By David Ellis
A girl accused of homicide is stuck in a tortuous mental maze that leaves her just one escape—suicide. Or does it? instructed in opposite chronological order, from its enigmatic finish to its excellent starting, In the corporate of Liars is a tantalizing journey de force—a “compelling new novel of intrigue, homicide, and terrorism” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
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She wanted it settled. She confessed her sins before she killed herself. ” McCoy sighs. ” Her team shows up quietly, parking their dark sedans the next street over and coming through the backyard. This kind of crime scene isn’t their typical protocol; the feds don’t often investigate homicides. But this one doesn’t require much detail, anyway. They photograph the scene, dust for prints, gather hairs and fibers, test for residue on Allison’s gun hand, finally carry the body out in a covered stretcher.
ONE DAY EARLIER M O N D AY, M AY 1 0 am Haroon already jogged today, so he is annoyed that he has to don the outfit and run again, at the ungodly hour of eleven at night. He is surprised to find that he’s not alone out here, that a few other lunatics are running in the cool air. There is a path that winds around a park near the university, a one-mile loop that begins—and ends—at a marker with a couple of benches and a drinking fountain made of stone. A runner is kneeling near the fountain, tying a shoe.
He walks under the tape, stops on the front lawn, looks around, finally focuses on Jane. “Agent McCoy,” he says. ” He puts his hands on his hips, wets his lips. ” She nods. ” He sighs deeply, seems to deflate. Hurry up and stop— he was in the full heat of trial mode, and now the defendant is dead. “No sign of forced entry,” McCoy elaborates. “No sign of foul play at all. ” Ogren does not take the news well. The woman he was prosecuting, driven to suicide. “You were going for the death penalty, anyway,” McCoy says.