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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451233875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451233875
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Jo Beckett investigates a national security threat in Edgar-winner Gardiner's absorbing third thriller to feature the San Francisco forensic psychiatrist (after The Memory Collector). When troubled country singer Tasia McFarland—who happens to be the U.S. president's ex-wife—dies of a gunshot wound to the neck during a stunt that goes awry at a huge outdoor concert, Jo's SFPD friend, Lt. Amy Tang, asks Jo to help determine whether Tasia, who fired a Colt .45 automatic as part of the stunt, shot herself or was shot by an assassin. The ballistics are inconclusive. As Jo looks into the sordid details of Tasia's life, an antigovernment extremist, Tom Paine, who runs a conspiracy-fueled Web site called Tree of Liberty, accuses people in the government—in particular, President Robert McFarland—of orchestrating Tasia's death and demands punishment for those responsible. Despite the broad scope of Jo's inquiry, Gardiner mostly manages to keep the far-reaching plot on course. (June)
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*Starred Review* Tasia McFarland may be a has-been country singer, but her status as ex-wife of the current president keeps her in the public eye. At the opening of Gardiner’s third mystery to feature San Francisco forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett (after The Memory Collector, 2009), McFarland is killed when a stunt at one of her concerts goes terribly awry. Speculation about her death abounds, given the singer’s well-publicized bouts with bipolar mania. Was her tragic end just a grandiose—and very public—suicide, or had she really been in mortal danger as one of her recent songs claimed? Beckett takes the case, and when probing puts her in the path of a stalker, she becomes convinced that the threats to Tasia were real. She hopes Ace Chennault, ghostwriter of Tasia’s forthcoming biography, can shed some light. (He claims to have explosive revelations about Tasia’s affair with fellow country singer Searle Lecroix but refuses to divulge them.) The sharp investigator forges ahead, making herself the target of right-wing radicals with assassination on their minds. Breathless suspense, slick plotting, and a cast of compelling characters make this a solid addition to Edgar winner Gardiner’s dossier of superlative thrillers with appeal both for pure suspense fans and those who favor well-delineated characters. --Allison Block --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Meg Gardiner is the author of twelve thrillers, including the Evan Delaney series and the Jo Beckett novels. She was born in Oklahoma and raised in Santa Barbara, California. A graduate of Stanford Law School, she practiced law in Los Angeles and taught writing at the University of California Santa Barbara. She's also a three time Jeopardy! champion. She lives in Austin, Texas.

China Lake won the 2009 Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Paperback Original.

The Dirty Secrets Club won the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Procedural Novel of 2008.

The Nightmare Thief won the 2012 Audie Award for Thriller/Suspense audiobook of the year. The Shadow Tracer was named one of Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2013.

Her latest novel is Phantom Instinct.

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Not worth the money she spent, and then loaned me.
M. shoemaker
Thanks to Meg Gardiner's skill at both, her readers will be anxiously waiting, eager to devour whatever this talented writer comes up with next.
I cannot explain what it was, but this simply did not seem to be a story in any sense of the word I would normally expect.
David C Wile

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on June 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Tasia McFarland might be just another pretty country star on the verge of being over the hill, but she's also the ex-wife of the President of the United States. So when she dies by a gunshot to the throat during a spectacularly ill-conceived stunt on her latest concert tour, the investigation into her death is anything but simple. For one thing, no one is quite sure whether the singer, previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder, committed suicide or was murdered. And then there's the cryptic song lyrics Tasia left behind, words that seem to hint at an assassination threat not only to her but also to her ex-husband.

It's convenient that forensic psychologist Jo Beckett happens to be in the audience for Tasia's final, fatal concert, because she's about to be brought into the investigation by her friend Amy Tang, a San Francisco Police Department homicide detective. Jo's job is to analyze the dead woman's psyche, to look into her medical and behavioral history, her legacy of written work, and her relationships with friends and family, to determine what might have led to the singer's death.

As Jo delves into Tasia's life, she finds it's full of contradictions; Tasia was the ex-wife of a liberal president but has since been a regular poster on anti-government conspiracy-theorist websites. She adores her fans but hides the fact that she's being stalked via email. Jo has plenty of people to talk to --- Tasia's sister, her biographer, her lover and bandmate --- but when the picture they paint is far from clear, she's not sure where to go. And when Tasia's friends start showing up dead, Jo and Tang begin to suspect that Tasia might not have been the ultimate target.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Country singer Tasia McFarland wants a return to the top of the charts, but even with a former pedigree connection her chances are zero. Tasia is the ex wife of the current President of the United States Robert McFarland. Combining her two failures singing and marriage into an explosive political song, Tasia makes a strong comeback to the top of the country charts.

On tour, Tasia flies by helicopter to the outdoor stage; as she is lowered, a shot is fired and the singer is dead. SFPD Lieutenant Amy Tang and a friend of the victim, knows Tasia used a Colt 45, the murder weapon. She wonders if her friend committed suicide or was assassinated. She asks forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett to conduct a psychological autopsy. At the same time, radical Tom Paine on his internet site the Tree of Liberty accuses President McFarland and his supporters of murder to shut up a popular critic who knew POTUS intimately.

Over the top of the Coit Tower, The Liar's Lullaby is an exciting police procedural with national implications. The story line is fast-paced as Amy and Jo investigate while Paine proves a pain to their inquiry with his conspiracy demands that the government leaders be arrested, convicted and executed. Fans will enjoy Meg Gardiner's fun taut thriller just leave the plausibility meter in the Bay.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Harnick on July 17, 2010
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I'm a huge Meg Gardiner fan - both her Evan Delaney series and her Jo Beckett series. This is the latest installment in the latter and it does not disappoint!

Being a forensic psychologist has it's caveats. It can make you a target for grieving family and psychopaths, and in a high profile case such as this, stalkers, conspiracy nuts, killers, and government intimidation. Jo must investigate this case quickly and thoroughly as she is feeling pressure from all sides to wrap things up (and everyone's pushing for a different outcome) but records are missing, interviewees are uncooperative, or unavailable, and things just aren't adding up.

Gardiner's books are fast paced and detailed. Did I figure out the whodunit before Beckett? Yes, but that's because the reader is supplied with far more information than poor Jo. The fascinating part was having more pieces of the puzzle than Jo, and being able to get a hazy picture of the situation, but not being able to put all the pieces together. We need Jo's investigation to do that for us. And even with all of that, there were still twists and turns that surprised me. Gardiner, as always, also finds a way to alleviate some of the the intensity in the book by inserting levity in the form of wit, sarcasm, and in this case, revenge on a prying media hound.

Though her books are parts of a series, Gardiner also makes them stand-alone accessible -especially the Beckett series- but with most series, they're more enjoyable in order. Relationships and non-plot related conflicts are left open, leading the reader into the next book.(The first book in the Evan Delaney series is China Lake. The first book in the Jo Beckett series is The Dirty Secrets Club.)

Gardiner's one of the few thriller authors whose books I can never put down. I suggest you pick her up.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on October 16, 2010
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Meg Gardner's Liar's Lullaby fails to engage. The rocky beginning - the death of a female country singer during a concert - fragments the action so much that it undercuts the suspense. The story never develops suspense because of various problems. For example, some of the characters are far-fetched including the country singer who happens to be the ex-wife of the President of the United States. The political thriller aspect of the story is heavy-handed and the stilted writing adds to the overall dullness.
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