A. D. Garrett

Everyone Lies

"..this reviewer isn't lying when I say this book should be on everyone's reading list for the summer."


DI Kate Simms is on the fast track to nowhere. Five years ago she helped a colleague when she shouldn't have. She's been clawing her way back from demotion ever since.

Professor Nick Fennimore is a failed genetics student, successful gambler, betting agent, crime scene officer, chemistry graduate, toxicology specialist and one-time scientific advisor to the National Crime Faculty. He is the best there is, but ever since his wife and daughter disappeared he's been hiding away in Scotland, working as a forensics lecturer.

In Manchester, drug addicts are turning up dead and Simms' superior is only too pleased to hand the problem to her. Then a celebrity dies and the media gets interested. Another overdose victim shows up, but this time the woman has been systematically beaten and all identifying features removed.

The evidence doesn't add up; Simms' superiors seem to be obstructing her investigation; and the one person she can't afford to associate with is the one man who can help: Fennimore.

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A D Garrett is the pen name for psychological thriller writer, Margaret Murphy and forensics expert, Professor Dave Barclay. Together they have created a highly intelligent thriller with two intriguing and multi-faceted lead characters. The main characters of Simms and Fennimore are both tortured souls with demons in their past. Throughout the book we are given hints of their back stories piecemeal and entwined with the plot they are relevant and their characteristics make perfect sense. 'Everyone Lies' is a highly intelligent thriller. It's more than a police procedural and more than a psychological thriller; it's in a class all of its own. The plot is dark and thunders along at a cracking pace. It is thoroughly researched and the scenes of police investigation are accurate and engaging. This thriller truly is thrilling and although everyone lies in the book, this reviewer isn't lying when I say this book should be on everyone's reading list for the summer.

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