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Author: William Lashner Narrator: Ken Howard Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Victor Carl Series Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780061344367
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"I suppose every hundred million dollars has its own sordid story and the hundred million I am chasing is no exception..." So begins Veritas, William Lashner's riveting follow-up to his bestselling debut novel, Hostile Witness. Victor Carl -- lawyer, loser, hapless hero of Hostile Witness, and a Philadelphian way out of his element -- has come to the sweat-drenched jungles of Belize to chase his fortune. Finding it is something else entirely.

Coerced into defending an unpleasant parade of mob enforcers, two-bit hoods, and other Philadelphian riffraff, Carl wants out of his shabby, squalid life more than ever. So when a terrified young woman offers Carl an unusual -- but substantial -- proposition, he leaps at the opportunity to trade in his grubby existence for a life of wealthy excess.

The job -- proving that the recent suicide of wealthy Philadelphian heiress Jacqueline Shaw was not a suicide at all but murder -- plunges Carl into an eerie shadow world, where events buried deep in the past exert an awful weight in the present, a world of overturned gravesites, gruesome secrets, and a haunted, lonely estate that houses the broken and dying heirs of a once-powerful family.

Simultaneously caught up in an exploding mob war and the machinations of an avaricious cult, Carl realizes too late that he's in way over his head, as he races against time to collect his fee and get out alive. As Carl edges closer to the truth, a truth that is concealed in the mists of a bygone era and now awaits him in the rainforests of Belize, he learns firsthand that the most terrifying darkness crouches not in the heart of the jungle surrounding him but in the deepest yearnings of the human soul.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A zinger of a novel…Flawless prose weaves a dark and complicated plot that leaves you on the edge of your seat.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A compelling mystery…Funny and fast reading.”

    USA Today

  • “Wonderful writing…a full plate of suspense…Lashner’s style picks up where the great hard-boiled writer Raymond Chandler left off.”

    Lexington (TN) Herald-Leader

  • “The most complete American novel I’ve read in years…A constantly unfolding succession of revelations and still greater mysteries like the blooming of a lotus.”

    Philadelphia Forum

  • “Flawless…a gripping thriller.”

    Orlando (FL) Sentinal

  • AShamus Award Nominee
  • AUSA Today bestseller

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Burt | 2/26/2013

    " I can't recommend this book. It is to long and not a great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 11/17/2012

    " Great historical thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. I love the narrator's self-deprecating voice and the detailed background of Philadelphia's Main Line. There's something for everyone - a mob tale, a family's historical saga through the 20th century and a love story. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 5/18/2012

    " This was a spectacular read. Well written and well developed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/11/2011

    " some really nice plot twists "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clayfem | 5/22/2011

    " A great book to listen to while on the treadmill. There are enough twist and turns to keep the listener wanting to know whodunit. Even though I really enjoyed the book the plausability is debatable, I think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Burt | 12/4/2010

    " I can't recommend this book. It is to long and not a great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 3/19/2009

    " This was a spectacular read. Well written and well developed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clayfem | 11/14/2008

    " A great book to listen to while on the treadmill. There are enough twist and turns to keep the listener wanting to know whodunit. Even though I really enjoyed the book the plausability is debatable, I think. "

About the Author

Luke Daniels, winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and a finalist for the Audie Award for best narration, is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction. His background is in classical theater and film, and he has performed at repertory theaters around the country.

About the Narrator

Ken Howard, an American actor, is best known for his roles as Thomas Jefferson in 1776 and as basketball coach Ken Reeves in the television show The White Shadow. He served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 2009–2012.