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Dangerous Lies [Kindle Edition]

Lisa April Smith
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the first line Dangerous Lies turns up the heat
“The trial had everything an ambitious prosecuting attorney could want: a solid case against a known crimelord and a seductively beautiful witness with a steamy past – ingredients guaranteed to pack a courtroom.”

With two equally fascinating protagonists:
Tina Davis, former mob mistress now witness for the prosecution, and Jake Stern, Assistant DA.
Everything about her disturbs Stern – her sultry beauty, sordid past, the way she walks, crosses her legs, the irritating admiration of the cops she worked with. Why did she risk her life to get him the evidence he needs? What else does she know that could get her killed? But Jake’s questions will go unanswered if he’s unable to keep her alive.
This page-turner will keep the reader guessing until the last page.

Editorial Reviews


"This is the closest novel I've read to Mario Puzo's "Godfather" in decades . . . one of the best finds of this year!
. . a story that won't allow you to look away, and it's one that will cause you to laugh and cry right to the last sentence."

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" . . . a thriller with just enough steam to captivate . . ."
Parkland Press
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"If Mary Higgins Clark looks over her shoulder she may see Lisa Smith following closely behind. Their books have the same ingredients . . .  page turning suspense and a plot that grabs the reader from the first page."  ". . . Smith's sly sense of humor puts the frosting on the cake." 
Spotlight Magazine

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"Seduction. Crime. Revenge. One woman's life on-the-edge . . ."
The Morning Call

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"I found this book a thrilling read." "I found myself falling asleep with my Kindle in my hands because the hour was so late, only to wake up after an hour or so of sleep to read a little more." "It was hard to end the book and say goodbye."

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"This riveting novel is fast-paced and full of intriguing characters. I found myself picking this book up every chance I got just to see how it would end."
Four Stars, Excellent    Romantic Times, Category - Mainstream Fiction.

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"The book is laced with suspense, humor, emotion and lots of twists and turns . . . racy new thriller has two unforgettable protagonists." 
Palm Beach Post

From the Back Cover

Dangerous Lies follows the lives of two characters: Jake Stern and Tina  Davis.
          After losing his parents and sister in a fire, Jake is raised by his grandparents. As he goes from being a traumatized boy to exceptional student-athlete and finally to ambitious Assistant DA, Jake learns to hide a crippling fear behind a stony mask.
            Until she's thirteen, Bettina (Tina) Berenson is a shy bookish girl rejected by both parents. But her life radically changes when her father starts taking her to places that he enjoys frequenting - racetracks, prizefights, nightclubs - occasionally in the company of gangsters he admires. Reveling in the attention her striking beauty generates, he's oblivious to the potential danger to his impressionable daughter. Two years later, when he dies, Tina, a distraught lonely fifteen-year-old is easy prey for a charismatic crime-lord.   
            Fate brings Jake and Tina together for the trial of a vicious mobster: Tina, the key witness, and Jake, the prosecuting attorney, who envies her courage, is repelled by her past and is obsessed with her physical presence. But in order for her to testify, Jake has to keep her alive. Someone wants her dead.

