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Holmes is an award-winning Broadway playwright and composer (The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Accomplice), so it's only appropriate that his hugely entertaining first novel should be set in the world of show business. It purports to be the account of one K. O'Connor (we never learn her first name), a smart, pretty and accomplished young journalist who has been commissioned to write a book about a celebrated comedy team of the '60s, Vince Collins-who sang smoothly and was a ladies' man, and Lanny Morris, who clowned around (Martin and Lewis, anyone?). At the height of their career, a dead girl was found in their hotel room, and although neither of them was accused (they had airtight alibis), the incident put an end to their act, and as the book begins, they haven't seen each other for years. O'Connor sniffs around Collins, reads some chapters Morris has set down for a book of his own and begins to wonder just where the truth does lie. Holmes has a wonderful feeling for period detail, and the '60s and '70s spring vividly back to horrific life through the brilliant narration of the romantically susceptible O'Connor. For much of its course the novel is witty, sexy and suspenseful, but eventually it morphs into a more conventional whodunit, with one of those windups in which a complicated plot is sorted out in improbable dialogue between accuser and perpetrator, and the giddy pleasures of the first two-thirds are somewhat overshadowed. That's not enough, however, to spoil what is for most of the way a glittering ride.
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*Starred Review* Although this is Holmes' first mystery novel, he has already wowed Broadway audiences with two crime stories: his musical adaptation of Dickens' Mystery of Edwin Drood (for which he won four Tony awards) and his Edgar-winning thriller, The Accomplice. This foray into narrative fiction is literate, witty, and atmospheric. Holmes re-creates the extravagant side of the 1970s--jumbo jets equipped with upper-level piano bars; Hollywood before the glamour died. Connecting all this glitz is the attempt of Holmes' heroine, a young female journalist, to write a book investigating the split of a comedy team obviously modeled on Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. The reporter soon learns that a girl found murdered in a bathtub in a New Jersey casino years ago is somehow at the core of the duo's breakup. Further digging puts her in contact with some very funny, very scary gangsters and leads to her discovery that one of the comedy team may be a murderer--and may be coming after her. The plotline will command reader's interest, but what will probably knock them out is the dead-on way Holmes captures the comedy team's speech cadences and sybaritic habits, making what is known of Martin and Lewis' wild celebrity ride a compelling backdrop for villainy. Connie Fletcher
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I read this book after watching the movie. I'm glad I watched the movie first because the book was so amazing that if I had done it the opposite way it would have ruined the movie... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kayla
Where The truth Lies is a wild ride. Holmes had me on the edge of my seat, laughing one moment, and catching my breath the next. I loved it. It brought me back to the 70s. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Christina B. Conroy
Don't you just hate to get your hands on a good book and you don't want it to end? Well, Where the Truth Lies is one of those books. Read morePublished on December 11, 2008 by S. L. Parker
I'm not sure why this book is so highly rated. Didn't really do much for me. Decent enough book and all, but not a knockout, imo. Read morePublished on September 20, 2008 by John Kenney
I was really excited to get this book. I saw Mr. Holmes on the Today Show and his book sounded interesting. A good mystery is always a good read to me. Read morePublished on January 6, 2008 by J. Henry
Everything you may have heard about this book - whether from the Times of London or the Washington Post - is true. Read morePublished on August 11, 2007 by Jonathan Posner
I'm not going to attempt a full review of this book - that's been handled ably by others already. But I want to contribute a brief perspective on the element of the story that... Read morePublished on May 2, 2007 by Chris Berthelsen
This book is one of those that has a story with engaging charcterrs at the same time. I could not put this down, I even unknowningly missed 'Desperate Housewives' a few times I... Read morePublished on March 6, 2007
Even after researching the most touted new books, of the dozen or so I read each month, perhaps one stands out as recommendable. This is it! Read morePublished on August 9, 2006 by lovz2read