Lovers and Liars

Lovers and Liars

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by Sally Beauman
     
 

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"Beauman manages to out-Krantz Judith."

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Assigned to expose the story of a lifetime, photographer Pascal Lamartine and reporter Gini Hunter penetrate the perfect facade of John Hawthorne, the charismatic U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, a man who is not what he seems. But beyond the scandalous web of deceit, betrayal, and desire they are about to

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"Beauman manages to out-Krantz Judith."

PEOPLE

Assigned to expose the story of a lifetime, photographer Pascal Lamartine and reporter Gini Hunter penetrate the perfect facade of John Hawthorne, the charismatic U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, a man who is not what he seems. But beyond the scandalous web of deceit, betrayal, and desire they are about to unmask, Gini and Pascal must confront themselves and a past they share.

Deftly woven of dark secrets and unfolding deceptions, LOVERS AND LIARS is a romantic, suspenseful journey into the mysteries of the heart, where love can sustain the soul--or twist it cruelly.

A MAIN SELECTION OF THE BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A compelling blend of romance and suspense adds zest to this ingeniously plotted, complex yarn from British writer Beauman, author of the bestselling Destiny . In 1982, American schoolgirl Gini Hunter was drawn into a brief, passionate affair with French photojournalist Pascal Lamartine while visiting her father in war-torn Beirut. Twelve years later, the estranged lovers are reunited on a London News story about salacious doings of Kennedy-esque ambassador John Hawthorne and his posh, Lady Bountiful wife Lise. Meanwhile, four mysterious, identically wrapped packages have been delivered in New York, Paris, Venice and London: to Gini, Pascal, an imbibing gossip columnist and an Oxford-educated ex-commando. Following such disparate clues as marked passages from Paradise Lost , handcuffs and prostitutes' lingerie, Gini and Pascal uncover more than strange sexual proclivities: they find links to Hawthorne's ignominious actions in Vietnam and are drawn into the resulting tangle of deceit and revenge that culminates in graphic violence. So neatly does Beauman interweave patterns of truth and trickery that virtually nothing is known for certain until practically the last page. 100,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo. (May)
Library Journal
Two former lovers, Pascal Lamartine and Gini Hunter, are drawn together in a deadly investigation of a possible scandal involving a highly placed U.S. diplomat who has presidential aspirations. As they dig deeper into the story, they uncover layer upon layer of lies and betrayals. Unsure of whom they can trust, they must come to grips with their own complex pasts in order to fully trust one another. Beauman (Dark Angel, LJ 9/1/90) twists her plot and characters again and again, keeping Pascal, Gini, and the reader guessing about the true nature of the scandal and those involved. Fast-paced and intricately plotted, this book should appeal to readers of romance and intrigue. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/94.]-Barbara E. Kemp, Library Consultant, Reston, Va.
Ilene Cooper
Beauman, who assaulted the best-seller list in 1987 with "Destiny", is almost certain to do it again. Her new novel starts out with a bang: in London, reporter Gini Hunter opens an unexpected package containing a pair of handcuffs; in Paris, Gini's former lover, French photographer Pascal Lamertine, gets his own mysterious parcel containing a silky black glove. Soon the two find themselves working together on a news story--investigating the rumors about John Hawthorne, the JFK-like American ambassador to England. Is he a sadist, a masochist, or maybe it's his wife who's the kinky one? Meanwhile, Gini and Pascal, who have not seen each other since their affair in war-torn Beirut 12 years before, must confront their own feelings while trying not to get entangled in the intricate web of passion and deceit swirling around the Hawthorne story. Unfortunately, Beauman spins the web for way too long. Most readers will be caught up for about the first two-thirds or so of the novel (just when they've invested too much to abandon it) but will then find their interest winding down as Gini and Pascal run into too many dead ends and too many dead bodies. Worse, the final chapters require more than one reading to figure out who actually done what, an arduous task after 500 pages of foreplay. Still, Beauman knows how to ladle up the requisite stew of passion, power, erotica, and evil, and with the help of an extensive ad campaign (and a 100,000-copy first printing), you can count on demand--and on weary patrons returning the book after its due date.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449908808
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/12/1994
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 9.59(h) x 2.33(d)

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Lovers and Liars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I COULD NOT PUT DOWN THIS BOOK. IT'S ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME. A LOVE STORY THAT WAS VERY DIFFICULT BUT SO WONDERFUL. AT THE SAME TIME IT EXPOSES THE ARROGANCE OF POWER, SCANDALS AND LIES AMONG OTHER THINGS, THANKS TO TWO HARD WORKING JOURNALIS WHO HAPPENED TO BE LOVERS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had a hard time putting the book down and found my lunch break was too short!