Irving P.L., TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451199683
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Contemporary Romantic Thriller Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 204,779
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine  Coulter
Catherine Coulter loves to travel, loves to ski, and reads voraciously. She has a reputation for telling good jokes and giving humorous talks. She lives in Northern California with her physician husband. She works out regularly, although this isn't quite as enjoyable as shopping, for example. She can be reached at P.O. Box 17, Mill Valley, California 94942 or you can E-mail her at ReadMoi@aol.com

Biography

The author of dozens of bestsellers, Catherine Coulter made her Romance debut with 1978's The Autumn Countess, a fast-moving story she describes as "a Gothic masquerading as a Regency." Six more Regency romances followed in quick succession; then, in 1982, she penned her first full-length historical novel, Devil's Embrace. She counts several trilogies among her most popular historicals, notably the Bride Trilogy -- which, in turn, spawned an ongoing story sequence featuring the beloved Sherbrooke family of Regency-era England.

In 1988, Coulter tried her hand at contemporary romance with a twisty little page-turner called False Pretenses. Her fans ate it up and begged for more. Since then, she has interspersed historicals with contemporary romantic thrillers (like the novels in her bestselling FBI series) in one of the most successful change-ups in the history of romance publishing.

Good To Know

Suspense writer Catherine Coulter tells us her top ten sleuths and her top ten heroes. We think you'll be as intrigued by her answers as we were ...

TOP TEN SLEUTHS:
Hercule Poirot
Jane Marple
Columbo
Inspector Morse
Jack Ryan
Indiana Jones
Pink Panther
Sherlock Holmes
Sid Halley

TOP TEN HEROS:
Harry Potter (Every Single Book)
Colin Firth as Darcy
S.C. Taylor from Beyond Eden
Lucas Davenport
Dillon Savich
James Bond (Sean Connery)
Jack Bauer
John McClain (All Die Hard)
Shrek (l & 2)
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Catherine Coulter

    CC is a very good write but she put too many characters to remember in this book.

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  • Posted October 28, 2013

    Highly recommended

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2005

    Very detail oriented and confusing, but still a good read.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2003

    Too many men!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2001

    Great read

    This a very good read. Gripping story, always keeps you on the edge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2000

    A Good Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2000

    Page turner!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2000

    Zzzzzzz........

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2000

    Excellent

    Thoroughly entertaining--another of her mystery/romance that is fast-paced and keeps the reader enchanted.

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