Where the Truth Lies by Rupert Holmes
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Where the Truth Lies is a tour de force of sinister mystery, sly comedy, grand cuisine, and incredible sex—a sensual, sardonic, neo-Dickensian thriller in which a latter-day Alice careens through the seductive Wonderland of New York and Los Angeles in the dark heart of the 1970s.

This novel of intrigue speeds from one vivid setting to another, all of them factually real even as they are fantastically surreal: a clandestine club in Disneyland with a dazzlingly well stocked bar; a dizzying Shangri-La of a castle hidden away in Burbank; a drive-in movie theater nestled below the most chic streets of midtown Manhattan; an elegant table for four perched thirty thousand feet above the earth.

Written by Edgar, Tony, and Grammy Award winner Rupert Holmes (who first came to public attention in the mid-seventies as a singer and writer of story songs), Where the Truth Lies will wine and dine you in wickedly whimsical company, all the while luring you into a labyrinth of ever-sharpening bends and darkening corners.

The tale is told by O’Connor, a vivacious, free-spirited young journalist known for her penetrating celebrity interviews and bent on unearthing secrets long ago buried by the handsome showbiz team of singer Vince Collins and comic Lanny Morris. These two highly desirable men, once inseparable (and insatiable where women were concerned), were driven apart by a bizarre and unexplained death that may have cast one of them as a murderer.

As the tart-tongued, eye-catching O’Connor ventures deeper into this unsolved mystery, she finds herself compromisingly coiled around both men, knowing more about them than they realize and less than she might like, but increasingly fearful that she now knows far too much.

At once funny, frightening, delightful, and disturbing as it restores the opulent Hollywood and Manhattan of the seventies to their garish glory, Where the Truth Lies drops its veils like a giddy and voluptuous Salome who knows not what reward or punishment awaits her when she is at last naked. It is the work of a master storyteller and wit at the very top of his form.


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About Rupert Holmes

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For his Broadway musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rupert Holmes became the first person in theatrical history to solely receive Tony Awards for Best Book, Best Music, and Best Lyrics, while Drood itself won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The Mystery Writers of America gave Holmes their coveted Edgar Award for his Broadway comedy-thriller Accomplice, the second time he received their highest honor. He created and wrote all four seasons of the critically acclaimed Emmy Award–winning series Remember WENN, and most recently authored the Broadway hit Say Goodnight, Gracie, based on the life of George Burns. Holmes began his career in the seventies as the writer and composer of songs so intricate that many have been included in mystery collections from Ellery Queen. The Los Angeles Times has stated that “Rupert Holmes is an American treasure.” Where the Truth Lies is his first novel; the film rights have been acquired by Atom Egoyan, director of The Sweet Hereafter. Holmes is currently working on a second novel for Random House, to be published in 2004.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published June 24, 2003 by Random House. 432 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Erotica. Fiction

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Sly young reporter digs into the seamy past of a comedy team who are no longer on speaking terms.

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Publishers Weekly

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Holmes is an award-winning Broadway playwright and composer (The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Accomplice), so it's only appropri

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(July)Forecast:With the intriguing combination of a Broadway name as a first novelist, a sensational plot, an attractive reader's edition for BEA and a hearty push from its editor, Jon Karp, this is bound to be one of the more talked-about fiction debuts of the summer.

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K. O'Connor, the narrator of Rupert Holmes' giddily sordid show-biz mystery Where The Truth Lies, is an early-'70s personality reporter who...

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Jerry Lewis might seem like an odd jumping-off point for an exploration of the entertainment industry's underbelly, but there's a reason novelist Rupert Holmes chose a Lewis surrogate as one of the focal points for Where The Truth Lies, a mystery about the mysterious death of a young woman as it ...

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Holmes' own infatuation with the scaly underside of bygone pop iconography (fostered by his years as a hit-making singer-songwriter in the '70s) gives Where The Truth Lies an enthusiastic charge, as it becomes clear how much joy he takes in re-creating the world of his Martin & Lewis stand-ins, e...

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Chicago Tribune

As Morris, Collins and O'Connor struggle against each other and the weight of revelations long-buried, their fates become inextricably linked.

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Variety

A lifelong fan for reasons that are partly personal, Karen brandishes her million-dollar book contract like a search warrant, as if it entitled her free access to every last shred of personal history, although Vince has a financial motive as well.

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