Once a Liar (Paperback)

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A. F. Brady’s psychological thriller invites the reader to root for a terrible person.  Her anti-protagonist is everything that people can’t stand.  Yet, somewhere in there is a chance at redemption and the possibility of a new beginning.  The book moves from the present to the past giving us the chance to understand what makes the man.
Peter Caine is a liar.  He’s also a sociopath and a liar.  He is a high paid defense attorney who will work to get his clients off any way he can and a liar.  He doesn’t appear to have any redeeming qualities whatsoever, because he’s a liar.  The only place where he is brutally honest is as the narrator of his own story.  In A. F. Brady’s newest novel, he admits to everything.  Yes, he fabricated his entire past, including his name in order to get into Northwestern and Cornell Law School.  He believes he attached himself to the most powerful defense attorney he could find to further his own career.  Then he married the man’s daughter, mostly to cement his place in the firm.  He fathered a son because it was expected and made him look the complete family man.  He has affairs purely for the sexual gratification they give him.  However, he is not guilty of murder.  But, for obvious reasons, most people think he is and the evidence is piling up against him.  Yet, he did not kill his mistress.  The question is whether he can convince anyone of his innocence, because, after all, he’s a liar.

— From Karen B.


In this electrifying psychological thriller, a high-powered sociopath meets his reckoning when he's accused of the brutal murder of his mistress.

Did he kill Charlie Doyle? And if he didn't...who did?

Peter Caine, a cutthroat Manhattan defense attorney, worked ruthlessly to become the best at his job. On the surface, he is charming and handsome, but inside he is cold and heartless. He fights without remorse to acquit murderers, pedophiles and rapists.

When Charlie Doyle, the daughter of the Manhattan DA--and Peter's former lover--is murdered, Peter's world is quickly sent into a tailspin. He becomes the prime suspect as the DA, a professional enemy of Peter's, embarks on a witch hunt to avenge his daughter's death, stopping at nothing to ensure Peter is found guilty of the murder.

In the challenge of his career and his life, Peter races against the clock to prove his innocence. As the evidence mounts against him, he's forced to begin unraveling his own dark web of lies and confront the sins of his past. But the truth of who killed Charlie Doyle is more twisted and sinister than anyone could have imagined...

Product Details
ISBN: 9780778369974
ISBN-10: 0778369978
Publisher: Park Row
Publication Date: January 29th, 2019
Pages: 384
Language: English
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