Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Book Review: '3 Truths and a Lie' by Lisa Gardner


In Lisa Gardner’s short story, “Three Truths and a Lie,” Detective D. D. Warren of Boston Homicide has agreed to fly to Wisconsin to address approximately one hundred bestselling and aspiring thriller writers about “real-world policing.” D. D. is not looking forward to the experience. Ironically, Lisa Gardner herself would likely be in the audience, along with her fellow luminaries, Karin Slaughter and Kathy Reichs, who are mentioned by name. Warren worries that her talk will bore authors who consider serial killers to be a dime a dozen; believe that DNA evidence is speedily processed; and emphasize blood and gore over actual detective work.

Quickly, D. D. comes up with a solution. She will discuss one of her strangest cases (“It involves a seedy motel, a hooker, and a dismembered leg.”) and challenge the attendees to solve it. She also instructs them to distinguish the three truths from the lie. This is a brief exercise in forensics, suspect interrogation, crime scene analysis, and psychological profiling. D. D. holds everyone’s attention, and the participants have a good time playing detective. “Three Truths and a Lie” is an entertaining brain-teaser that will amuse amateur sleuths.



Editor's note: This review was written by Eleanor Bukowsky and has been reposted with permission. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right

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