Genuine Lies

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A book to die for...

Eve Benedict is the last of the movie goddesses, a smoky-voiced sex symbol with two Oscars, four ex-husbands, and a legion of lovers to her name. There is no secret, no scandal she doesn't know. Now Eve has decided to write her memoirs—no holds barred. All Hollywood begs her not to. But Eve has her reasons....

Julia Summers is the biographer Eve has ...
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Overview

A book to die for...

Eve Benedict is the last of the movie goddesses, a smoky-voiced sex symbol with two Oscars, four ex-husbands, and a legion of lovers to her name. There is no secret, no scandal she doesn't know. Now Eve has decided to write her memoirs—no holds barred. All Hollywood begs her not to. But Eve has her reasons....

Julia Summers is the biographer Eve has handpicked to tell her story. Transported from her quiet life in Connecticut to glitzy Beverly Hills, Julia hates the limelight but loves her work—and the home it built for the ten-year-old son she's raising alone. How can she refuse this chance of a lifetime?

But Eve's elegantly sexy stepson, Paul Winthrop, will challenge Eve's determination to tell her story—and Julia's resolve to guard her heart. And as Julia learns just how far Eve's enemies will go to keep her book from publication, she also discovers that Eve has one last, dark secret to share. It is one that will change Julia's life—and could cut it brutally short.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Though the opening scene of this book refers to a murder, that deed only occurs 100 pages from the end of the story, when Roberts's ( Public Secrets ) disappointing tale finally heats up. Until then, the reader is dragged through the sordid secrets of a dreary collection of friends, lovers, employees and ex-husbands of 67-year-old film star Eve Benedict. She has hired Julia Summers to write an authorized biography, an expose of Hollywood life guaranteed to irk most of her past associates. And soon an aggressor swings into action: Eve and Julia receive threatening notes; Julia's rooms are broken into twice; finally, Eve is silenced permanently. So whodunit? The suspects are legion: Eve's nephew and agent, Drake Morrison, now fired and disinherited; former lover Michael Delrickio, whose mob connections Eve planned to reveal; actress Gloria DuBarry, a symbol of morality--provided no one learns of her affair and abortion. Or maybe it was Eva's devoted supporters Nina Soloman and Dorothy Travers, who are more than just staff. Or Eve's stepson, mystery writer Paul Winthrop, who has a marked interest in Julia. Or, as the police think, Julia herself. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
“You can’t bottle wish fulfillment, but Nora Roberts certainly knows how to put it on the page.” —New York Times

"Roberts does a beautiful job weaving together the movie star's titillating tales and the love story that develops."—USA Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553290783
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1999
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 521
  • Sales rank: 289,332
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts is the first writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. The New York Times bestselling author of such novels as Sacred Sins and Divine Evil, she has become one of today's most successful and best-loved writers. Nora Roberts lives with her family in Maryland.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

Read an Excerpt


"So, we'll be richer." She toasted Eve with her glass, drank, then rattled ice cubes. "Now, why don't you tell me why you really asked me out here today?"

Leaning back against the bar, Eve sipped. Diamonds glinted at her ears; her feet were bare. "You do know me too well. I've got another project in mind. One I've been thinking about for some time. I'll need your help with it."

Maggie arched one thin blond brow. "My help, not my opinion?"

"Your opinion's always welcome, Maggie. It's one of the few that is." She sat in a high-back wicker chair cushioned in scarlet. From there she could see her gardens, the meticulously tended blooms, the carefully trimmed hedges. Bright water fumed up in a marble fountain and glinted in its basin. Beyond was the pool, the guest house--an exact reproduction of a Tudor home from one of her most successful films. Behind a stand of palms were the tennis courts she used at least twice a week, a putting green she had lost interest in, a shooting range she had installed after the Manson murders twenty years before. There was an orange grove, a ten-car garage, a man-made lagoon, and a twenty-foot stone fence to close it all in.

She'd worked for every square inch of her estate in Beverly Hills. Just as she'd worked to turn a smoky-voiced sex symbol into a respected actress. There had been sacrifices, but she rarely thought of them. There had been pain. That was something she never forgot. She had clawed her way up a ladder slippery with sweat and blood--and had been at the top for a long time. But she was there alone.

"Tell me about the project," Maggie was saying. "I'll give you my opinion, and thenmy help."

"What project?"

Both women looked toward the doorway at the sound of the man's voice. It carried the faintest of British accents, like polish over fine wood, though the man had not lived in England for more than a decade in his thirty-five years. Paul Winthrop's home was southern California.

"You're late." But Eve was smiling easily and holding out both hands for him.

"Am I?" He kissed her hands first, then her cheek, finding them both as soft as rose petals. "Hello, gorgeous." He lifted her glass, sipped, and grinned. "Best damn oranges in the country. Hi, Maggie."

"Paul. Christ, you look more like your father every day. I could get you a screen test in a heartbeat."

He sipped again before handing the glass back to Eve. "I'm going to take you up on that one day--when hell freezes over."

