March 11th, 2013

3 Lies


You probably thought I was going to write about politics, there – ha, ha! No, just a book review, instead, but a very good book: 3 Lies, by Helen Hanson…

Actually this is just the kind of book I really like, featuring sympathetic characters, an unusual plot, settings in places I’d hang out in if I could, and lost of really good, crisp, witty, even hilarious writing. The main character, Clint, is a likeable fellow whose software has changed the world. After ten years on the nonstop treadmill, Clint has dropped out and is living on a boat called the No Moor.

Running through the book as its plottish backbone is a terrorist scheme involving the supreme court. We discover the details little by little through the eyes of main characters Beth Sutton, who is kidnapped, and Clint, her boyfriend, who desperately searches for her. Beth suffers from a condition that requires dialysis every three days. When she is kidnapped and the ordeal stretches on far longer without her equipment, her situation becomes dire. Clint’s struggle to find her turns into a classic race against time.

Helen Hanson

I became totally caught up in the story, even as red herrings kept cropping up to distract me. Like Clint’s soon-to-be ex-wife announcing she’s about to have the baby they always wanted. Wouldn’t you know it – she’s a lawyer! Or Clint’s longtime business partner and childhood friend, Todd, pressuring him to come back to work. Or Beth’s uncle, the esteemed Supreme Court Justice, who out of the clear blue sky slaps a restraining order on him.

No matter if the world goes slightly haywire, here in 3 Lies. The ending is supremely satisfying, as any good thriller should be. If you enjoy a little humor mixed in with your action and thrills, don’t miss this book by Helen Hanson.


Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with Doing Max Vinyl and followed with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. Saving Raine, the first book in Fred's entirely new series, The Drone Wars, appeared in December 2013, and was followed by its sequel, Inferno, in June 2014.

A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.

When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.

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