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Elizabeth Miles scours 1920’s Washington, D.C. for a killer in the first Counterfeit Lady novel from the author of the New York Times bestselling Gaslight mysteries.
Every woman plays a part—but some are more dangerous than others…
Like most women, Elizabeth Miles assumes many roles; unlike most, hers have made her a woman on the run. Living on the edge of society, Elizabeth uses her guile to relieve so-called respectable men of their ill-gotten gains. But brutal and greedy entrepreneur Oscar Thornton is out for blood. He’s lost a great deal of money and is not going to forgive a woman for outwitting him. With his thugs hot on her trail, Elizabeth seizes the moment to blend in with a group of women who have an agenda of their own.
She never expects to like or understand these privileged women, but she soon comes to respect their intentions, forming an unlikely bond with the wealthy matriarch of the group whose son Gideon is the rarest of species—an honest man in a dishonest world. She knows she’s playing a risky game, and her deception could be revealed at any moment, possibly even by sharp-eyed Gideon. Nor has she been forgotten by Thornton, who’s biding his time within this gilded orbit, waiting to strike. Elizabeth must draw on her wits and every last ounce of courage she possesses to keep her new life from being cut short by this vicious shadow from her past.
First Line: “Jake looked much too smug…”
With vivid character mannerisms, heavy historical influence and just the right amount of romance, Thompson has created an extraordinary foundation for a series. City of Lies has unparalleled imagery as we follow a female con artist who crosses paths with a man … a man who very much wants her dead. Readers will be instantaneously transported to the early 20th century and thrust into the action.
Elizabeth Miles is a chameleon. She changes her last name faster than taking her next step. But Elizabeth isn’t the only one hiding behind a façade. Revenge is lurking and waiting for the right opportunity to strike. To add to the existing complications, Elizabeth meets Oscar, a man with the power to ruin her. When she tries to escape him by mixing in with a group of upper-crust ladies, she never expects to fit in — or to find a man who could win her over. Only time will tell if Elizabeth will be safe from treachery — and love. (BERKLEY, Nov., 320 pp., $26.00)