He crossed to the bar, a tall, leanly built male with a hint of muscle beneath his loose shirt. His hair was the color of aged mahogany and was windswept from driving fast with the top of his convertible down. His face, which had been almost too pretty as a boy, had weathered--much to his relief. Eve studied it now, the long, straight nose, the hollowed cheeks, the deep blue eyes with their faint lines that were a woman's curse and a man's character. His mouth was quirked in a grin and was strong and beautifully shaped. It was a mouth she had fallen in love with twenty-five years before. His father's mouth.

"How is the old bastard?" she asked with affection.

"Enjoying his fifth wife, and the tables at Monte Carlo."

"He'll never learn. Women and gambling were always Rory's weaknesses."

Because he planned to work that evening, Paul sipped his juice straight. He'd interrupted his day for Eve, as he would have done for no one else. "Fortunately, he's always had uncanny luck with both."

Eve drummed her fingers on the arm of the chair. She'd been married to Rory Winthrop for a brief and tumultuous two years a quarter of a century before, and wasn't certain she agreed with his son's verdict. "How old is this one, thirty?"

"According to her press releases." Amused, Paul tilted his head as Eve snatched up another cigarette. "Come now, gorgeous, don't tell me you're jealous."

If anyone else had suggested it, she would have raked them clean to the bone. Now Eve merely shrugged.

"I hate to see him make a fool of himself. Besides, every time he takes the plunge, they run a list of his exes." A cloud of smoke veiled her face for a moment, then was whipped up into the current from the ceiling fan. "I detest seeing my name linked with his poorer choices."

"Ah, but yours shines the brightest." Paul lifted his glass in salute. "As it should."

"Always the right words at the right time." Pleased, Eve settled back. But her fingers moved restlessly on the arm of the chair. "The mark of the successful novelist. Which is one of the reasons I asked you here today."

"One of?"

"The other being that I don't see enough of you, Paul, when you're in the middle of one of your books." Again she held out a hand for his. "I might have been your stepmama for only a short time, but you're still my only son."

Touched, he brought her hand to his lips. "And you're still the only woman I love."

"Because you're too damn choosy." But Eve squeezed his fingers before she released them. "I didn't ask both of you here for sentiment. I need your professional advice." She took a slow drag on her cigarette, knowing the value of the dramatic timing. "I've decided to write my memoirs."

"Oh, Christ," was Maggie's first reaction, but Paul merely lifted a brow.

"Why?"

Only the sharpest of ears would have heard the hesitation. Eve always had her lines cold. "Having a lifetime achievement award thrust on me started me thinking."

"That was an honor, Eve," Maggie put in. "Not a kick in the pants."

"It was both," Eve said. "It was fitting to have my body of work honored, but my life--and my work--are far from finished. It did cause me to reflect on the fact that my fifty years in this business have been far from dull. I don't think even someone with Paul's imagination could dream up a more interesting story--with such varied characters." Her lips curved slowly, with malice as well as humor. "There will be some who won't be pleased to see their names and their little secrets in print."

"And there's nothing you like better than to stir the pot," Paul murmured.

"Nothing," Eve agreed. "And why not? The sauce sticks to the bottom and burns if it isn't stirred now and again. I intend to be frank, brutally so. I won't waste my time on a celebrity biography that reads like a press release or a fan letter. I need a writer who won't soften my words or exploit them. Someone who will put my story together as it is, not as some might want it to be." She caught the expression on Paul's face and laughed. "Don't worry, darling, I'm not asking you to take the job."

"I gather you have someone in mind." He took her glass to freshen her drink. "Is that why you sent the Robert Chambers bio over to me last week?"

Eve accepted the glass and smiled. "What did you think of it?"

He shrugged. "It was well done for its kind."

"Don't be a snob, darling." Amused, she gestured with her cigarette. "As I'm sure you're aware, the book received excellent reviews and stayed on the New York Times list for twenty weeks."

"Twenty-two," he corrected her, and made her grin.

"It was an interesting work, if one was into Robert's bravado, and machismo, but what I found most fascinating was that the author managed to ferret out a number of truths among the carefully crafted lies."

"Julia Summers," Maggie put in, debating hard and long over another piece of candy. "I saw her on Today when she was doing the promotion rounds last spring. Very cool, very attractive. There was a rumor that she and Robert were lovers."

"If they were, she maintained her objectivity." Eve made a circle in the air with her cigarette before crushing it out. "Her personal life isn't the issue."

"But yours will be," Paul reminded her. After setting his glass aside, he moved closer to her. "Eve, I don't like the idea of your opening yourself up. Whatever they say about sticks and stones, words leave scars, especially when they're tossed by a clever writer."

"You're absolutely right--that's why I intend for most of the words to be mine." She waved away his protest, impatiently, so that he saw her mind was already made up. "Paul, without getting on your literary hobby horse, what do you think of Julia Summers professionally?"

"She does what she does well enough. Maybe too well." The idea made him uneasy. "You don't need to expose yourself to public curiosity this way, Eve. You certainly don't need the money, or the publicity."