Product Details

  • File Size: 609 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Windgate Press (July 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C5T1PS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,873 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Weekend Reading . . . April 2, 2001
By A Customer
Dangerous Lies caught me off guard. I wanted a nightstand book -- you know, something to read for five or ten minutes before going to sleep. I did not expect to be up half the night turning page after page to find out what happened next. This first-time novelist is gifted at creating suspense and sculpting her main characters: Tina is tough but vulnerable; she lacks formal education but she embodies street smarts and class. Jake is in many ways her opposite. Do they ever get together? Will Tina survive the attempts on her life? Pick up the book to find out . . . but not before the weekend, or you'll find yourself staying up way past your bedtime.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional new writer June 18, 2002
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After finishing "Dangerous Lies" by Lisa Smith, I have to say I was immensely pleased. Lisa Smith wrote a tale of suspense, heartbreak, humor and love. The story kept you wanting to turn the pages, expecting an outcome of Jake and Tina finally getting it together. The surprise ending is what I really liked. Naturally, I'm a romantic and this is "supposed" to call for happy endings. Smith knows how to do a story in style. She has great characters, well defined. She has wonderful dialogue and a great plot. For this first time author, I predict she will be writing another great novel in the near future. Lisa Smith is well on her way to becoming another famous author. Steel and Roberts may as well move over and get out of the way. Lisa Smith has style, class and a "gift" for story telling. I can't wait for her next book to be published. I recommend this book to everyone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars dangerous lies November 21, 2001
Although I generally dislike books that are told in flashback, the way this one was handled was well done, in fact, the story could hardly be told otherwise; or at least not as effectively. Tina, the heroine, was sympathetic from beginning to end, displaying grit and strength that one might not expect in this unusual mobster book. Not the down trodden dimwitted moll, she takes charge of her life in the only way she can, choosing who she allows to use her. I was disturbed by the fact that a girl as young as she would have to use her body to survive, but that is a personal nativite. Despite often grim content, the author avoided graphic violence or sex, but was still realistic, a tough task to accomplish. The second half of the book was the most rewarding. Tina's reunion with her daughter warms the heart, though her choices in the end are bittersweet, as once again she must choose between men. This author is on her way to becoming another Danielle Steele, if she can get more exposure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate danger March 8, 2001
By A Customer
I loved it! Interesting development of characters, lots of twists and turns, moderate amount of sex, danger and excitment. Dialogue was true to life experiences. Good use of characters to keep you involved with intrigue from start to finish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Lies June 26, 2002
I recently read Dangerous Lies and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was better reading than a lot of Jackie Collins books and I enjoyed the plot and the playful sex scenes. It was funky and a lot of fun. A perfect summer read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new author April 8, 2001
By A Customer
I loved this book, I just couldn't put it down. 1 chapter in and I was already telling people about it. This is the best book I have read in a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue, Romance and Surprises February 13, 2003
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced romance-mystery. Tina and Jake were believeable characters facing a compromising situation realistically. Other family members were readily identifiable as real people. Surprise twists revealed at the conclusion of the story added further enjoyment to my reading. The intrigue and steamy romance made this book a page turner. I would love to see the characters and storyline captured on screen. A sequel would be welcome as well so that we can find out what becomes of Tina and Jake.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thorougly enjoyable! February 14, 2003
I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced romance-mystery. Tina and Jake were believeable characters facing a difficult situation realistically. Other family members were easily identified with people we have met. Surprises twists through to the end were fun! The intrigue and steamy romance made the book a page turner and I would love to see the characters on the screen. Perhaps a sequel so we know what becomes of Tina and Jake?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mob's Mistress
Lisa April Smith never disappoints me. She is a woman's writer who is read by men, My son is one.
She is original with her stories and I am usually sad when the book... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Judy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 5 months ago by pauline carp
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
I am still reading it. I am enjoying the story very very much. My problem is with all the grammatical and spelling mistakes. Didn't anyone edit this before sending it out? Read more
Published 15 months ago by romance addict
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Good plot & character development. This is not the GREAT NOVEL but a very good read. Actually it could
make a good movie as it is possible to have good action scenes & some... Read more
Published on November 10, 2012 by Sharon S Fortner
4.0 out of 5 stars dangerous lies....
Thoroughly enjoyed book and recommend highly. Think most who like mysteries will also enjoy. Have since read other books by same author .
Published on September 6, 2012 by sandyss440
5.0 out of 5 stars Dngerous and Exciting!!!
This book is wonderful and it will keep you glued to every page. The heroine is Bettina Berenson, but, Bettina is not just an ordinary woman. Read more
Published on December 20, 2011 by Charla Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Dangerous Lies
As I read Dangerous Lies I had to check the author's name because I thought I was reading a great Nelson DeMille, James Patterson or Sidney Sheldon thriller. But this was better!! Read more
Published on September 1, 2011 by The Headhunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Lies
Just finished Dangerous Lies - I became so involved with the characters that I find myself thinking about them and wondering what's next. Is a sequel in the works? Read more
Published on August 19, 2002 by Susan M. Liebman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new author!
I just love discovering a new author, and Lisa Smith's Dangerous Lies was an exciting find! It had everything I love in a good read: suspense, great characters, humor, and a... Read more
Published on July 10, 2002 by Judy Goldenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars MESMERIZING
Published on July 8, 2002 by ANDREA AND LEWIS FINKEL
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More About the Author

Lisa April Smith is the highly praised author of "Dangerous Lies," "Exceeding Expectations" and "Paradise Misplaced," all in the genre she playfully calls "Suspense with Sizzle for Discerning Readers." Reviews for all three are consistently amazing. But perhaps one reviewer succinctly said it best: "Lisa April Smith's books have the pace and heat of Jacqueline Susann and the style and sophistication of Dominick Dunne."

Like other literary late bloomers, Smith grew up in a family of readers and dreamed of becoming an author. But necessity intervened and her formal education came in bits and pieces. Paying her own way college at 17, she chose to leave two years later when she moved to Boston to put her new husband through graduate school. Later, when she could steal time from raising a family, she enrolled in any class that appealed to her wide range of interests, attending any college within an hour's drive. Eventually, she received a BA in anthropology/sociology. A few years later, after attaining a degree in computer science she was hired by IBM. Ten years after that, she reluctantly left the company when she and her husband moved to Jupiter, Florida. Too young to retire, the yearning to write awakened and life for Smith forever changed. Combining corporate discipline, life experience and long suppressed creativity, characters and stories poured out.

Malcolm Gladwell, in his 2008 article in The New Yorker asks "Why do we equate genius with precocity?" in his article "Late Bloomers" Gladwell says, "The Cézannes of the world bloom late not as a result of some defect in character, or distraction, or lack of ambition, but because the kind of creativity that proceeds through trial and error necessarily takes a long time to come to fruition." Famous late blooming authors include: Henry Miller, Raymond Chandler, Joseph Conrad, Flora Thompson, Mary Wesley, Marquis de Sade and Laura Ingalls Wilder, who published her first book in her mid-sixties.

In addition to writing, Lisa and her husband support the community they've grown to love in a number of ways. As a sought-after speaker Lisa has a hard time refusing any non-profit organization when invited to share her wry wit with enthusiastic audiences. This fall, she will be teaching a course on writing at the Academy for Continuing Education at the Mandell JCC. She and He-who-wishes-to-remain-anonymous are volunteer tutors and mentors at the West Jupiter Community Group, serving at-risk students in grades K-5.

Fans impatiently awaiting Lisa's next novel won't have long to wait. Forgotten Tales of China is set to launch early in 2014. It's both new in format and genre for the author, but a logical shift considering her passion for archeology, anthropology and China. Epic in scope, it skillfully blends scientific data with Smith's acknowledged gift for storytelling.

Note to aficionados of "Clan of the Cave Bear" - Prepare to be captivated by the first two stories in "Forgotten Tales of China:" "The People," set 40,000 years ago and "Giants," set 20,000 years ago. Once hooked, you will surely savor every word of the remaining four sagas.

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