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The Answer Man Johansen, Roy

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ISBN 10: 0553581910 / ISBN 13: 9780553581911
Condition: Collectible; Good Soft cover
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**NOTE*** Unabridged AUDIO BOOK read by George Wilson. X-lib in clamshell case with typical markings. All 7 tapes (9 3/4 hours) tested good. Mass Market Paperback Feb 27, 2001. Bookseller Inventory # 0507A667450

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Title: The Answer Man Johansen, Roy

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Collectible; Good

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The search for truth is no match for the power of temptation.

They call him the Answer Man. As a lie detector operator, he's an expert in the science of truth and the art of lies -- and both are coming in handy.

Because Ken Parker is in a bad way. His business isn't making enough to support him and his sick brother. The repo men are after his MG, and an eviction notice has been nailed to his door.

Then Myth Daniels, a slick and beautiful lawyer, offers him a deal: Teach her client how to beat the polygraph machine and he'll get $50,000 in cash. But Ken -- more than anyone -- should know the price of dishonesty. As he's drawn deeper into an explosive game of greed and violence, the question will be how to stay alive.

And this time, not even the Answer Man knows.


If Roy Johansen's first thriller has a definite cinematic flair, it's no big surprise: he's a successful screenwriter. But there's a lot more than visual movement to recommend this exciting and original novel--beginning with a hero with an entirely new occupation. Atlanta-based Ken Parker runs a polygraph service, administering lie-detector tests to felons. And it's no lie that his own life is a mess of bad debts and failed responsibilities. So when a gorgeous lawyer named Myth Daniels and her client Burton Sabini offer Parker a much-needed $50,000 to help Burton pass an upcoming polygraph test, Parker hesitates for only a heartbeat before accepting. But his luck continues to run cold: a man whose life was ruined by a faulty polygraph reading attacks him. This man then winds up dead, closely followed by Burton Sabini. Not surprisingly, Parker fits the frame for both murders. The only person who believes he didn't do it is a marvelous creation called Hound Dog, a 21-year-old woman who photographs crime scenes. She and Parker have the kind of offbeat energy and instant credibility that get you over a couple of rough spots in Johansen's quirky and compulsively readable fiction debut. --Dick Adler

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