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Product Details

  • Series: An Izzy McNeil Novel
  • Mass Market Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books; Original edition (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780778326502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778326502
  • ASIN: 0778326500
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Former trial lawyer Caldwell launches a mystery series that weaves the emotional appeal of her chick lit titles (The Night I Got Lucky) with the blinding speed of her thrillers (The Good Liar). Young, sassy Izzy McNeil, lead entertainment lawyer at Pickett Enterprises, has earned envy for her success (much of which she owes to the patronage of CEO Forester Pickett) and cheeky manner, but she's starting to panic about her upcoming wedding to charming Sam Hollings. Then Pickett is killed and Sam vanishes, as do $30 million worth of Panamanian real estate bonds. Suspecting Sam, Izzy and the FBI promptly take up parallel and sometimes contradictory investigations. The somber ending is something of a letdown after the headlong chase, but readers will be left looking forward to another heart-pounding ride on Izzy's silver Vespa. (June)
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Laura Caldwell writes remarkable, sexy, razor-edged thrillers that race to the finish and yet always make you stop to think. Chicago is brilliantly illuminated in Red Hot Lies, a book bursting with scandals and secrets. Caldwell's stylish, fast-paced writing grips you and won t let you go, making the Izzy McNeil trilogy a riveting must-read. --David Ellis, Edgar Award winning author of Line of Vision and Eye of the Beholder

Caldwell's writing is always smart, sassy, and sexy, with more suspense than a celebrity murder trial. In RED HOT LIES, her prose burns up the page, and you'll be still reading waaaaay past your bedtime. Highly recommended! --JA Konrath, author of the Lt. Jacqueline Daniels thrillers

RED HOT LIES is a wonderfully plotted story, smoothly crafted, filled with striking characters and great narrative. Caldwell slips seamlessly between voices to deliver an emotional roller coaster of a thriller. A legal lioness Caldwell has written a gripping edge-of-the-seat thriller that will not disappoint. --New York Times bestselling author Steve Martini

More About the Author

Laura Caldwell is a former civil trial attorney, now Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, director of Life After Innocence, published author of 14 novels and one nonfiction book.

Before beginning her writing career, Laura was a partner in a Chicago law firm, specializing in medical malpractice defense and entertainment law. In 2001 she joined Loyola University Chicago School of Law and has taught Advanced Litigation Writing and International Criminal Law among others.

Laura began her writing career in women's fiction and soon turned to mystery/thriller. Her first book, Burning the Map, was voted as one of the best books the year by Barnes and Noble.com. Booklist declared "Caldwell is one of the most talented and inventive ... writers around," after the release of The Year of Living Famously and The Night I Got Lucky. The release of her trilogy in 2009 received critical acclaim and nominations for prestigious industry awards.

While researching her sixth novel, The Rome Affair, Caldwell was led to the criminal case of a 19-year-old man charged with murder, sitting in a Cook County holding cell for nearly six years with no trial date. After hearing about his case, Laura joined a renowned criminal defense attorney to defend him, ultimately proving his innocence and inspiring her first nonfiction book, Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him (Free Press, Simon & Schuster).

She is published in over 25 countries and translated into more than 13 languages. Laura is also a freelance magazine writer and has been published in Chicago Magazine, Woman's Own, The Young Lawyer, Lake Magazine, Australia Woman's Weekly, Shore Magazine and others.

Laura founded Loyola's Life After Innocence that assists wrongfully convicted individuals or other innocent persons affected by the criminal justice system in order to help them re-enter society and reclaim their lives.

Customer Reviews

She plots a good story with just enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.
Daniel Lee Taylor
While the characters & plot were interesting, the writing contained far too much back story.
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery/thriller books.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Starr Light VINE VOICE on December 2, 2009
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Another Red-Hot lawyer in a sticky situation
Another Vine selection!
Izzy McNeil is a red-hot lawyer with an important red-hot client, media guru, Forester, and is about to marry red-hot Sam Hollings, who works on Forester's finances. But things take a turn for the worse when Forester suddenly dies, Sam goes missing, AND 30 million in Panama shares goes missing from Forester's safe, implicating Sam. Can Izzy find Forester's murderer? Where did Sam go? And did he take the 30 million dollars worth of shares?

