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Sigmund Brouwer
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Sept. 15 2003 A Nick Barrett Mystery
The apparent suicide of a young cadet at the Citadel leads Nick Barrett back two decades to the disappearance of a South Carolina beauty pageant queen. Beneath the glittering exterior of the elite of Charleston lies a century-old conspiracy that will endanger Nick's life and the people he loves most. Ironically, it's the sinister past that holds lessons about the strength and importance of faith.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars...Winds Tighter and Tighter Oct. 2 2003
Format:Paperback
As to be expected in the Nick Barrett mysteries, Brouwer offers up another atmospheric tale with tight plotting, intriguing characters, and a surprise or two or three.
Nick is now the guardian of two girls, still a friend of two quirky and downright funny elderly women, and a man of mystery. His own past has been put to rest--not many personal struggles in this book--but the past of Charleston and its secret societies has reared its ugly head. When bodies are discovered beneath an old Freemason lodge, questions are asked. Soon, Nick is chasing after the story of one man in particular--a man who lost his life in a hazing incident at the Citadel. The chase leads him to Nevada and Illinois, but the primary story revolves around Charleston itself.
I've heard some complain that these books start too slow, but this installment provides a great hook in the prologue to help get us going. Whereas some authors promise the world, then fail to deliver in the end, Brouwer winds his stories tighter and tighter so that the ending surpasses your expectations of early on.
If you love well told mysteries (Christian or otherwise), then this is one series that should be required.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating investigative thriller Sept. 15 2003
Format:Paperback
In Charleston, Nick Barnett grew up as an outsider in a wealthy family. His father died in Viet Nam while his mother gave birth to him long after nine months had passed since her husband left for Southeast Asia. When he was ten his mother deserted him. Years later he learned who his biological father was and inherited a fortune.
His friend, private investigator Kellie Mixson lies in a hospital recovering from a nasty car accident. A Chicago client subcontracted sleuthing work to her, but wants to end the deal since she is out of commission. However, Kellie says her partner Nick will find out what happened twenty-five years ago to Victoria Sebastian, who vanished along with her infant daughter. Nick, who just became Kellie's partner, finds a link to the "suicide" of first year Citadel student Anson Affron who killed himself several years ago.
THE LIES OF SAINTS is a strong investigative thriller that conspiracy buffs will fully appreciate. The story line employs three subplots that ultimately tie together through Nick's investigation into incidents that are a couple of decades old. His precocious two young wards enable the reader to see deep inside the core essence of Nick as much as his historical asides into his past does. The involvement of the kids keep the plot moving unlike Nick's muses that disrupt the flow. Of interest is the reason why Anson took his life as he refused to bow down to anyone showing the courage of his convictions in the Savior. Sigmund Brouwer provides a powerful tale that will send readers looking for previous appearances by Nick and company.
Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bodies Jan. 6 2004
By gdn073
Format:Paperback
A serious car accident lands Nick Barretts private detective friend in hospital so she enlists him to help dig up the truth behind the disappearance of a beauty queen years before for a mystery client. Bodies are discovered beneath the Charleston Freemason Lodge and the local police aren't talking about it. A military academy students suicide is a closed case, or is it?
Once again Nick is sent on a wild, dangerous ride as a somewhat reluctant private eye/hero. The pace never wavers in this page-turner. I love this series, every single book is worth the read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Jan. 3 2004
Format:Paperback
This was an excellent book! Though it's part of a series of Nick Barrett mysteries I had no experience with the author's previous work and jumped right in with no problems. It's a good story, with plenty of surprises and a very good plot. I choose the novel because I was looking for an engaging and well written Christian book. This completely fits that description. It's a Christian novel without being preachy and stereotypical. Readers looking for a religious tone or just a really good mystery will enjoy this one.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars...Winds Tighter and Tighter Oct. 2 2003
By Eric Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As to be expected in the Nick Barrett mysteries, Brouwer offers up another atmospheric tale with tight plotting, intriguing characters, and a surprise or two or three.
Nick is now the guardian of two girls, still a friend of two quirky and downright funny elderly women, and a man of mystery. His own past has been put to rest--not many personal struggles in this book--but the past of Charleston and its secret societies has reared its ugly head. When bodies are discovered beneath an old Freemason lodge, questions are asked. Soon, Nick is chasing after the story of one man in particular--a man who lost his life in a hazing incident at the Citadel. The chase leads him to Nevada and Illinois, but the primary story revolves around Charleston itself.
I've heard some complain that these books start too slow, but this installment provides a great hook in the prologue to help get us going. Whereas some authors promise the world, then fail to deliver in the end, Brouwer winds his stories tighter and tighter so that the ending surpasses your expectations of early on.
If you love well told mysteries (Christian or otherwise), then this is one series that should be required.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating investigative thriller Sept. 15 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In Charleston, Nick Barnett grew up as an outsider in a wealthy family. His father died in Viet Nam while his mother gave birth to him long after nine months had passed since her husband left for Southeast Asia. When he was ten his mother deserted him. Years later he learned who his biological father was and inherited a fortune.
His friend, private investigator Kellie Mixson lies in a hospital recovering from a nasty car accident. A Chicago client subcontracted sleuthing work to her, but wants to end the deal since she is out of commission. However, Kellie says her partner Nick will find out what happened twenty-five years ago to Victoria Sebastian, who vanished along with her infant daughter. Nick, who just became Kellie's partner, finds a link to the "suicide" of first year Citadel student Anson Affron who killed himself several years ago.
THE LIES OF SAINTS is a strong investigative thriller that conspiracy buffs will fully appreciate. The story line employs three subplots that ultimately tie together through Nick's investigation into incidents that are a couple of decades old. His precocious two young wards enable the reader to see deep inside the core essence of Nick as much as his historical asides into his past does. The involvement of the kids keep the plot moving unlike Nick's muses that disrupt the flow. Of interest is the reason why Anson took his life as he refused to bow down to anyone showing the courage of his convictions in the Savior. Sigmund Brouwer provides a powerful tale that will send readers looking for previous appearances by Nick and company.
Harriet Klausner
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bodies Jan. 6 2004
By gdn073 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A serious car accident lands Nick Barretts private detective friend in hospital so she enlists him to help dig up the truth behind the disappearance of a beauty queen years before for a mystery client. Bodies are discovered beneath the Charleston Freemason Lodge and the local police aren't talking about it. A military academy students suicide is a closed case, or is it?
Once again Nick is sent on a wild, dangerous ride as a somewhat reluctant private eye/hero. The pace never wavers in this page-turner. I love this series, every single book is worth the read
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Jan. 3 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was an excellent book! Though it's part of a series of Nick Barrett mysteries I had no experience with the author's previous work and jumped right in with no problems. It's a good story, with plenty of surprises and a very good plot. I choose the novel because I was looking for an engaging and well written Christian book. This completely fits that description. It's a Christian novel without being preachy and stereotypical. Readers looking for a religious tone or just a really good mystery will enjoy this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Learning How To Die Feb. 24 2011
By Wolfe Moffat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Sigmund Brouwer knows how to write a great mystery, and his Nick Barrett novels have always kept my attention. "Out of the Shadows" had to be my favorite out of all three of these, and "The Lies of Saints" came pretty close. Brouwer starts this out at a slow pace, yet clod-hopping along just enough to keep the reader's attention to keep going. The pay-off is worth it in the end.

For the third time we are reunited with Nick Barrett. And this time it has to do with a former beauty queen. But as Nick begins to dig, he realizes he has to go a little deeper, which is no surprise when dealing with Nick Barrett. Soon we are introduced to an incident at the legendary Citadel, where hazing leads to suicide. With a journal, Nick takes his quest, and puts his life on the line.

This was really good, and Brouwer stuck with his faith in an everlasting God. It is always refreshing that he puts things in perspective, while telling a great story. This can almost be a lesson in learning how to die. Sounds scary, huh? Well, not if your soul is secured with a faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. So, despite a slow beginning, Brouwer reminds me why I appreciate him so much! And with authors like him telling it like it is, I'm going to be back for more. Guaranteed!
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