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Telling Lies by Cathi Stoler
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it was amazing
Read in April, 2011

In her first book, Telling Lies, Cathi Stoler has written a complex plot filled with lots of lies and intrigue. The action begins immediately when Laurel Imperiole runs into a man in a museum in Florence, Italy. Not exactly stunning until Laurel recognizes the man as someone who shouldn't even be alive. The action starts here and carries readers through the world of glamorous high-end art from Italy to the United States mingling in the dark world of art stolen by the Nazis in World War II.

Cathi's carefully crafted story keeps you turning pages as Laurel, a Manhattan magazine editor, and her friend, private investigator Helen McCorendale, unravel a hideous plan that keeps the reader guessing to the end. Helen works undercover while Laurel strives to discover why she ran into someone who's supposed to be dead. The lies and subterfuge get bolder and more desperate as Laurel finds herself in the middle of an international mess as a well-known Massod agent enters the picture with his own agenda.

While Laurel and Helen work under the surface, Laurel's boyfriend Aaron, an NYPD cop, pursues the criminal elements from the law's perspective with an FBI pal who specializes in art fraud and left. Things really heat up as Laurel's efforts to learn more about what's going on back the bad guys into a bleak corner. They come out with murderous intent that leaves a lot of collateral damage along the way.

The story moves smoothly thanks to the author giving the location of events at every chapter's opening. She has skillfully crafted an intricate story that is provoking and satisfying to the end.

By Leigh Neely
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