The Lie

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The U.S. president has decided to turn an international conference on human rights into the scene of his greatest triumph--but instead is taken hostage by a group prepared to kill for world peace. Paul Waters, an intelligence agent assigned to protect the president, joins forces with his lover, Kate Dinneson, to foil the plans of the extremist group and rescue American's leader. But can they stop the fanatics in time? And did the president plan his own kidnapping?
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Overview

The U.S. president has decided to turn an international conference on human rights into the scene of his greatest triumph--but instead is taken hostage by a group prepared to kill for world peace. Paul Waters, an intelligence agent assigned to protect the president, joins forces with his lover, Kate Dinneson, to foil the plans of the extremist group and rescue American's leader. But can they stop the fanatics in time? And did the president plan his own kidnapping?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Deception is the name of the deadly game in the pseudonymous Weaver's suspenseful new novel (after Impulse). The story explodes from the starting gate as young feature writer Kate Dennison murders the man, along with his wife, whom she believes shot dead, acting on CIA orders, her politically revolutionary parents, the Falangas, 18 years before. Kate tracked down her victims through a tip from German Klaus Logefeld, a Nazi tracker and former Falanga disciple who has a dual identity as well-known university professor Alfred Mainz. As Mainz, Logefeld is organizing in Germany a high-level international conference at which he hopes to resolve the various bloody ethnic conflicts in Africa. In the first of many amazing plot twists, Kate becomes involved with Paulie Walters, the son of the couple she shot, an artist and covert CIA agent whose expertise and contacts in espionage prove valuable when he and Kate uncover a conspiracy to kidnap a major diplomat at the conference. The ante escalates considerably when the U.S. president makes a surprise appearance at the conference and is taken hostage by Logefeld, who intends to use the chief executive as a bargaining chip in his gamble for peace. Weaver's use of duplicity to generate tension is inventive yet controlled, but the idea that Paulie remains in love with the woman he learns killed his parents is hard to swallow. That major glitch aside, this is a professionally done, middle-brow thriller that will edify few but entertain many. Simultaneous Time Warner audio. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Weaver left no question about his King Kong status among thriller writers with his first two novels e.g., Deception, LJ 3/1/95. In this latest, an endangered U.S. president, taken hostage by crazies at an international conference on human rights, is aided by a journalist and an intelligence agent.
Kirkus Reviews
A labyrinthine and loopy sequel to the pseudonymous Weaver's Deceptions (1995): Here, a hunky young painter who freelances for the CIA in Europe falls deeply in love with the idealistic journalist responsible for the murder of his parents.

Having completed an undercover mission in Serbia, Paulie Walters comes home to the family villa overlooking the Bay of Naples to find the bodies of his mother and father (a sometime hit man for the American Mafia and US government). The two were inadvertently shot to death by Kate Dinneson, who had crept into the couple's bedroom of a summer's eve to query them about the circumstances in which Walters père had gunned down her ultradical parents some two decades earlier. Time heals all wounds, however, and Paulie has no real problem forgiving luscious Kate her trespasses. Concurrently, the wider world's great and good have booked a conference on human rights into Wannsee, the Berlin venue where Hitler's henchmen planned the Holocaust. For base political reasons, US President Jimmy Dunster resolves to make a surprise appearance at the high-profile meeting—as does aging, guilt-ridden radical Klaus Logefeld (a professor at the University of Rome), who makes America's chief executive his hostage. Meanwhile, another assassin, working at the behest of the evil Vice President, bombs the site; the President survives, and Logefeld (who falls into an old sub-basement, where he dies) appears to have escaped. This suspicion is confirmed when Nicholas Vorelli, an ingratiating opportunist, assumes the dead man's mantle and demands a $100 million ransom, threatening further explosions. Following a demonstration blast, the money is delivered via credulous Kate, who believes Vorelli shares her utopian values. When it becomes clear he does not, the lethal young woman—with the help of an unaccountably besotted Paulie—takes matters into her own hands. . . .

Far-fetched twaddle, in deadly earnest but notably lacking sympathetic characters, sophisticated dialogue, and suspense.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446605267
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/9/2009
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.04 (d)

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