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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (173 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rupert Holmes Narrator: Kathe Mazur Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2003 ISBN: 9780736698245
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O’Connor, a vivacious, free-spirited young journalist known for her penetrating celebrity interviews, is bent on unearthing secrets long ago buried by the handsome showbiz team of singer Vince Collins and comic Lanny Morris. These two highly desirable men, once inseparable (and insatiable, where women were concerned), were driven apart by a bizarre and unexplained death in which one of them may have played the part of murderer. As the tart-tongued, eye-catching O’Connor ventures deeper into this unsolved mystery, she finds herself compromisingly coiled around both men, knowing more about them than they realize and less than she might like, but increasingly fearful that she now knows far too much.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “A hilarious send-up of the entertainment industry. USA Today
  • Where the Truth Lies is a beguiling suspense novel.  It's sexy and surprising, witty and intriguing.  I was hooked from the very first page. CANDACE BUSHNELL, author of Sex in the City and Four Blondes
  • “A big, juicy book with pungent dialogue, vivid descriptions, [and] outsized characters . . . It’s not surprise that when Holmes wrote a mystery it would prove so entertaining. . . . Where the Truth Lies is a labor of love. Every scrap of lawyerese or Mafia-speak, every tidbit of Hollywood lore, every scene of mental or physical intoxication, every tightening of suspense is beautifully rendered, polished to a sheen. Holmes seduces us. Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • “Holmes, who has won honors galore for his inventive storytelling on Broadway, [delivers] a giddy fun-house ride through bygone eras. The New York Times Book Review
  • “[A] tour de force . . . Pulitzers . . . do not commonly go to mysteries. But for Holmes to win his third Edgar—for first mystery novel—that would not be out of the question. Chicago Sun-Times
  • “Delectable . . . a wonderfully witty first novel . . . It’ll keep you tossing and turning pages all night long! Newsweek
  • “Holmes is . . . one of those gifted people who seem able to do anything they want with the English language. So it’s no surprise that [his] mystery . . . would prove so entertaining. Every tightening of the suspense . . . is beautifully rendered, polished to a sheen. Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • “Engrossing from start to finish. Entertainment Weekly
  • “Giddily sordid, ridiculously pleasurable. The Onion
  • “Entertaining . . . Fictional characters collide with real showbiz people as Holmes deftly re-creates the smoky, seductive mood of the disco decade. His breezy, witty prose perfectly captures an era when style meant more than substance, airlines served gourmet in-flight meals, and charity telethons were the only reality shows on TV. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • “Highly recommended . . . Notable for its wit, snappy dialog, and uncanny sense of Hollywood glitz, backstage politics, and dirty deeds . . . [A] can’t-miss novel. Library Journal (starred review)
  • “Days after you finish this book, you’ll still feel the narrator’s voice elbowing through your brain. Fully realized characters, ruthless commentary, and a beautifully dark sense of humor—all masquerading as a hyper-clever mystery. You won’t look at the truth the same way again. BRAD MELTZER, author of The Millionaires
  • “[Holmes] is a gifted plotter . . . . The story line is refreshing. People
  • “Literate, witty, and atmospheric . . . What will probably knock [readers] out is the dead-on way Holmes captures the comedy team’s speech cadences and sybaritic habits, making what is known of Martin and Lewis’ wild celebrity ride a compelling backdrop for villainy. Booklist (boxed and starred review)
  • A taut thriller . . . Swiftly paced . . .[Where the Truth Lies] builds in intensity and in plot development right to the final twists. Houston Chronicle
  • “Rupert Holmes seats you gently next to an irresistible narrator only to entangle you completely in her twisted, dark, exhilarating troubles. The ensuing thriller crosses a Dickensian world of deceit and destiny with the slipping glory of 1970s New York and Los Angeles. Every character is so alive with delicious secrets that you’ll never suspect Where the Truth Lies. MATTHEW PEARL, author of The Dante Club
  • Deliciously entertaining . . . Holmes sustains intrigue until the denouement. New York Daily News
  • “Exceedingly clever . . . A slick, often sophisticated piece of popular fiction. The Washington Post
  • “Five pages into Rupert Holmes’s Where the Truth Lies, I was intrigued. Twenty pages in, I was laughing. A hundred pages in, my wife told me to turn off the damned light already and come to bed. This is a book astonishing not only for its intricate plot and rich characters but for the ways in which it finds humor in the darkest of places. ERIC GARCIA, author of Anonymous Rex and Matchstick Men
  • “Splashy and amusing . . . [A] sickly funny showbiz romp with lots of great scenery. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • Hugely entertaining . . . Witty, sexy and suspenseful . . . Holmes has a wonderful feeling for period detail. . . . A glittering ride. Publishers Weekly
  • “A sexy, intriguing story. Hartford Courant
  • “Rupert Holmes is a genius. JASON ALEXANDER

