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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (March 27 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307360865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307360861
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J. Bazzett on Nov. 21 2012
Format: Hardcover
Holy crap, this book is a page-turner!

There, that's my unfiltered and unsophisticated first impression of Linden MacIntyre's latest novel. Because I just finished reading it this morning. I had about fifty pages left to read when I got up and could literally not put it down. WHY MEN LIE is MacIntyre's third novel in what is (so far, at least) a trilogy about three core families from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The author, who is a distinguished broadcast journalist for CBC, grew up in that part of Canada and obviously knows it - and its people - very well. That much was evident in the first two novels, Long Stretch and The Bishop's Man, as well as in a very evocative memoir, Causeway.

The three Cape Breton families, two named Gillis and one named MacAskill, all provide central characters in the three novels, although the central character changes in each book. Cousins John and Sextus Gillis are foremost in THE LONG STRETCH. A priest, Father Duncan MacAskill is central to THE BISHOP'S MAN; and his sister, Faye "Effie" MacAskill-Gillis, takes center stage in this newest book, WHY MEN LIE.

Ol' Sir Walter Scott had it right when he wrote "Oh what a tangled web we weave/When first we practise to deceive." And, while there certainly is a web of lies and half-truths throughout WHY MEN LIE, I'm not entirely sure if that particular question, if it indeed is a question, is ever answered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lois Vanderlinden on Feb. 17 2014
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Don't expect a clear cut answer to this question. This is the third book that Lynden MacIntyre wrote about characters that share a past from Cape Breton, near the Causeway. It is from the viewpoint of Effie who had long since left Cape Breton, is middle aged, and lives in Toronto, has a successful career but her personal life is another matter. The books traces her main relationships and her connections with Cape Breton. The title could also read: "Why People Lie". The answer to this seemingly rhetorical question is significant as motive matters, That determines where we go from here and whether forgiveness is possible. The title also has a two fold meaning in this book that surfaces but I will provide no spoilers here. I enjoy MacIntryre's writing style and it's an easy read with some intrigue mixed in. I would highly recommend reading the other two books of the trilogy: "The Long Stretch" and "The Bishop's Man".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 17 2013
Format: Hardcover
Book 3, in the Cape Breton Trilogy

“Why Men Lie”, the last volume in the trilogy is actually an extension to “The Bishop’s Man” (book 2) where Priest Duncan MacAskill , known as the “fixer” was the center figure. This latest features Effie MacAskill- Gillis, Duncan’s sister, as the main player and is set mostly in Toronto and in Cape Breton during the late 1990’s. The story follows further the community and the family saga we have come to know in the previous installments. The central theme in “Why men Lie” is impotence: physical, mental, intellectual as well as sexual and revolves around lies and deception.

Narrated in the third person from Effie’s perspective, the novel chronicles the journey of a middle-aged woman and a highly regarded Celtic scholar making her way into the world of men that has populated her life.

I join those who have mixed feelings about this book. In one hand, this is undeniably a complex, well-crafted novel with excellent prose but on the other hand the plot missed to deliver intrigue successfully. IMO the novel resonates more as a domestic fiction with ever changing series of flashbacks to anything else. Mr. MacIntyre is a master in dialogue and the characters definitely talk a lot, in fact they ramble quite freely, at times in Gaelic. This is a very slow moving story that highlights the author’s love for the east coast and it takes him a long time to make a point. In reality it gave me time to pause and mull over the question “Why men Lie?”……In the book women lie as much……( is that so :))

This novel is interesting in many ways but it was just missing that captivating quality to be invested deeply into it or compelled to keep turning the pages at rapid pace. “Why Men Lie” is definitely not as great as its predecessor “The Bishop Man” but nevertheless worth spending time with.
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WHY MEN LIE
The Bishop’s man’s sister Effie finds herself embroiled in a fifties something love affair with one of the most complicated if not insidiously creepy men to lurk about the pages of contemporary English fiction today. JC nicknamed ‘Jesus’ Campbell is a world weary journalist obsessed with the upcoming execution of a man he’s befriended in a Texas (where no one gets a pardon) prison. If that isn’t enough to deal with in a new lover, a Toronto prostitution ring, overtures of the IRA, long ago memories of family abuse (or is it) past husbands (one unrelenting), weddings, births and a liturgical brother with his own issues makes for a tense, page turner family turmoil relationship thriller. Yes.

No doubt this book is a thriller in a way unlike many others, best read with a couple of shots of single malt and some Cape Breton music lulling in the background. This book is for everyone but whether it answers the question, if indeed there is a question, you’ll have to read it, and quickly you will, to find out why men lie or perhaps why women believe.
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