Title: The Heat of Lies
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: 2001
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 0312206046 This hardcover book is Fine, being square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by the Author on the title page without inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 006197
Synopsis: Young, beautiful, police detective Julian Palmer is growing up. Just a few years out of the New York Police Academy, she's earning her stripes fast. Julian has solved high profile murder cases, and been promoted to Lieutenant upstate Troy, New York. But her latest case has her baffled. She's tracking the killer of a respected husband and father. With no suspects, a family hungry for answers, and the press breathing down her neck, Julian is desperate and in over her head.
That's when Julian gets an unlikely visitor: her one time mentor and the first man she arrested for murder, former police Chief Winston "The Bear" Edwards. Once famed for his physical immensity and unmatched detective skills, Edwards is now a shadow of his former self. He's managed to escape a life in prison, but emerged a beaten man with no family and nowhere to turn. The only thing he has left is his brilliant police mind.
Now the one time mentor has returned to his former student, looking for a shot at redemption, and a reason for living. Despite Julian's mistrust and fear of Edwards, the young Lieutenant knows he's still a gifted detective and cautiously brings him in on this seemingly unsolvable case. Working side by side with a man who once tried to kill her, Julian gets drawn deep into the murder investigation-and into the mind of the murder victim's young daughter. The girl forces Julian to confront once again the bizarre events surrounding the decade old murder of her own father.
Taut, edgy and utterly unpredictable, THE HEAT OF LIES will shock and scare you and keep you turning the pages long into the night. Jonathan Stone is widely praised as one of today's top thriller writers. Stone knows the importance of character, the significance of nuance, and folly of cliché. This is his second, and most riveting novel.
Review: This tense, risky thriller, a second outing by the author of The Cold Truth, sets up a love- hate relationship between Julian Palmer, a police lieutenant in Troy, New York, and Winston "Bear" Edwards, the former cop who was her teacher and mentor before he tried to kill her and she testified against him in a murder trial. With the help of a good lawyer and the complicity of fellow cops who protected their former chief, Edwards beat the murder rap but served five years of hard time on a lesser charge. Now he's out of prison just as Julian finds herself at a dead end in her efforts to solve a baffling murder that's eerily reminiscent of the still unsolved slaying of her own father decades earlier.
There are no clues in the gunshot death of Frank Ryan, the current victim, but Julian takes a special interest in one of his children, with whom she fosters a personal, emotional bond. Unable to gain closure in her own tragedy, she vows to bring Ryan's killer to justice for the sake of his daughters. Then Edwards turns up, and with one glance at the murder scene he sets Julian on a new and unexplored trail, which will eventually lead to the one person she never suspected. Edwards has his own reasons for getting involved with Julian again. He believes he can solve the riddle of her father's murder. Whether it's to expiate his own guilt or prove to Julian that he's innocent of the crime she believes he committed isn't spelled out until the last page, but long before that the unlikely alliance between the tough but vulnerable Julian and the former cop who taught her everything she knows captivates the reader's interest and drives this strong, confident, and utterly engrossing mystery to its powerful conclusion. --Jane Adams
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