From Publishers Weekly
Chicago lawyer Ellis's fourth thriller (after last year's Jury of One
) begins with the reported death of bestselling author Allison Pagone—the main suspect in the fatal bludgeoning of her lover, a D.C. lobbyist—and continues backward to the night of the murder. Reverse chronology is a tricky literary device that may prove too demanding for the multi-tasking listener, especially when it comes to keeping track of an elaborate plot involving not only homicide but terrorism, corruption and wheeling and dealing by several law enforcement agencies (and, as the title suggests, lots of lying). But those willing to give this well-produced audio their full attention will be rewarded by an ingeniously plotted and satisfying whodunit, stylishly rendered by Hill and his wife, Breck. Both narrators play well off of each other to give voice to this twisting tale, but the latter is particularly effective in her portrayals of the hapless Pagone, trapped in a seeminglyuntenable situation, and FBI agent Jane McCoy, who is suffering the frustration and guilt of having done the trapping.
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“Edgar-winner Ellis takes some big chances in his fourth book, and he pulls them off in grand style. The Chicago trial lawyer branches out from his previous legal thrillers into a minefield of world terrorism and misplaced family loyalties, writing not only in the present tense but working backward from the death of his lead character, author Allison Pagone, who ostensibly kills herself after getting tangled up in a terrorist plot through her lover, a lawyer whom she’s suspected of murdering…This is another impressive performance from a writer who expands his ambition and artistry from book to book.”—Publishers Weekly
“Just when you thought there was nothing new a writer could do with the mystery genre, David Ellis decided to turn the formula upside-down and, yes, backward.”—Boston Herald
“A…complex, highly intelligent thriller that burrows backward through time like Houdini explaining a trick.”—New York Times bestselling author Lee Child