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The Liar's Lullaby

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Publisher Comments:

Edgar Award winner Meg Gardiner returns with a third propulsive, groundbreaking thriller about forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett and the lies that are even more dangerous than fame.

Tasia McFarland is a washed-up country-pop singer desperate for the break that will get her topping the charts again. The tabloids have raked over every part of Tasia's rocky life, following every high and low, her addictions, her breakdowns, her increasingly erratic behavior-and every broken relationship. The highlight of this lowlight reel: her failed marriage to an ambitious Army officer whose political talents earned him a spot in the nation's highest office. Tasia McFarland is the ex-wife of the President of the United States.

So when Tasia writes a song with politically-charged lyrics, people take note and her star begins to rise anew. In the spectacle-driven opener of her comeback tour, she is lowered into a stadium on a zip line and as helicopters fly overhead she fires her prop Colt 45 at the fireworks-filled stage. Tasia is riding high.

Until she's killed by a bullet to the neck, before the shocked crowd of 40,000.

When video can't prove that the shot came from Tasia's own Colt .45 and the ballistics report comes up empty, the authorities call on forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett to do a psychological autopsy and clean up the potential political disaster. But as Jo sifts through the facts, she only finds more questions. Was Tasia's gun loaded? Did she kill herself in one last cry for attention? Were her politically-charged lyrics the rantings of a paranoid woman losing her grip? Or warnings from a woman afraid and in danger? For Jo, pouring over Tasia's past quickly becomes a race to extinguish the conspiracy rumor mill before it incites a level of violence that reaches America's highest corridors of power-and tears apart the very fabric of our nation.

Review:

"Jo Beckett investigates a national security threat in Edgar-winner Gardiner's absorbing third thriller to feature the San Francisco forensic psychiatrist (after The Memory Collector). When troubled country singer Tasia McFarland — who happens to be the U.S. president's ex-wife — dies of a gunshot wound to the neck during a stunt that goes awry at a huge outdoor concert, Jo's SFPD friend, Lt. Amy Tang, asks Jo to help determine whether Tasia, who fired a Colt .45 automatic as part of the stunt, shot herself or was shot by an assassin. The ballistics are inconclusive. As Jo looks into the sordid details of Tasia's life, an antigovernment extremist, Tom Paine, who runs a conspiracy-fueled Web site called Tree of Liberty, accuses people in the government — in particular, President Robert McFarland — of orchestrating Tasia's death and demands punishment for those responsible. Despite the broad scope of Jo's inquiry, Gardiner mostly manages to keep the far-reaching plot on course. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In Edgar Award-winner Gardiner's third thriller featuring forensic psychologist Jo Beckett, politics and pop culture cross paths with deadly results.

Synopsis:

When a controversial female singer is murdered during a concert, forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett fears the act was political. The polarizing pop star was also the President's ex-wife, with secrets to die for. Now, Jo finds herself in a race to extinguish the conspiracy rumor mill-before it incites a level of violence that reaches America's highest corridors of power.

Synopsis:

In Edgar Award-winner Meg Gardiner's third thriller featuring forensic psychologist Jo Beckett, politics and pop culture cross paths- with deadly results.

Tasia McFarland is a washed-up country-pop singer desperate for the break that will get her back atop the charts. She's also the ex-wife of the president of the United States. So when Tasia writes a song with politically charged lyrics, people take note and her star begins to rise anew. In the spectacle-driven opener of her comeback tour, she is lowered from a helicopter, hundreds of feet above her adoring fans, while firing a prop Colt .45 at the fireworks filled stage. Tasia is riding high.

Until she's killed by a bullet to the neck, before a shocked crowd of 30,000.

When video can't prove the shot came from Tasia's Colt .45 and the ballistics report comes up empty, the authorities call in forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett to do a psychological autopsy and help avert a political disaster. But as Jo sifts through the facts, she only finds more questions: Did Tasia kill herself in one last cry for attention? Were those lyrics the ranting of a paranoid woman losing her grip? Or warnings from a woman afraid and in danger? And most disturbing of all: Just what does Tasia's death mean for a president-and in fact a nation- teetering on the brink of catastrophe?

About the Author

Meg Gardiner is the author of two previous Jo Beckett thrillers, as well as five novels in the Evan Delaney series, one of which, China Lake, won the Edgar Award in 2009. Originally from Santa Barbara, California, she now lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780525951728
Author:
Gardiner, Meg
Publisher:
Dutton Adult
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Forensic psychiatrists
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20100624
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.26x6.60x1.20 in. 1.26 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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Product details 368 pages Dutton Books - English 9780525951728 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Jo Beckett investigates a national security threat in Edgar-winner Gardiner's absorbing third thriller to feature the San Francisco forensic psychiatrist (after The Memory Collector). When troubled country singer Tasia McFarland — who happens to be the U.S. president's ex-wife — dies of a gunshot wound to the neck during a stunt that goes awry at a huge outdoor concert, Jo's SFPD friend, Lt. Amy Tang, asks Jo to help determine whether Tasia, who fired a Colt .45 automatic as part of the stunt, shot herself or was shot by an assassin. The ballistics are inconclusive. As Jo looks into the sordid details of Tasia's life, an antigovernment extremist, Tom Paine, who runs a conspiracy-fueled Web site called Tree of Liberty, accuses people in the government — in particular, President Robert McFarland — of orchestrating Tasia's death and demands punishment for those responsible. Despite the broad scope of Jo's inquiry, Gardiner mostly manages to keep the far-reaching plot on course. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In Edgar Award-winner Gardiner's third thriller featuring forensic psychologist Jo Beckett, politics and pop culture cross paths with deadly results.
"Synopsis" by ,
When a controversial female singer is murdered during a concert, forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett fears the act was political. The polarizing pop star was also the President's ex-wife, with secrets to die for. Now, Jo finds herself in a race to extinguish the conspiracy rumor mill-before it incites a level of violence that reaches America's highest corridors of power.

"Synopsis" by , In Edgar Award-winner Meg Gardiner's third thriller featuring forensic psychologist Jo Beckett, politics and pop culture cross paths- with deadly results.

Tasia McFarland is a washed-up country-pop singer desperate for the break that will get her back atop the charts. She's also the ex-wife of the president of the United States. So when Tasia writes a song with politically charged lyrics, people take note and her star begins to rise anew. In the spectacle-driven opener of her comeback tour, she is lowered from a helicopter, hundreds of feet above her adoring fans, while firing a prop Colt .45 at the fireworks filled stage. Tasia is riding high.

Until she's killed by a bullet to the neck, before a shocked crowd of 30,000.

When video can't prove the shot came from Tasia's Colt .45 and the ballistics report comes up empty, the authorities call in forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett to do a psychological autopsy and help avert a political disaster. But as Jo sifts through the facts, she only finds more questions: Did Tasia kill herself in one last cry for attention? Were those lyrics the ranting of a paranoid woman losing her grip? Or warnings from a woman afraid and in danger? And most disturbing of all: Just what does Tasia's death mean for a president-and in fact a nation- teetering on the brink of catastrophe?

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