Publication Date: 1997
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 0060391472 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 # 007205
Synopsis: "A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing." -- Albert Camus
"I suppose every hundred million dollars has its own sordid story and the hundred million I am chasing is no exception..." So begins Veritas, William Lashner's riveting follow-up to his bestselling debut novel, Hostile Witness. Victor Carl--lawyer, loser, hapless hero of Hostile Witness, and a Philadelphian way out of his element--has come to the sweat-drenched jungles of Berize to chase his fortune. Finding it is something else entirely.
Coerced into defending an unpleasant parade of mob enforcers, two-bit hoods, and other Philadelphian riffraff, Carl wants out of his shabby, squalid life more than ever. So when a terrified young woman offers Carl an unusual--but substantial--proposition, he leaps at the opportunity to trade in his grubby existence for a life of wealthy excess.
The job--proving that the recent suicide of wealthy Philadelphian heiress Jacqueline Shaw was not a suicide at all but murder--plunges Carl into an eerie shadow world, where events buried deep in the past exert an awful weight in the present, a world of overturned gravesites, gruesome secrets, and a haunted, lonely estate that houses the broken and dying heirs of a once-powerful family.
Simultaneously caught up in an exploding mob war and the machinations of an avaricious cult, Carl realizes too late that he's in way over his head, as he races against time to collect his fee and get out alive. As Carl edges closer to the truth, a truth that is concealed in the mists of a bygone era and now awaits him in the rainforests of Belize, he learns firsthand that the most terrifying darkness crouches not in the heart of the jungle surrounding him but in the deepest yearnings of the human soul.
Review: In Bitter Truth (previously published Veritas), William Lashner's hero, Victor Carl (last seen in Hostile Witness), is a Philadelphia lawyer who loves money as much as justice and has contacts with people of the mob persuasion. Victor's ancestors include Elmore Leonard and John Grisham. What makes him such an engaging companion is how he manages to turn all his character flaws into assets, as he looks into the murder of a very rich, very social woman and finds that there are all kinds of secret truths buried on the grounds of an old family mansion called Veritas.
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