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 7/30/2013

    " Adult fiction; mystery/suspense. There are lots of twists in this one for people who enjoy mysteries, and lots of other stuff for people who don't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 6/25/2013

    " The book is better than the film. Changing Vince's background changed the character and motivatioons of Vince. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/1/2013

    " The book was great, the movie was TERRIBLE. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bernadette | 5/13/2012

    " Interesting Martin & Lewis mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ems | 3/12/2012

    " Part trashy read, part emotional novel, Holmes keeps up the pace so you don't want to put it down and then sprinkles in some phrases so gorgeous you just stare at them. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 11/1/2011

    " Didn't make it through the first chapter. Perhaps writing as a woman wasn't his best idea. BLECH. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 10/11/2011

    " One of my favorite books ever. I could read it again and again. Loved the narration - personally I couldn't tell that the author was male. I recommended this book to my husband and he loved it as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 7/30/2011

    " I loved this surprising book. Although I'm tempted to watch the movie adaptation, i think I'll stay away from it. I don't want to spoil my mental movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Duretta | 7/15/2011

    " It certainly is fascinating...a veiled story of the Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis partnership with some shocking secrets revealed. Ultimately, though, it becomes too over-the-top. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissie | 5/14/2011

    " I LOVED this book--twists and turns--gangsters, drugs and murder. However, the movie made me want to turn in my membership card for the Colin Firth Fan Club. STAY AWAY from the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 4/28/2011

    " good book, bad movie, although i otherwise enjoy egoyan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Fitzsimmons | 4/1/2011

    " Holmes is a terrific writer. Good story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cat | 10/6/2010

    " set in the 70's in hollywood, a journalist delves into the dark secrets of a comedy duo. All a bit surreal and depraved. too weak for a good detective novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bernadette | 9/26/2010

    " Interesting Martin & Lewis mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 7/26/2010

    " It certainly is fascinating...a veiled story of the Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis partnership with some shocking secrets revealed. Ultimately, though, it becomes too over-the-top. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/19/2010

    " The book was great, the movie was TERRIBLE. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 7/27/2009

    " good book, bad movie, although i otherwise enjoy egoyan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ems | 7/26/2008

    " Part trashy read, part emotional novel, Holmes keeps up the pace so you don't want to put it down and then sprinkles in some phrases so gorgeous you just stare at them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 7/16/2008

    " Adult fiction; mystery/suspense. There are lots of twists in this one for people who enjoy mysteries, and lots of other stuff for people who don't. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cat | 4/15/2008

    " set in the 70's in hollywood, a journalist delves into the dark secrets of a comedy duo. All a bit surreal and depraved. too weak for a good detective novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissie | 3/8/2008

    " I LOVED this book--twists and turns--gangsters, drugs and murder. However, the movie made me want to turn in my membership card for the Colin Firth Fan Club. STAY AWAY from the movie. "

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About the Author

Rupert Holmes is a two-time Edgar Award–winning novelist, playwright, composer, screenwriter, conductor, singer, and songwriter. His first novel,Where the Truth Lies, was nominated for the Nero Wolfe Award for Best American Mystery Novel, was a Booklist top ten debut novel, and was made into an Atom Egoyan motion picture starring Colin Firth and Kevin Bacon. Holmes is the first person in theatrical history to solely win Tony awards as an author, a composer, and a lyricist. He has been married for over forty years to childhood sweetheart and grown-up attorney Liza Holmes. They have two sons, and they currently live along the Hudson River in upstate New York.

About the Narrator

Kathe Mazur has narrated many audiobooks, winning the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2014, being named a finalist for the Audie Award in 2013 and 2015, and winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she can be seen as DDA Hobbs on The Closer and in the upcoming Major Crimes. She has worked extensively in film, theater, and television, including appearances on Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, House, Brothers and Sisters, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, ER, Monk, and many others.