The Liar's Lullaby

The Liar's Lullaby

by Meg Gardiner

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The Liar's Lullaby by Meg Gardiner

When a controversial female singer is murdered during a concert, forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett fears the act was political. The polarizing pop star was also the President's ex-wife, with secrets to die for. Now, Jo finds herself in a race to extinguish the conspiracy rumor mill-before it incites a level of violence that reaches America's highest corridors of power.

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ISBN-13: 9780451233875
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Series: Jo Beckett Series , #3
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 551,598
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Meg Gardiner previously practiced law and taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Originally from Southern California, she now lives with her family in London. The Dirty Secrets Club is her first novel published in the U.S. She will be promoting The Dirty Secrets Club on a national tour this summer.

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[Meg Gardiner is] the next suspense superstar.

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Gardiner makes every one of her characters leap alive off the page, and I personally am in love with the most compelling of them all, Jo Beckett.

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The Liar's Lullaby (Jo Beckett Series #3) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first Meg Gardiner book and I found it too over the top. She seemed to be trying too hard - too quippy, too many throwaway lines, (way) too many overwrought analogies. It all felt very contrived. But I will say that she writes kick-ass, unapologetic female characters, and I liked that. I just wish she'd settle down the need to write like a radio that's constantly blaring, and write something more than a cardboard humanity into her characters. Then again, perhaps she's more interested in a formulaic style that sells than she is in writing well. That, or this is all she's got.
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rnoncology More than 1 year ago
I have really liked all of Meg Gardiner's books until I picked this one up. The beginning is good but then we get into the political arena it just lost all appeal for me. I don't like a one-sided view of any political issue and this one seemed like she was taking an approach to show a segment of our population as dangerous and lumping them all as uneducated,etc (the country music, tea partiers, gun toting etc. crowd). Hopefully she will go back to the China Lake series soon. I like the Jo Beckett character and have just purchased her new one The Nightmare Thief so I still have hope for a good read not a political agenda.
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lizzeee More than 1 year ago
Jo was just there with her sister to enjoy a concert Tina wanted to attend. What she witnessed was the aftermath of a very opportunistic murder. Leaving the stadium, Jo ran into her best friend, Lieutenant Amy Tang of the SFPD, who hired her to do a psychological profile of the victim, Tasia McFarland, the first wife of the President. Had she committed suicide, or was she murdered? Some one wants her to stop investigating. Gabe's recall to active duty is expedited; Amy's parents' import/export business is raided by ATF; Amy's boss is under scrutiny from the IRS. Jo got the message and got mad. It made her look harder and uncovered a genuine threat against the president. This is a tightly written thriller not without comic elements. One was Tina's accurate examination of Jo's motivations, and another was Jo's public payback of a ruthless and cut-throat reporter with the help of her neighbor Ferd, his pet capuchin, Mr. Peebles, and a borrowed prototype for a robotic vehicle competition, priceless.
Jenn-at-GirlsJustReading More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Meg Gardiner fan - both her Evan Delaney series and her Jo Beckett series. This is the latest installment in the latter and it does not disappoint! Being a forensic psychologist has it's caveats. It can make you a target for grieving family and psychopaths, and in a high profile case such as this, stalkers, conspiracy nuts, killers, and government intimidation. Jo must investigate this case quickly and thoroughly as she is feeling pressure from all sides to wrap things up (and everyone's pushing for a different outcome) but records are missing, interviewees are uncooperative, or unavailable, and things just aren't adding up. Gardiner's books are fast paced and detailed. Did I figure out the whodunit before Beckett? Yes, but that's because the reader is supplied with far more information than poor Jo. The fascinating part was having more pieces of the puzzle than Jo, and being able to get a hazy picture of the situation, but not being able to put all the pieces together. We need Jo's investigation to do that for us. And even with all of that, there were still twists and turns that surprised me. Gardiner, as always, also finds a way to alleviate some of the the intensity in the book by inserting levity in the form of wit, sarcasm, and in this case, revenge on a prying media hound. Though her books are parts of a series, Gardiner also makes them stand-alone accessible -especially the Beckett series- but with most series, they're more enjoyable in order. Relationships and non-plot related conflicts are left open, leading the reader into the next book.(The first book in the Evan Delaney series is China Lake. The first book in the Jo Beckett series is The Dirty Secrets Club.) Gardiner's one of the few thriller authors whose books I can never put down. I suggest you pick her up.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Country singer Tasia McFarland wants a return to the top of the charts, but even with a former pedigree connection her chances are zero. Tasia is the ex wife of the current President of the United States Robert McFarland. Combining her two failures singing and marriage into an explosive political song, Tasia makes a strong comeback to the top of the country charts. On tour, Tasia flies by helicopter to the outdoor stage; as she is lowered, a shot is fired and the singer is dead. SFPD Lieutenant Amy Tang and a friend of the victim, knows Tasia used a Colt 45, the murder weapon. She wonders if her friend committed suicide or was assassinated. She asks forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett to conduct a psychological autopsy. At the same time, radical Tom Paine on his internet site the Tree of Liberty accuses President McFarland and his supporters of murder to shut up a popular critic who knew POTUS intimately. Over the top of the Coit Tower, The Liar's Lullaby is an exciting police procedural with national implications. The story line is fast-paced as Amy and Jo investigate while Paine proves a pain to their inquiry with his conspiracy demands that the government leaders be arrested, convicted and executed. Fans will enjoy Meg Gardiner's fun taut thriller just leave the plausibility meter in the Bay. Harriet Klausner