"My dear boy, I'm not doing this for the money or the publicity. I'm doing it as I do most things, for the satisfaction." Eve glanced toward her agent. She knew Maggie well enough to see that the wheels were already turning. "Call her agent," Eve said briefly. "Make the pitch. I'll give you a list of my requirements." She rose then to press a kiss to Paul's cheek. "Don't scowl. You have to trust that I know what I'm doing."

She walked with perfect poise to the bar to add more champagne to her glass, hoping she hadn't started a ball rolling that would ultimately flatten her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2005

    Mesmerizing

    I absolutely loved this book. It's definitely one of my favorite Nora Roberts books. I loved Eve's personality: smart, bold, compassionate, and with that i-don't-take-s***- attitude that i admired. The plot was very well written, the characters intriguing, and the dialogue smart. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who's interested in Nora Roberts.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    GENUINE LIES By Nora Roberts

    I found GENUINE LIES suspenseful and engaging. I loved the peek into Hollywood lives, the glamour, the secrets, the lies. Julia Summers is a biographer and a single mother of her ten year old son, Brandon. She lost her parents and Brandon's father left her. All she wants most in the world is to succeed at what she does and to be the best Mom to Brandon. Julia is contracted to write a biography of movie goddess, Eve Benedict which gets the storyline moving suspensefully with threats to Julia's life.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2009

    One of Nora Robert's BEST!!

    I have this book in my collection. Over the years i have read this book several times. It is amazingly thrilling,romantic,mysterious,and has just the right amount of humor. This book is addictive and I highly recommend it!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2000

    Understated Prize

    A quick read that pulls you into the fashionable Hollywood of fifty years ago and weaves beautifully with the present lives of the stars. Shocking twists and amazing truths that hit at your heart.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2008

    A good read

    It was entertaining and the possibilites of who done it was great.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2001

    Again Mrs. Roberts does it again

    This book was so awesome. Mrs. Roberts does it again with this novel. The love was so complete with Julia and Paul. The plot was breathtaking and the mystery in this book is too much, you wont know who the killer is until the end. Athough the lusty scenes could be more lustier. This book was great and I would recommend this book to anyone

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Simply Amazing

    I've read a lot of books by Nora Roberts but this one is the most mesmerizing book i've read by her. It left me stunned through the whole thing. Every new chapter made me read more, so by the time the end of the book came i could barely stop to do other things because i had to finish it! This book was just truly captivating, if you have not already read it, then i suggest getting it as soon as possible! it is well worth time and money :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    never get enough

    nora roberts how can i explain........best writter in the world!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2010

    Great read!

    This is another one of Nora Roberts' great books. Very engaging and you never know what will happen next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2005

    Not a beach read

    It was a good story overall, but I found the book a bit too long... I would've liked it more if it was shorter.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2002

    Robert's best!

    I have read many Nora Robert's books, and this one is my favorite! I found the story of Hollywood years ago very interesting, plus the plot was very good!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2002

    Loved It

    Awesome book. Only my second Nora Roberts book, and I am a HUGE fan!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2002

    My Favorite Nora Roberts Novel!!!

    I absolutely LOVE this book. The ending shocked me and it was a riveting page turner. Do not miss this book! I've read SEVERAL of Robert's novels and find this one to be the best!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2000

    IN's Review of Genuine Lies

    Nora Roberts is probably my favorite writer, and this is one of the five books of hers that I have. I do find it very well-written and interesting, but I think that the mystery she weaves into the end of the story detracts from the overall mood slightly. It kind of disrupts the flow of the romance and the timeline. It is my least favorite of hers that I have read so far, but that is still highly recommending it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2013

    Although this story was very predictable without many surprises,

    Although this story was very predictable without many surprises, I still enjoyed it. I think this story is a good choice for any fan of Nora Roberts or for someone who isn’t familiar with her work.




    Julia and Eve were exceptional characters and I liked both of them immediately. It took me a little longer to warm up to Paul, but once I did, I thought he was perfect for Julia and her son.




    I really enjoyed the premise of a celebrity movie star deciding to write her memoirs and the secrets she plans to reveal are jaw-dropping and some of the characters would do anything to keep those secrets buried. 




    If you are looking for a good story with interesting characters, romance, suspense and mystery, then I recommend this story to provide the perfect choice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Suspens Edgy

    Good read to the end







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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Great Story! Couldn't put it down. One of my favorites so far. You won't regret buying this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Not a bad plot. The plot wasn't bad but I thought there was too

    Not a bad plot. The plot wasn't bad but I thought there was too much sex especially under the circumstances. It just didn't seem believable that Julia - the main female character - wanted to have sex after she had been accused of murder & under other stressful situations - that was too much. Julia's character should have been upset, afraid, stressed, etc... but not turned on 24/7. Ms. Nora just made Julia's character seemed like a slutty Mother - not nice. The storyline was good if you don't mind a lot of corruption from almost all the characters in this book and a felling that you're reading a "risque novel", other than that the storyline was good :-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Love It !!!!

    I Love It !!!!!!!!

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