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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778321053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778321057
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,553,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"Smith keeps the action going in a way that will remind readers of Robert Ludlum." -- Booklist

About the Author

After a career as an international diplomat and later an intelligence analyst, Taylor Smith turned her experience into bestselling fiction. She is the author of six precious novels of political intrigue: Deadly Grace, The Innocents Club, Random Acts, The Best of Enemies, Common Passions and Guilt by Silence. Taylor currently lives in Southern California.

Customer Reviews

Nothing really happens.
Bill Garrison
The character's could have grown a little more, the lead female was strong but tended toward self abuse.
Deetie
Also, the very end is extremely bland.
Cathyq

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Butch VINE VOICE on January 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I did enjoy this book, but it seemed to me like a book that needed another draft. It was a little thin -- both in the sense that it had big print and few pages and also in the sense that I thought the skeleton could have been better filled out. This is particularly apparent toward the end of the book, where there are loose ends relating both to plot and character. I thought Smith did do a creditable job of making the heroine sympathetic despite her mistakes; just wish the promise of the book had been better fultilled.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Garrison VINE VOICE on March 2, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Many novels have twists and turns, Liars Market by Taylor Smith has maybe one twist and one turn. The plot has an intriguing premise, with three unrelated events tied together. The opening sizzles with a beautiful woman thrown from a balcony in Hong Kong. The chapters also set up the plot quickly, with wife of CIA operations chief Carrie McNeil being interviewed after her husband Drum has disappeared.

This novel runs at 370 pages yet the action could have been boiled down to about 100. Nothing really happens. Smith does a good job establishing the few characters there are in this novel, perhaps too good. Many pages ramble on and on about day to day activities of Carrie and her son Jonah and their life. Sure, the ending has some action and few "twists". But absolutely nothing happens before that. This book has a beginning and an end but no middle. I recommend this book to no one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In the summer of 2001 in Hong Kong her darling tosses Victoria Kim Lee from the terrace of their twenty-eighth floor penthouse. Before leaving he kills her maid and the building's doorman too to insure there are no witnesses.
In the spring of 2002 in London, someone assassinates an innocent American student Karen Ann Harmann. The visitor harmed no one, but died in a hail of bullets.
In the summer of 2002, the CIA and the FBI interrogate Carrie McNeil over these two seemingly unrelated incidents and the disappearance of her spouse, Drummond CIA London bureau chief. Photos and other evidence prove Drum had an affair with Lee. Could Karen Ann who looks somewhat like the almost thirty year old Carrie been mistaken for Drum's wife? The CIA believes so and is near panic over what Drum will do next but not as much as they are concerned with how Carrie will react now that she knows he wants her dead.
Though Drum's motives are not revealed until very late, LIAR'S MARKET is a terse political espionage thriller that hooks readers from the moment Lee is tossed off the terrace. The story line never slows down until the final cover-up funeral. Carrie is a fine character who is like a lion protecting her cub at all costs for she now fears her unmasked husband may harm their son though he does not appear to be a murder target of Drum. This is a solid thriller that showcases Taylor Smith's ability to hook her audience from start to finish.
Harriet Klausner
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ben Franklin, the noted almanac author with views and advice on every subject under the sun, parodying Shakespeare is believed to have said "Three may keep a secret -- if two of them be dead." Sounds like something out of 'Taming of the Shrew" currently being enacted on Market Square.

Anything is possible in the high echelons of international affairs full of spy games, secrets and lies. But not exclusively the bane of the intelligence department. It's rampant in other fields in which the FCC should investigate. The nature of the job, affairs didn't mean anything special as the CIA and FBI agents learn to cover their tracks at the expense of the innocents.

Written by a former diplomat who was also in the field of spies and such, that's what this book about liars is all about. Everyone and anyone in the spy business is expendable. In this kind of government undercover work, everyone bends the rules to suit himself and his best interests. It's always a liar's market.

A bunch of old performers recording what they're told to (all lies), no questions asked, is another form of liars' market. There is no absolute real station anymore, but that was irrelevant. It's all a front for the tour business, theirs and one who is affiliated with them. Like Carrie, it was hard to accept being deceived so cruelly by someone she had admired and trusted. American women are not sophisticated as the double agent in Hong Kong who was expended on her 35th birthday. On Carrie's 30th, she had to deal with being duped by her husband, now missing (hiding out), one of the upper crust in the agency. It is a dangerous thing, to live a lie and so one must learn not to ask questions.
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