Review: 'In the Company of Liars' by David Ellis
"In the Company of Liars" is thriller/suspense author David Ellis' fourth novel, published in 2006. It is my introduction to Ellis' novels, a total of 12 which have been published to date.
The book opens with the death, an apparent suicide, of Alison Pagone, a published author and defendant in a sensational murder trial. Her body is discovered by two FBI agents who have had reasons of their own to have an interest in the woman -- and those reasons have very little to do with whether she is guilty or innocent of the murder with which she is charged.
Then the author used a technique that is at first baffling, but then quickly sweeps the reader deeper into the story: Ellis made use of reverse chronology.
As a reader, I was initially taken aback at this technique and began to wonder how a plot resolution would be reached. Hang on to your seats, though, because you'll soon forget all about the order of the action as you become engrossed in the secrets and lies that abound. By mid-book, you'll no longer know who are the "good guys" and the "bad guys."
"In the Company of Liars" is one of Ellis' five stand alone novels. He has co-authored three novels with James Patterson and authored four books in the Jason Kolarich series. I don't know about you, but my reading appetite has been whet. I want to read some of Ellis' other offerings.
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