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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; First Edition edition (March 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446529435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446529433
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,093,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Roughan (The Up and Comer) delivers a classic frame-up story, cleverly embellished and stocked with well-drawn albeit familiar genre characters (the sharply observant narrator, the black widow seductress, the bad cop and the less-bad cop) in his second slick page-turner. Narrator David Remler is a successful New York psychologist and the author of a book that explains how upstanding citizens can sometimes commit unspeakable crimes. He inadvertently launched his book onto the bestseller lists when he gave expert testimony in the trial of a rabbi accused of murdering his mistress; jurors cited his testimony as crucial to their decision to convict. Otherwise, we're told, they never would have imagined that a man of the cloth could do anything so horrible (perhaps this was written before the news broke about the recent scandal in the Roman Catholic Church). Still, the setup is clear and the plot full of satisfying poetic justice. Remler, a fine, sympathetic, kind and educated man who has profited from showing the world that anyone is capable of performing terrible deeds at any time, soon finds himself on the point of his own sword. He's accused of murder. His alibi stinks. A sticky web of circumstantial evidence ensnares him, and we watch as Remler's lawyers try to cut him loose. The novel is smoothly written, briskly paced and nicely constructed, with surprises that are genuinely startling.
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From Booklist

David Remler, a successful and talented psychologist, takes on a new patient. Samantha Kent is the beautiful, troubled wife of a Wall Street businessman; she is afraid of him and sometimes even feels like she wants to kill him. Then, early one morning, Remler gets a distressed phone call that leads him to three rather unsettling discoveries. One, Sam Kent's husband is dead: murdered. Two, the woman he knew as Sam Kent is not the murdered man's wife. And three, Remler is being framed for murder. Roughan's second novel (after The Up and Comer, 2001) is compulsively readable: sharply drawn characters, dialogue that seems effortlessly realistic, and a solid, suspenseful story. The author doesn't write with any special flair, but that's OK: this story doesn't need any. A smart, thoroughly engaging thriller. David Pitt
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Customer Reviews

Unique mystery kept me on the edge of my seat.
Judith
After having read his work with J. Patterson on a novel and loving the twists, I ordered this one which proved to be a winner.
Sara
One day, a beautiful patient who calls herself Samantha Kent comes to see Dr. Remler.
E. Bukowsky

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In just his second novel, Howard Roughan is fast estabishing himself as one of the better writers in the mystery/thriller genre. Roughan's writing style is easy and fun to read, his characters are well-developed, credible and (mostly)likable, and his plot is exciting, suspenseful and filled with surprises. The Promise Of A Lie will keep you glued to the pages to see what happens next. I'd highly recommend this book to you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James N Simpson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 2, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Howard Roughan's The Promise of Lie is a sensational thriller that once it gets going you cannot put down until the end. It is a lot more unpredictable than his former novel The Up and Comer although this book does spend a bit long at the beginning of the novel setting up the scene for the plot and the main character David Remler. If it were any slower I probably would have stopped reading, but when Conrad is murdered the pace quickens to an exceptional pace for the remainder of the novel.

In the Promise of a Lie famous author and psychologist David Remler has a patient who no longer requires his services so a gap opens in his hectic schedule. A Sam Grant is on the waiting list so Dr Remler books him in only to discover he is a she. She is the husband of the wealthy Conrad Kent who has told her she will not get to see their child if she divorces him. He is quickly seduced by her beauty and after spending the night in his apartment the next morning rings him and tells him she has murdered Conrad and is about to kill herself. Remler races to her house where he finds Conrad dead in bed but no sign of Samantha. Two police officers however do find him there and it is not long before he discovers Samantha Kent had no son, claims she has never heard of him and doesn't look a thing like the Samantha Kent he was falling in love with, and of course did not murder her husband. With no evidence to support his story Remler is soon on trial for murder.

This is a great book. David Remler does do some stupid things that you would have imagined someone intelligent enough to become a psychologist would know not to, such as roll over a dead body. Also what would have happened if the slot never opened up for Samantha in his schedule or someone else had got it. Apart from this though, The Promise of Lie is a sensation thriller which I would highly recommend to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In Howard Roughan's thriller, "The Promise of a Lie," psychologist David Remler is still mourning the death of his beloved wife, Rebecca, who was killed in a car accident three years earlier. David is a compassionate and dedicated professional who finds comfort in his work. One day, a beautiful patient who calls herself Samantha Kent comes to see Dr. Remler. Samantha sets in motion a complicated series of events that culminate in Remler's being charged with the murder of Conrad Birch, Kent's husband. The doctor frantically tries to convince the police that he has been framed, but his protestations fall on deaf ears.

Dr. Remler, the first person narrator, is an intelligent, witty, charming and sympathetic protagonist. The secondary characters are lively as well. Terry Garrett and Victor Glass are two top-notch defense attorneys who give David hope that he can escape the frame-up. Other notable characters are a crusty old judge named Lomax, a highly skilled and somewhat shady computer hacker, and an eccentric billionaire and philanthropist named Arnold Kesper. These people all play key roles in determining David's fate.

Roughan writes with panache and he manages to make an improbable plot seem plausible. "The Promise of a Lie" is fast-moving and suspenseful, and I enjoyed the entertaining mix of romance, courtroom theatrics, and surprising twists and turns. This book is a winner from a very talented author.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. L. Wasden on January 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Roughan's a consistant writer...another knock out! I started the book late one evening and stayed up way too late that night. I finished it the next day.

It was an excellent read. I applaud the writer for being able to keep the reader on edge all of the way through the novel. I liked all the characters as well as his excellent storyline and development.

I believe that this is only his second book, but I predict that there will be a lot more before he's finished!

Read it........you'll be glad you did!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Part-time Book Worm on May 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I really liked the characters, the storyline, the way the writer spins the characters, and the way he makes you think the story has ended and then, boom, a new twist that makes you intrigued. I hated putting the book down to take care of other responsibilities. This is a fast read. Quite a quandry that the poor main character got himself into.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FictionAddiction.NET on June 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
David Remler, Psychologist, also happens to be the bestselling author of The Human Pendulum which points out that even the mild-mannered have the power to do evil lurking inside of them. Just when David is contemplating dating again, new patient Samantha Kent turns up.
Sam, as she likes to be called, is a beautiful woman afraid that she is going to kill her husband. Sympathy and attraction combine to send Dr. Remler over the acceptable lines of doctor/patient relationship and he finds himself thrust headlong into disaster.
David runs into Sam at a fundraiser and accepts her offer to cook dinner at his place. He escorts her home by taxi, relieved that he has not given in to his attraction for her.
Two days later, at 2:30 a.m. Samantha calls Remler, saying she has killed her husband. Her voice sounds drugged, but she won't answer David's questions. He races to her house and finds the door open and her husband stabbed to death, but cannot find either Samantha or her son.
David frantically searches the house from top to bottom, desperate to stop more tragedy. David is also surprised to notice that the dead man's face is familiar to him, though he can't remember where.
The police arrive before David has a chance to call them and immediately becomes their main suspect.
Quickly, Dr. Remler discovers that he has been masterfully framed to take the blame for this murder. The murder weapon is his - a knife taken from his kitchen and found outside the dead man's bedroom window. There is no child and the real Samantha Kent has been in Boston all weekend. She has kept her maiden name, but was very much married to the dead Conrad Birch. So who is the Mystery Patient? Will "The Human Pendulum," Dr. Remler's bestseller, be his downfall?
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