cover image Once a Liar

Once a Liar

A.F. Brady. Park Row, $15.99 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-0-7783-6997-4

Manhattan defense attorney Peter Caine, the narrator of this creepy thriller from Brady (The Blind), has built his carefully constructed life on lies and achieved great success despite his fraught childhood, but it’s come at a price: he neglects his live-in girlfriend of eight years, and he’s been estranged from his 15-year-old son, who’s now in his custody after his ex-wife’s death. Now, a long running feud with scheming New York County DA Harrison Doyle, who once humiliated him during a trial, has come to a head. When Doyle’s stepdaughter and Caine’s mistress, Charlotte Doyle, is stabbed to death, the evidence points to Caine’s guilt. Can he prove his innocence and keep his house of cards intact? Weaving between past and present, Caine offers insight into his failed marriage and the events that created a man incapable of feeling and scornful of human weakness. Amid a seething culture of depravity and ruinous corruption, shocking revelations pave the way to an explosive finale. Fans of unusual protagonists are in for a treat. [em]Agent: Marian Young, Marian Young Agency. (Jan.) [/em]