The Lie: A Novel by the Author of Impulseby Michael Weaver, Edward Herrmann
The acclaimed author of Impulse and Deceptions now unleashes his powerful imagination on the international stage, weaving a shimmering tapestry of suspense from a single, resonant question: How far are you willing to go to achieve world peace? The agenda is ambitious: eliminating the mass murder in the name of ethnic cleansing now raging all over Africa. The place is propitious: the town of Wannsee, Germany, where Hitler's inner circle once planned the extermination of six million Jews. The conference is historic. It is also a lie. Here, linked more than either suspects by both of their violent family histories, two lovers will defy the fate that has consigned them as mortal enemies. One is Paul Walters, formerly a contract killer for the CIA, now a painter of dark, compelling brilliance, still expert in the arts of subterfuge and destruction. The other is Kate Dinneson, a rising star in the world of journalism whose unfolding personal drama will prove more explosive than any story she will ever write. Together, they will join forces against a vast conspiracy of duplicity and death even more treacherous than the deceptions each must continue to play against the other.
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 meetingas 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 womanwith the help of an unaccountably besotted Paulietakes matters into her own hands. . . .
Far-fetched twaddle, in deadly earnest but notably lacking sympathetic characters, sophisticated dialogue, and suspense.
- Media Books, L. L. C.
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- 4.22(w) x 7.14(h) x 0.68(d)
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