Life was so simple for Luna Susan George on Monday. Her older brother, Sam, was away on his honeymoon, and as his only employee of "Leslie S. George, Private Investigations," Susan had the office to herself. Yes, Monday was so simple, but then came Tuesday, and that "One Little Lie."
Tuesday made Susan's life complicated when a perky twenty-something young woman wearing a pink baseball cap, with an appointment for a dental cleaning down the hall, stumbled into the office to seek a private investigator to find the missing cat of her multi-millionaire employer.
What comes next are twelve days discovering millions of dollars worth of stolen art, an assortment of oddball characters, and the involvement of the entire Los Angeles Art Fraud Unit.
Steven Tyler is the author of a dozen screenplays for the movie industry which are in various stages of production. "One Little Lie" is his second novel. He is hard at work on the third. His third tale is the story of a ghostwriter who meets a real ghost.
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|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One Little Lie reinforces my strong belief that screenwriters make the best novelists! It's the mix of story and character, plus the lean prose style and dialogue, I think, that make novels by screenwriters such a joy to read. In this case, writer Steven Tyler has mastered the Chandler/Hammett detective novel and enjoys playing with it hilariously and respectfully. (Reminded me a little of the Roger L. Simon books—The Big Fix, for one.) Because of "one little lie," Art History major Luna George finds herself in a Beverly Hills mansion searching for a dog named Henri. It turns out Luna is actually very well-equipped to be a dog-detective (to her surprise), and it's her first-person observations that are a delight to read, and prove effective at discovering a far larger mystery than a single missing pooch. Turns out Art History is the perfect background in the case. I loved the use of lists to pinpoint her key thoughts—you'll see—it's a great device. And the dialogue sparkles and the running gags are top-of-the-line. It turns out Luna's a serial liar like nobody's business, but you probably guessed that already. Lying Luna's a great character and the lineup of other characters she confronts in her sleuthing are equally as quirky and interesting. She muses on how cell-phones and the internet have changed detective work, and honestly, this is the first mystery I've read that really incorporates the way we gather information today. Which is to say the book is about 20 IQ points above average—lots of pretty sophisticated references here (which I got...like totally), especially if you're hip to the Westside LA "scene" (again, like me!) Well worth the time. And oh yeah, if you're into art, and art theft and forgery, you'll love it even more. The main character's ripe for a continuing series—hopefully there will be more.