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Tell No Lies
     

Tell No Lies

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by Julie Compton
 

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In Compton�s "taut, tense, cautionary tale" (Kirkus, starred review) TELL NO LIES, a volatile attraction forces a successful family man to confront the limits of trust and the pitfalls of desire.

Idealistic St. Louis prosecutor Jack Hilliard appears to have it all: intelligence, good looks, a great job, and a solid marriage with his wife, Claire. But he finds

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In Compton�s "taut, tense, cautionary tale" (Kirkus, starred review) TELL NO LIES, a volatile attraction forces a successful family man to confront the limits of trust and the pitfalls of desire.

Idealistic St. Louis prosecutor Jack Hilliard appears to have it all: intelligence, good looks, a great job, and a solid marriage with his wife, Claire. But he finds himself at a crossroads when, on the same night his boss announces his resignation as DA, his simmering flirtation with his mysterious lawyer friend Jenny bubbles to the surface.

Jack soon learns how easy it is to compromise his values and comfortable life for ambition and desire. Despite Claire's counsel to stand by his beliefs, Jack misrepresents his position on the death penalty to secure the top spot at the District Attorney's office. As the pressures of the campaign mount, he struggles to deny his growing obsession with Jenny, who supports his ambitions at whatever cost. When Jenny becomes the main suspect in a shocking murder, and Jack is the only one who can prove her innocence, he faces an excruciating choice: save Jenny by speaking out, or save his marriage and career by remaining silent.

Part Scott Turow, part Jodi Picoult, TELL NO LIES is a heated and suspenseful tale ripped from the headlines�about a conflicted man simultaneously seduced by a dream job and a tempting woman, about the relationships we forge and those we destroy, despite our good intentions.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews - Staff Reviewer
(Starred Review) �Compton�s debut is a taut, tense cautionary tale complete with courtroom drama and a surprise ending."
Guardian - staff. reviewer.
Tell No Lies is �an absorbing account of an honourable man gradually yielding to multiple temptations,� and �a strong debut from a writer who knows her law, and more importantly, can depict the ebb and flow of relationships, the conflict between love and desire and the irresistible urge to self-destruct of a �man who has everything�.�
South Florida Sun-Sentinel - Oline Cogdill
"Compton proves she has real storytelling skills. Tell No Lies' final twist is as stunning as that classic surprise in Scott Turow's Presumed Innocent."
Fort Myers News-Press - Jay MacDonald
"Tell No Lies bears comparison to Turow's landmark 1987 debut, which has launched numerous imitations if few equals. The prose is solid, the plotting assured, and the characters believable. There's even a marvelous surprise ending."
Orlando Magazine - Jay Boyar
"A remarkably lucid writer . . . Verdict: Suspenseful and genuinely sexy."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016570563
Publisher:
Fresh Fork Publishing
Publication date:
12/28/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
358
Sales rank:
405,915
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Julie Compton is the internationally published author of TELL NO LIES, a legal thriller set in her original hometown of St. Louis; RESCUING OLIVIA, a romantic, contemporary thriller set in Florida; and KEEP NO SECRETS, the sequel to TELL NO LIES. Her novels combine the suspense of thrillers with the drama of human relationships. An attorney by profession, she now writes full-time from her home in Central Florida. Visit julie-compton.com to read the first chapters of her novels and for more info.

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Tell No Lies 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
SoDak65 More than 1 year ago
Throughout the book, we are subjected to the hero's every waking thought. That made the book very boring, and typical of female authors. Male readers want a little action, and not continuous feelings.
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Now Kids, never Tell Lies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unique story. Can't wait to read book 2!
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dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Jack Hilliard is the fair-haired boy of the St. Louis DA's office and with the imminent retirement of his boss is on the fast track to become his successor. With the perfect family he's living the charmed life, but soon that dream existence becomes a nightmare and as he spirals downward he wonders if he will ever see the light again. It's a rare author who's words on a page can deliver such intense emotional feelings in her readers. And that's exactly what you'll find in Julie Compton's debut novel Tell No Lies published in 2008. Julie gives us a realistic story line with her politico/legal drama. Her dialogue is vivid and witty interspersed with dramatic court-room legalese, dialogue so intense you will find yourself exhibiting the same emotions as the characters in this prosecutory emotionally charged novel. And oh my, her characters, they are wonderful, interesting, realistic and three dimensional. They make the story and as she introduces us to each one it becomes obvious as their importance in the telling of the tale, especially her charismatic protagonist Jack as this story is mostly his. Her scenes are described with such precision that you can easily imagine yourself a fly on the wall. There are some love scenes that she handles with dignity and raw emotion. If you love great fiction, awesome storytelling, brilliant dialogue and phenomenal characters I think this novel will fit the bill. If you're a fan of court-room or crime drama, this is it. If you love literary fiction it's here too. If you just want to escape in some one else's make believe troubles and wallow in their dilemmas this is what you want. Be sure to check out Julie's brand new novel Rescuing Olivia.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Fellow ITW Debut Author, Julie Compton, begins her writing career in fine style with a fast moving, quick read. What begins as an innocent kiss, takes a turn with deep reaching consequences. Without giving the story away, I'll say that the story's protagonist, Jack, is in for a soul searching ride. Torn between two options ¿ both damaging and potentially devistating to his career and family ¿ he will let his conscience guide his actions. A good solid read with authentic courtroom action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was the wordt book ever.it sucked.spoiler alert the girl dies
Booker01 More than 1 year ago
The main character, Jack, is someone we can all relate to on some level in that he strives to be a good person by doing what's "right" in a world that does not always reward such behavior.

Jack's attempts to make "good" decisions while struggling to come to terms and deal with life's daily demands of job and family, pressures to compromise personal beliefs in order to succeed, and a unavoidable physical tempatation(a hottie at work Jack lusts after - great sexual tension scenes) makes for a very intriguing character. Add in the plot involving a murder mystery with a twist and you get one of my favorite books this year.

I found myself admiring, hating, and feeling sorry for Jack all in the same book. We discussed at my book club and it was interesting how readers either end up hating or loving Jack - no one in between.

Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminds me of a book called six grade secrets in which there is a girl and she starts a secret club and the only way you can get into ths club is if you have a write of passage and the only way you can get that passage is if you have a tribute. Anyway there was a girl the leader of the club who actully never told a lie not even once and she was cute. But there were people that were well what should i say jelous of her because of her beauty and the club was called pig city. Now let me tell all of you ladies out a story i am 13 years old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On the nook, can u please make a chat room option so we can chat w/out distracting costumers. I wanna chat with my friends w/out distracting or using the book review areas.