book cover of Where The Truth Lies

Where The Truth Lies

(2003)
A novel by

 
 
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.

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.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"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

"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

"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


Similar books by other authors

thumb
May
(May, book 1)
Marietta Miles
thumb
Harm None
(Davies & West Mystery, book 1)
Will North

Used availability for Rupert Holmes's Where The Truth Lies

Hardback Editions

June 2003 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Where the Truth Lies: A Novel
Author(s): Rupert Holmes
ISBN: 0-679-45220-6 / 978-0-679-45220-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

May 2007 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Where the Truth Lies
Author(s): Rupert Holmes
ISBN: 0-7490-8139-2 / 978-0-7490-8139-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


May 2006 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Where the Truth Lies
Author(s): Rupert Holmes
ISBN: 0-7490-8219-4 / 978-0-7490-8219-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allison & Busby
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2004 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Where the Truth Lies: A Novel
Author(s): Rupert Holmes
ISBN: 0-8129-7223-6 / 978-0-8129-7223-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

December 2019 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Where the Truth Lies: A Novel
Author(s): Rupert Holmes
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   


December 2019 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Where the Truth Lies: A Novel
Author(s): Rupert Holmes
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2003 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Where the Truth Lies
Author(s): Rupert Holmes
ISBN: 0-7366-9414-5 / 978-0-7366-9414-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
thumb

Title: Where the Truth Lies
Author(s): Rupert Holmes
ISBN: 0-7393-0739-8 / 978-0-7393-0739-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2003 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: Where the Truth Lies
Author(s): Rupert Holmes
ISBN: 0-7393-0457-7 / 978-0-7393-0457-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Where the Truth Lies: A Novel
Author(s): Rupert Holmes
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA