Monday, January 4, 2016

3 Truths and A Lie ~ Lisa Gardner (earc) review [@LisaGardnerBks @DuttonBooks]

Three Truths and a Lie (Detective D.D. Warren #7.5)
Dutton
January 5, 2016
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Boston Detective D.D. Warren faces her most brutal adversaries yet—a class of jaded thriller writers—in New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner’s exclusive e-Book short story

In Lisa Gardner's second short story, after the New York Times bestseller The 7th Month, Detective D.D. Warren takes on her most intimidating assignment yet: a fifty-minute class meant to educate a horde of bloodthirsty thriller writers on the ways of actual police work. Yet sometimes life really does imitate fiction, as D.D. takes the writers through the reality of one of her most twisted cases—a case that involves a seedy motel room, drugs, prostitution . . . and a severed leg.

With Gardner’s trademark suspense, sharp observations, and thrilling storytelling, Three Truths and a Lie is a fascinating chapter in D.D.’s storied career. Includes an early look at Lisa Gardner’s next novel of suspense, Find Her, coming February 9, 2016.
Speaking to a classroom full of thriller writers on police procedure is not exactly Detective D.D. Warren's dream afternoon. She is there at all because Alex is leading his own class. Only, blood spatter, she knows, is going to be so much more appealing to everyone than proper procedure. They are fiction writers after all.

Needing to keep everyone's attention - and keep them awake - D.D. decides to go with one of her more bizarre cases.  As she tells them of the case (involving a severed leg) readers get to experience an abbreviated D.D. Warren story.The mix of D.D. telling the story and the class of writers trying to guess the detectives next move and solve the case, keeps the story exciting. It is a fun combination of what was actually done and what thriller writers might expect or want to happen.

Stories like this one - that pull in some real life thriller writers (which, let's not forget author Lisa Gardner is) into the story and poke fun at the (fictional) detective's view of how those writers view her job - can really be a lot of fun. There is the recognition of some fellow authors, the admission of the difference between exciting, thrilling fictional investigations and the, often, much slower less exciting real life police work.

Even better, the short story is not all that is offered in 3 Truths and a Lie. We also get the first two chapters of the next, full length D.D. Warren story Find Her (out February 9th).

3 Truths and a Lie is a wonderful mix of a smart, even funny short story and a preview of the upcoming novel.




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