Dangerous Lies

Dangerous Lies

by Lisa April Smith

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BN ID: 2940013604612
Publisher: Windgate Press
Publication date: 07/07/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
File size: 422 KB

About the Author

Lisa April Smith is the highly praised author of Dangerous Lies, Exceeding Expectations and Paradise Misplaced, all in the genre she playfully calls “Suspense with Sizzle for Discerning Readers.” Reviews for all three are consistently amazing. But perhaps one reviewer succinctly said it best: “Lisa April Smith’s books have the pace and heat of Jacqueline Susann and the style and sophistication of Dominick Dunne.”

Like other literary late bloomers, Smith grew up in a family of readers and dreamed of becoming an author. But necessity intervened and her formal education came in bits and pieces. Paying her own way college at 17, she chose to leave two years later when she moved to Boston to put her new husband through graduate school. Later, when she could steal time from raising a family, she enrolled in any class that appealed to her wide range of interests, attending any college within an hour’s drive. Eventually, she received a BA in anthropology/sociology. A few years later, after attaining a degree in computer science she was hired by IBM. Ten years after that, she reluctantly left the company when she and her husband moved to Jupiter, Florida. Too young to retire, the yearning to write awakened and life for Smith forever changed. Combining corporate discipline, life experience and long suppressed creativity, characters and stories poured out.

Malcolm Gladwell, in his 2008 article in The New Yorker asks “Why do we equate genius with precocity?” in his article “Late Bloomers” Gladwell says, “The Cézannes of the world bloom late not as a result of some defect in character, or distraction, or lack of ambition, but because the kind of creativity that proceeds through trial and error necessarily takes a long time to come to fruition.” Famous late blooming authors include: Henry Miller, Raymond Chandler, Joseph Conrad, Flora Thompson, Mary Wesley, Marquis de Sade and Laura Ingalls Wilder, who published her first book in her mid-sixties.

In addition to writing, Lisa and her husband support the community they’ve grown to love in a number of ways. As a sought-after speaker Lisa has a hard time refusing any non-profit organization when invited to share her wry wit with enthusiastic audiences. This fall, she will be teaching a course on writing at the Academy for Continuing Education.

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Dangerous Lies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Humbee More than 1 year ago
Lisa Smith has the imagination and "the stuff" it takes to put down on paper what it is that makes mafia kingpins and their women breathe. This is the closest novel I've read to Mario Puzo's "Godfather" in decades, and it is the absolute best by any woman writer in so many years, I can promise you that. What a non-stop wonder of a book this one is. The gangsters are so beautifully imagined, you could reach out and kiss them. I've seen those Sicilian, handsome blue-eyed, tall, dark-haired men so I know what Lisa's talking about... Dangerous, and gorgeous doesn't make for good bed partners all the time; however, so Ms Smith tells us the dark side of the truth about mad men and the women who love them. It's a story that will demand your full attention. It's a story that won't allow you to look away, and it's one that will cause you to laugh and cry right to the last sentence. That last sentence, by the way, had me crying and not wanting the story to end. As a writer, Lisa is clear and engaging. Her ability to draw believable, strong characters with whom it's easy to become attached is far above the stripe of fellow authors who are self-publishing. I was completely involved with her protagonist, Tina, and could easily relate to her life. It was also quite easy to understand the "other side" of a mobster's life in Ms Smith's very deft hands. She writes with a skill for characterization that makes this a novel so addictive to read. I couldn't stop reading it. I was reading so fast my eyes were just swimming. In addition to the well-spring of knowledge and story interest through her characters, Lisa Smith's book has intelligence and a full-bodiedness. It's such a pleasure to read a novel that tells of the majestic things in life: literature, arts, fine dining restaurants of NYC, architecture, foods and wines, antiques, music and glittering landscapes. I know she could only have written about some of these things because she's experienced them. I have to admit to being a horrible book snob, and while I agree to "trying out" several indie or authors' requested books per year, I only agree to reading a few pages of them to determine if I'll read the whole book. Frankly, I don't want to waste my time if they aren't books that are well written or engaging, or that I can't recommend. This started out as a book I promised just to "try." I'm so glad I did. "Dangerous Lies" happens to be one of the best finds of this year! It's one of those books I always hope to find. One of those books that comes along once in a while that makes reading these type of books; those not published by a big publishing house, worthwhile. I'm so delighted to help bring it to your attention.
Danielle_ChaosnCoffee More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the heroine of this novel immensely. She had a fascinating story. I've always love reading about the mob world (because organized crime fascinates me?) and her story was so involved. I also loved seeing her find a way to fight back against the people who hurt her by testifying. The novel is broken up into many small chapters and, after an initial courtroom scene featuring Tina Davis as the primary witness, we begin when Bettina Berenson was a child. Alternating between scenes from Tina's chilhood we get a glimpse of the world that Jake Stern (prosecuting attorney) grew up in. When the novel catches up with itself we get to know Jake a little better. He is a passionate attorney working for the State of New York and his big case of the moement features Tina as the star witness. I never grew to love Jake. He was an unlikely hero and even in the moments when I thought he was going to win me over he stopped just short of doing what I felt he should do. He was judgmental too. I didn't like that at all. But that is me not liking the character, not disliking the book! I don't want to spoil the ending for anyone, but I wasn't crazy about it. Not that it wasn't a fine ending, and probably the one that made the most sense, it just wasn't what I wanted to see. The book was well written and I have to say I was completely caught up in it. There were a handful of distracting typos in the book that should have been caught in the editing process, but it was a very enjoyable read. Lisa Smith is about to come out with a new book Exceeding Expectations. I hope to be able to check that one out as well! I was provided a free copy of this novel from the author for review. This in no way affected my review. All opinions and views above are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dangerous Lies is a great book for that perfect escape - beautiful people, exciting courtroom drama, mobsters... Great fun, sucks you right in. Order it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lisa Smith, author of 'Dangerous Lies' could be Ernest Hemingway and Jacky Suzanne's progeny. She has the spice and savy of Suzanne and the clarity, unique characters and style of Hemingway. Give me more!
BookishDame on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Lisa Smith knows how to pack a punch! This novel is the best I've read since "The Godfather," particularly from a woman writer, though I hate to classify it that way. She knows of what she speaks and she's got the stuff it takes to tell us about it.I loved this book and it's story of mobsters in Manhattan, the sweet and fragile young girl who inadvertantly got caught up with them, and the ultimate trial that ended it all. Not too steamy, just the right touch of mafia mystique, mob molls and staggeringly handsome Sicillian men.Throughout the book there are wonderful examples of fine arts experiences, fine dining, strange parties, mafia muscling and assorted interesting tidbits.A great experience of a book which it would be sad for you to miss!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, captivationg book but was disappointed by the abrupt ending.