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The Practice of Deceit
     

The Practice of Deceit

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by Elizabeth Benedict, Davina Porter (Narrated by), George Guidall (Narrated by)
 

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In this razor-sharp novel of marriage and divorce gone awry, Elizabeth Benedict navigates the turbulent waters of love, power, and vengeance with biting wit and penetrating insight.

When the Manhattan psychotherapist Eric Lavender meets the sexy, stylish lawyer Colleen O'Brien Golden, his bachelor life suddenly loses its long-standing appeal. Soon he moves to

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In this razor-sharp novel of marriage and divorce gone awry, Elizabeth Benedict navigates the turbulent waters of love, power, and vengeance with biting wit and penetrating insight.

When the Manhattan psychotherapist Eric Lavender meets the sexy, stylish lawyer Colleen O'Brien Golden, his bachelor life suddenly loses its long-standing appeal. Soon he moves to Scarsdale to join Colleen and finds a life of domestic bliss as a husband and father with a new baby and an adorable stepdaughter. But Eric's suburban oasis is threatened when a legal conflict of interest with Colleen turns up disturbing evidence of a hidden past.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Eric Lavender, a 40-something Manhattan therapist, transforms from hard-core bachelor to blissed-out family man then alleged felon in Benedict's new psychological thriller (after Almost). Soon after Eric falls for Colleen O'Brien Golden, strawberry blonde Scarsdale divorce lawyer and single mom, and her toddler, Zoe, an unplanned pregnancy precipitates marriage and his relocation to the suburbs, where much to his surprise, he finds contentment in domesticity. But Eric's creeping suspicions that Colleen-"with her milky breasts... and her blazing feminist ideals to help women and children suffering at the hands of so many deadbeat dads"-is not the woman she seems put an end to their idyll after a few years. The story about her first husband doesn't add up, and it turns out that her book, Your Fair Share! Women and Divorce, was ghostwritten. On top of this shaky foundation of trust, Eric and Colleen encounter a disastrous professional conflict of interest-he unwittingly takes a client whose wife has hired Colleen as her divorce lawyer. The upshot: Eric finds himself cuffed, jailed and falsely accused of molesting Zoe. This intelligently written and briskly plotted update on the femme fatale story makes an absorbing beach read. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419345074
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
08/26/2005

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Benedict is the author of Almost, which was selected as a New York Times Notable Book, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year, a Newsweek Best Fiction Book of the Year, and a Best Book of the Year by National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. She is also the author of three other novels, as well as The Joy of Writing Sex: A Guide for Fiction Writers. She lives in New York City.

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The Practice of Deceit 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in relationships, marriage, divorce, and/or human nature, don't miss this suspenseful and satisfying read. It's worth the night's sleep you might lose. Benedict is a witty, funny, and wise writer.
ILBVW More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The author's flow is very easy and just enough suspense to keep me wanting to get to bed and read more...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
First book of Benedict's that I read and it was great. It teaches you that not everything is as it seems and it makes you wonder about your own relationships. This is definitely a thought provoking book and it will keep you captivated until the end when everything unravels. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first time I've read Elizabeth Benedict, but it most certainly won't be the last. Combine superb writing, intriguing characters, and a plot loaded with twists, and you've got serious sleep deprivation. It was well worth every lost wink!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a MUST- if you're looking for a book to take to the beach (or pool or park) that isn't trash but isn't Tolstoy, this is it. I have never read Benedict before but I'll read her others now. This is great - perfect for the summer. Try it, I promise you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific novel with suspense,twists, humor and depth. The writing is excellent and held my interest throughout. The characters are nuanced and muti-dimensional. BRAVO, Ms. Benedict!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the first 57 pages of this book I thought about giving up on it. It was moving slowly and I was bored. But I decided to keep going and I am really glad that I did. I ended up flying through the rest of the book because it was so good. I would highly recommend this book. Stick through the first few chapters because the rest of the book is worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A thoughtful page-turner about marriage, divorce, and the criminal justice system, writtten with intelligenc and wit so you don't have to feel guilty about loving it. The writing is terrific.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story builds to a fine point where reality is just out of reach. The best points are on the way to the climax because you are not sure what could possibly be the outcome. There is a promise or two of a great and satisfying climax, but it falls a bit too short and too stale. While the first 2/3 of the book really captured a sense of danger, the last 1/3 was disappointing in the way it was handled, the energy of the beginning just stopped. Reader beware.