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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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Reporter Cathy Bennett knows she’s out of her element filling in for her newspaper’s society editor at a party for the city’s elite, but she certainly doesn’t expect to end the evening sitting on the grass holding a dead man’s hand. Before he was murdered by a gunshot that echoed through the night, the young man now dead on the elegant lawn gave Cathy a message for lawyer Peter Lowell.
“Danny was framed. I’ve got the proof.”
Cathy and Peter are thrown together in a quest to prove the innocence of Peter’s young client Danny, surrounded by a landscape of lies and deception, arson and murder, with just enough information to expose them to the criminal perpetrators hunting for the missing Danny.
Karen McCullough has crafted an enjoyable and suspenseful quest for the truth about the murder of a young man named Bobby, a man named Danny falsely accused of arson, a mysterious private detective, and a web of crime … and let’s not forget the romantic touch of love that makes this an especially satisfying read.
If a reader desires a good suspenseful read, with much adventure, and a little romance, this book is sure to deliver.
Cathy Bennett works for the local newspaper and attends a party to fill in for the society columnist. As much as she dreads these kinds of events, she goes somewhat grudgingly, to help the boss. After a disastrous evening full of social faux pas, she escapes outdoors for a break. The last thing she expected was to get caught up in a murder investigation!
Bobby Stark comes to Cathy for aid. His brother, Danny was arrested for arson and murder but he knows Danny is innocent. Bobby has found evidence and begs Cathy to assist him. But before he can reveal the hiding place of the proof of Danny's innocence, he is killed, right before her eyes, after only revealing one small piece of revelation for the whereabouts of his evidence. Now Cathy is caught up in a double mystery, both of which she suspects the missing proof will solve.
Cathy turns to Peter Lowell, Danny's attorney, for assistance, especially when it appears the murderer now suspects Cathy of having the answers he seeks, and her life is at risk. Will they solve the mysteries and find the hidden evidence before it is too late?
Wow! Ms. McCullough has penned a wonderful suspense with this book. There are several interesting plot threads to keep one guessing throughout. What is most interesting about this novel is that the real mystery is not who the killer is, but where the evidence is hidden. This becomes apparent when the reader figures out rather quickly, who the real villain is. However, the search for this information Bobby found winds through the entire story, making the reader want to solve the mystery. When the hiding place is revealed, the readers will be surprised, wondering why they didn't see it before.
Primarily a mystery/suspense novel, there is however, enough romance to keep fans of that genre interested in reading on. A bond forms between Cathy and Peter that grows through all the danger they face until it bonds them tightly. Another interesting relationship, though not a romantic one, also develops between Cathy and Danny, who is a young boy on the verge of manhood, needing the guidance of a strong adult.
This is a well-written story, full of detail and action that will keep one entranced from beginning to end, and wishing the story could go on forever. Ms. McCullough proves again that she is a rising star in the writing world, and this reviewer eagerly awaits her next work.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, March 2004. All rights reserved.
When a young man is murdered and dies in her arms news reporter Catherine Bennett is thrust into a dangerous situation. The mystery of the man's final words and the fate of his younger brother Danny compel her to investigate even after she's kidnapped and her life is threatened. She's joined by Peter Lowell, Danny's lawyer. Though Catherine's and Peter's relationship starts off rocky the romance that develops between them is believable and fits in well with the mystery plot. I also enjoyed the dynamics and growing relationships between Catherine and Danny and Peter and Danny.
As Catherine and Peter try and determine where the murdered man hid evidence that would clear Danny of an arson/murder charge, the murderer is determined to do whatever is necessary to stop them. I liked that the characters acted and reacted to each situation like real people. They weren't perfect or able to kick-ass without breaking a sweat. It took them time and effort and lots of investigating to discover the truth and find the missing evidence. And when the hiding place was revealed I smacked my head in surprise. Talk about hiding in plain sight.
Ms McCullough has a talent for telling an exciting story that will keep you up past your bedtime to find out what happens next.