I Liked:
The story opens up very interesting, and pretty gripping. It dies off (see below), but, fortunately, resumes for the latter half of the book. Particularly after the 200 page mark, I found the story going much quicker, flipping pages, urgent to find out what happens next, what the heck happened to Sam and Forester (and getting a few answers too, instead of just more questions).
Credit must be given to Laura Caldwell, as she writes in a very clear, nice manner. She is definitely a good writer, able to create her scenes well. She sets up a very believable atmosphere and puts her characters right in. The scene I especially enjoyed was the one with Mayburn and Izzy sneaking into Forester's mansion. I was reading this part at night, and it spooked me, when Izzy spotted the flicker of light. Very good writing indeed!
My favorite character was, oddly enough, Q. Somehow, I just clicked with him. I liked how he (for the most part) bucked the stereotypical gay guy. I just felt for him, as he lost his boyfriend, his job, his purpose in life, and as he found a new partner.
Another character I didn't mind was Mayburn. The grizzled guy does his job without going too gah-gah over Izzy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ArtLife Creative on November 24, 2009
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I really liked the authors' style of writing but found the plot flaws very hard to accept from a character that presumably is reasonably educated as lawyer, moreover what begun as an intriguing sassy read for the first half became flat and dragged to the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A G on September 14, 2009
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Okay, so my book club decided upon this book for our first selection.

I believe that this book had all the great elements of a fun read: suspense, sultry scenes, and a convoluted plot. All make for a fun read.

However, I only have one complaint about this book. The character development was a bit soft...I had trouble believing that all of these events could not be more disastrous to Izzy. She seemed to deal with these negative happenings as best as she could. However, I would have liked to know more about her...what were her deepest thoughts? I wanted to know MORE about this woman. It appears that only the surface was initially scratched. That was very disappointing.

I liked "Red Hot Lies", but I have suggested a different book/series for our next meeting.

All in all, a great read for a less introspective audience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Goebel Padgett VINE VOICE on December 5, 2009
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Red Hot Lies is the first in a trilogy of Izzy McNeil mysteries and it's a great start. Isabel "Izzy" McNeil is immediately likeable, and harassed, as an entertainment lawyer preparing to marry the charming Sam Hollings. Between wedding gown fittings and competitive co-workers, she's already beginning to wonder how she'll ever live through the wedding--or if she should even get married, no matter how much she loves Sam.

And then, the boss who gave her a big break and spot as a top lawyer at Picket Enterprises suddenly dies. And although everyone else assures her that it was a natural death, she's not so sure. Especially when her fiance suddenly goes missing with around 30 million in Panamanian real estate stock.

And as the FBI get into the act and focus on Izzy, she makes a deal with a local P.I. called John Mayburn. He'll try to find Sam if she'll do him the favor of picking up surveillance duty on a woman he is following. He convinces Izzy that she'll be a lot less conspicuous trailing the target into the women's locker at the local gym than he will. So Izzy agrees and...well, you'll have to read the book. I don't want to give too much away.

The characters were well drawn and witty. Izzy is warm and has a lovely, wry sense of humor the gets you hooked. And there are a lot of twists and turns as the mystery unfolds.

If I had any gripes, it was that Izzy took way too long to decide to do anything about her missing fiance. Somehow, I think I would have made a greater effort, earlier, to find him, and I probably would not have gone to a gown fitting after he went missing. I think I would probably have called off the wedding, figuring that either he was gone forever, or if I did find him, it might be after the original wedding date. But I may just be a little overly practical and too quick to react.

That one small quibble aside, I found the mystery/thrilling fun and fast. I look forward to reading more about Izzy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. M. VINE VOICE on September 9, 2009
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Entertainment attorney Izzy McNeil thought her biggest foreseeable problem would be making wedding plans. So much for counting on the foreseeable. What really matters is the whack you get without any forewarning, and Izzy gets walloped from three angles: her favorite and most prestigious client dies suddenly -- under suspicious circumstances; her fiance, Sam, disappears; and snatched are millions in bearer bonds. Soon, instead of looking forward to a honeymoon and being named partner at her law firm, she is in danger of demotion or outright dismissal at the office. More importantly, making a deal with a tough private eye to help her try to track down Sam and check out possible murder suspects could put her in the sights of a ruthless killer!

Laura Caldwell, a lawyer herself, knows how to craft a stable of memorable characters and a fluid plot with twists. Certain revelations sprinkled throughout the novel don't come as huge surprises, but enough suspense keeps one reading and guessing. Some have characterized Red Hot Lies (Izzy McNeil Mysteries) as "sexy," and one blurb declared that Caldwell's "prose burns up the page." Well, not fully: Izzy is a red-blooded, nearly-thirty-year-old career woman who's no virgin, to be sure, but don't expect Jayne Ann Krentz (let alone, say, Shayla Black) bedroom details. Others have also used adjectives such as "sassy," and "smart." Yep, those apply; however, Izzy's tendency isn't to jump in; more often she needs a little push to walk on the wild side of love or investigation -- at least in this, her introduction.

RED HOT LIES is an enjoyable beach, bath, or wherever-you-choose paperback.
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