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Liar's Candle: A Novel Hardcover – April 17, 2018
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“A James Bond-style thriller…For a young summer intern, [Penny] proves surprisingly resourceful. The cinematic action sweeps the reader along, and [there’s] a strong sense of place.”
“Liar’s Candle is a stunning debut, a novel that brings the le Carré and Follett traditions into the 21st century. Breakneck pacing, sharply observed detail, an all-too-plausible plot and a protagonist to cheer for—well done, August Thomas, well done.”
—Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of The Switch and Judgment
“August Thomas is a fresh, exciting new voice in international thrillers."
—Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats, The Accident, and The Travelers
"Tightly-plotted, well-written, and astute, Liar’s Candle is a remarkable debut. August Thomas delivers an atmospheric and twisty spy thriller that manages to be both assured and fresh. With a colorful, authentic sense of place, a rocket-paced plot full of deception and betrayal, and a young, naive heroine, Penny Kessler, at its center, this is both an exciting story of espionage and a compelling coming of age tale."
—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hunter
“A high-energy thriller that takes Penny Kessler, a likable and reluctant American heroine wrongly accused of terrorist sympathies, on a non-stop adventure across Turkey in a quest to clear her name. The tension and relentless action ratchet higher from the very first chapter to the climatic ending as one terrifying escape follows the next and everywhere friends and foes change places. Thomas has eerily evoked not only the intrigue and brutality of terrorism in Turkey, but the country itself. Liar’s Candle is a very impressive debut.”
—Paul Vidich, author of An Honorable Man and The Good Assassin
"August Thomas offers a fresh voice and a unique perspective. Liar’s Candle is a tight and well-crafted novel with a compelling heroine and a breakneck-paced story that will keep you turning the pages until the early morning hours. What an extraordinary debut!"
—Mathew Palmer, author of Secrets of State and Enemy of the Good
“Liar’s Candle is the kind of debut novel that makes you want to cheer for the hero, Penny Kessler. Author August Thomas is new to the scene, and clearly she’s a very talented writer.”
—Robert Rotenberg, author of Heart of the City
“A propulsive, heart-in-your-throat thriller that’s loaded with unexpected twists and turns. Liar’s Candle is a shockingly good debut novel that kept this reader up much later than anticipated!”
—Daniel Kalla, international bestselling author of Pandemic and The Far Side of the Sky
“Impressively mature and assured writing . . . Colored by failed—and successful—attacks on US embassies and installation around the world, Liar’s Candle is a whirlwind of American diplomacy and espionage in modern-day Turkey that’s jam packed with intrigue, conspiracy, and surprises.”
—Todd Moss, bestselling author of The Golden Hour and Minute Zero
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501172840
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501172847
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Scribner (April 17, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #631,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Classic thriller stuff, and well executed. Penny is a reasonably likeable heroine, although she's not exactly a deep and well rounded character and I found her adeptness at all the 'spy' stuff a bit hard to believe, especially given how badly injured she'd been at the start of the book. But you can forgive a bit of far-fetchedness in a thriller. I liked that the usual trope of man-and-woman-thrown-together-in-life-or-death-situation-fall-in-love was subverted in this novel (our action man of the plot is gay and spoken for). There's also a bit of a twist, although personally I saw it coming.
All in all it's a decent thriller and a good holiday read. Having visited Turkey I liked to read about settings I remembered, such as the cave cities of Cappadoccia, although some of the political elements are a bit too close to reality to feel very comfortable (the characters in the book are all fictional but some do bear resemblance to real life politicians). Overall I think it does a good job without being outstanding.