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Simply Lies by David Baldacci
Published by Grand Central Publishing on April 18, 2023
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
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Mickey Gibson, single mother and former detective, leads a hectic life similar to that of many moms: juggling the demands of her two small children with the tasks of her job working remotely for ProEye, a global investigation company that hunts down wealthy tax and credit cheats.
When Mickey gets a call from a colleague named Arlene Robinson, she thinks nothing of Arlene’s unusual request for her to go inventory the vacant home of an arms dealer who cheated ProEye’s clients and fled. That is, until she arrives at the mansion to discover a dead body in a secret room—and that nothing is as it seems.
Not only does the arms dealer not exist but the murder victim turns out to be Harry Lancaster, a man with mob ties who used to be in Witness Protection. What’s more, no one named Arlene Robinson works at ProEye.
In the blink of an eye, Gibson has become a prime suspect in a murder investigation—and now her job is also on the line until she proves that she was set up. Before long, Gibson is locked in a battle of wits with a brilliant woman with no name, a hidden past, and unknown motives—whose end game is as mysterious as it is deadly.
I’ve enjoyed many books and series by David Baldacci. Simply Lies is possibly a standalone or the start of a new series. The main character is Mickey Gibson. She is a divorced, single mom with two kids under 5. She has been a police officer and works for a private firm from home searching for assets of criminals. I enjoyed her father, who is a retired cop, but we didn’t see much of her mother.
The beginning was slow to read. There were a lot of characters and events, a lot of details, and other than the main character Mickey, it was hard to tell who were the good guys and who was bad, what was truth and what was lies. Mickey gets jerked around by a bunch of people who are threatening her family. It kept her on edge (and me). One woman was her primary frenemy on working the murder case. Mickey is a lot more calm and forgiving than most people.
The pace picked up and really moved just after halfway. Before that, it just seemed like an overwhelming amount of data but without the crucial facts to organize it. I enjoyed when she got smarter and figured out more things. I don’t plan to say too much as I don’t want to spoil anything. It was fascinating as she worked with her frenemy more and they develop some new allies. I wonder if they will continue to work together and this will be a new series. I’d love that now that I am more familiar with these characters.
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