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3.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 5 3.29 (21 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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Where the Truth Lies is a tour de force of sinister mystery, sly comedy, grand cuisine, and incredible sex—a sensual, sardonic, neo-Dickensian thriller in which a latter-day Alice careens through the seductive Wonderland of New York and Los Angeles in the dark heart of the 1970s.


This novel of intrigue speeds from one vivid setting to another, all of them factually real even as they are fantastically surreal: a clandestine club in Disneyland with a dazzlingly well stocked bar; a dizzying Shangri-La of a castle hidden away in Burbank; a drive-in movie theater nestled below the most chic streets of midtown Manhattan; an elegant table for four perched thirty thousand feet above the earth.

Written by Edgar, Tony, and Grammy Award winner Rupert Holmes (who first came to public attention in the mid-seventies as a singer and writer of story songs), Where the Truth Lies will wine and dine you in wickedly whimsical company, all the while luring you into a labyrinth of ever-sharpening bends and darkening corners.

The tale is told by O’Connor, a vivacious, free-spirited young journalist known for her penetrating celebrity interviews and 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 that may have cast one of them as a 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.

At once funny, frightening, delightful, and disturbing as it restores the opulent Hollywood and Manhattan of the seventies to their garish glory, Where the Truth Lies drops its veils like a giddy and voluptuous Salome who knows not what reward or punishment awaits her when she is at last naked. It is the work of a master storyteller and wit at the very top of his form.

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  • 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.