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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Greer Macallister Narrator: Julia Whelan, Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781491585207
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Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician’s Lie, a debut novel in which the country’s most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband’s murder—and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.

The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden’s husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear.

But when Virgil happens upon the fleeing magician and takes her into custody, she has a very different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless—and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding. Over the course of one eerie night, Virgil must decide whether to turn Arden in or set her free…and it will take all he has to see through the smoke and mirrors.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A suspenseful and well-researched tale of magic, secrets, and betrayal that will keep you guessing until the end.”

    J. Courtney Sullivan, New York Times bestselling author of Maine

  • “Readers may well compare Greer’s novel to The Night Circus, as it revolves around the mysterious world of magic and illusions… the story is spun like a bard’s hypnotic tale. By the end, the reader is left wondering what is real and what is illusion.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • "[A] well-paced, evocative, and adventurous historical novel.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Macallister…has created a captivating world of enchantment and mystery that readers will be loath to leave.”

    Library Journal

  • “Nick Podehl and Julia Whelan provide distinctly different deliveries of this novel’s main characters…Whelan’s voice has a sultry tone as the magician captures her audience, enticing them with intrigue and passion. As the policeman, Podehl is anxious to a fault. His edgy, despondent tone conveys the officer’s need to know the magician’s story. The two narrators work well together.”


  • Selected for the January 2015 Indie Next List
  • A January 2015 LibraryReads Pick
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