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Everything I Tell You is a Lie (a novella) [Kindle Edition]

Fingers Murphy
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Book Description

FINALIST for Spinetingler Magazine's Best Novella of 2011 Award

Praise for Fingers Murphy:

Fingers Murphy was recently named one of the Top 3 Indie Crime Authors by Crime Fiction Utopia.

Readers and reviewers call his work "poetic" "literate" "fast-paced and suspenseful" and "as good as it gets."

New York Times Bestselling author Debbi Mack wrote of his debut legal thriller: "Move over John Grisham!"

Now Fingers Murphy pushes his work in a new direction with this deceptively simple novella that explores the basic question: what drives someone to kill?

The answer, like life itself, is never as simple as it seems. As a prison psychologist and his young patient peel back layers of violence, abuse, mistrust, and missed opportunities, we see a family imploding on itself and the sometimes disastrous effect parental decisions have on children.

Killers aren't born, they're made.

This 30,000 word novella will keep you up late to finish it in one sitting, and it will stick with you long after you put it down.

Fingers Murphy is the pen name of a well-known international criminal defense attorney.


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  • File Size: 276 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006O2P2GA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, excellent story January 16, 2012
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Where to start? Where to begin? I'm not one to give away too many details about a story, or attempt to spoil anything, so I'll keep this about Mr. Fingers Murphy and his writing as much as possible. I just finished reading this a moment ago, and I'm filled with mixed emotions. The protagonist is someone that you know. It is as if he is a friend of yours sitting next to you, sharing small portions of his life. The protagonist narrates you along throughout portions of his life leading up to why he is in prison. I love how believable the story is. It is like you know this person. I could relate to a good amount of the feelings, thoughts, emotions and even some of the events in the story. Fingers Murphy has done a great job of putting this into "chunks." Fingers doesn't overwhelm you with one long dragged out story where you feel like you're collecting pieces to a never ending puzzle.

I found that he hasn't tried to show off his knowledge of words by constantly throwing out huge and even archaic words that require me to make good use of my dictionary on my Kindle every 45 seconds, the way I have seen some authors do. I feel like his style of writing levels the playing field for different levels of readers. He does an excellent job with explaining everything and telling you just what you need to know, eliminating any possible confusion. He steadily built towards an amazing climax that has left this audience wanting more.

Fingers Murphy amazed me with his writing. Everything flowed extremely well. Personally, from a writer's perspective, it makes me wonder how much time he invested writing this novella. The editing, his grammar, the length, the story--everything just seemed so perfect. It's really impressive. Fingers, you are a very talented and skilled writer. I hope to see you topping some best sellers charts in the nearby future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Told in a Great Way January 12, 2012
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And by that I mean not only the vehicle through which the story is told, the prisoner as he relates to the prison shrink, but also the incredible language skills with which Mr. Murphy is blessed. The guy can turn a phrase like no one else I know. He has a knack for picking exactly the right word at the right time almost always conveying an almost perfect image of his characters and the circumstances in which they find themselves. His other three books are very good, although $200 and a Cadillac comes up short a time or two in developing its characters, but this one is great. In fact, it's almost too good to be fiction. I find myself desperate to know just what happens after our protagonist and his father drive away from the prison. Does our hero turn his life around? Does he get his GED and go on to college? Are parts of this autobiographical? Certainly the conviction and prison time are not (Murphy's bio says he's a lawyer), but I wonder if other portions of the story may be. Life has a way of being stranger than fiction, and Murphy has the word skills to turn life into great fiction. I'm sure this is not intended to be a series, like Ollie Olsen, but it would be fascinating to know what happens to these two.

Certainly much more than just something to read while sitting in an airport wasting time waiting for planes that are always late. If the order in which his books have been "published" is the order in which they have been written, Murphy is progressing as an author, and certainly has me waiting for whatever comes next. His blog says he's putting aside the third installment of the Ollie Olsen series for the next book he wants to write. I can't wait.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Novella February 19, 2012
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This is a short, powerful read. It explores a complicated, violent relationship between a son and the only father he's ever known. There were moments when I cringed, as some of the incidents in the book were downright painful for me to read--I suppose anyone whose ever struggled to come to terms with their relationship with their parents might feel the same way. I look forward to reading more of Murphy's writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad, but gripping February 13, 2012
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I was drawn into this story by the bleak nature of it. That is not to say I enjoy reading about others' miseries. The story is one of a prisoner with a psychologist attempting to help the prisoner determine what drives and motivations propelled the prisoner to land in prison. The prisoner recalls incidence in the past that define who he became. The story also delves into how limited, but not as much how faulty, our memory is. The man is young and grew up near Seattle with his mother and step-father. Home life for him is volatile. His father tries to be a role model, but also has controlling and erratic tendencies. His mother isn't as present in the story which indicates the step-father's actions define who the young man becomes more than his mother's actions do. As a novella it is a short read, but the story is rich enough that it sticks with you. Throughout the book we wait to find out what the young man did to land in jail. It becomes obvious what his crime involves, but it is less obvious who the (other) victim is. I say other because it is hard to not feel the protagonist is also a victim at the very least of poor circumstance.

The book ends with teasers from three other Kindle books by this author. I will likely read $200 and a Cadillac and may even come back for more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read.
I think I've read all of his books and liked them all. Writing for adults who enjoy a good story, no lagging parts.
Published 16 months ago by J. Hazlett
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I read it in an afternoon. Interesting story, but nothing earth-shattering. I thought it had potential, but didn't fulfill it.
Published 17 months ago by Slade Grayson
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and Emotinal
The author's writing is definitely smarter and more thought-out than most of the books out there. I will read more of his work. Read more
Published on June 7, 2012 by Ella Y.
5.0 out of 5 stars No Laughing Matter
The author is called Fingers Murphy. For some reason this gave me the idea that his work would be less than serious. Read more
Published on March 28, 2012 by G. Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars One from the heart
This is a wonderful piece of story telling, and not really at all what I was expecting (it isn't a legal thriller like Murphy's other very enjoyable novels). Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by Barbara Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ebook
I got this book for free for my Kindle and wanted to give a thanks to Mr. Murphy by sharing my opinion on this novella. I found it to be a page turner. Read more
Published on March 4, 2012 by Dman4227
1.0 out of 5 stars Freebie!!!
I bought this, good book one star for throwing my investment out the window.. if your giving your other work away do tell ill wait instead of throwing more money away .. Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Michael G
5.0 out of 5 stars The mystery of the victim is what makes this book so interesting.
Bec's Review

This is a novella as opposed to a novel, which makes it a short read dealing around the question of what would drive a person to kill. Read more
Published on February 10, 2012 by Masquerade Crew
4.0 out of 5 stars Slick, Evocative Noir Fable
I say "noir," but really it owes more to the existential fiction inspired by noir, like Camus's THE STRANGER. "Everything ... Read more
Published on January 18, 2012 by John Perich
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Fingers Murphy is the pen name of a well known international criminal defense attorney.

He spends most of his time on airplanes.

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