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By James Siegel
Read by Dylan Baker
Hachette Audio, (2006)
Abridged Recording on 5 CDs
ISBN: 1-59483-216-1
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed by Herbert White - August 31, 2006

James Siegel scores another hit with his action packed thriller, Deceit. Here we find Tome Valle, a journalist with a tarnished reputation. The story's nexus is set on a lonely road that was the sight of a deadly car crash. On the surface, it looks like just an unfortunate accident, but Valle soon begins to suspect that something more sinister occurred that dark night and he hopes that by uncovering the truth of the matter he will regain his reputation and his status as a star reporter. There are, however, other forces in play that are willing to do whatever it takes to keep Valle from uncovering the truth.

Deceit is read by the eloquent Dylan Baker, who has appeared in a variety of movies including Along Came a Spider and Thirteen Days and television shows such as Law and Order and Strangers with Candy. His reading heightens the tension inherent in the story, and he deftly gives life to Siegel's complex characters.

The title of the book is apt. Valle was the cause of his own downfall, having penned numerous fake news stories for a prestigious newspaper. After such an inglorious fall, the only work he could find was doing hack writing for a tiny, nondescript newspaper. To redeem himself, he will have to make use of all of his atrophied journalistic skills as he investigates the deadly car accident. Valle soon uncovers proof of stolen identities, discovers that a supposedly dead man is acutely alive, instances of corruption, and the truth about several murders. While Valle knows he is on to something big, no one will believe him, due to his past misdeeds. His only hope for redemption - uncover the truth, and the hard proof to back it up. A task that is easier said than done.

Deceit is written in a different format than Siegel's other two bestsellers Derailed and Detour, and is, in its own right, an excellent book that is sure to soon find a place on the bestseller lists. Valle is a marvelously flawed character whom you know deserved everything that he got and who still isn't the nicest person in the world, but you still want him to succeed in uncovering the truth. Best of all, the story is rich in detail, has lots of twists and turns, and is entertaining. Deceit offers a pleasant adrenalin rush that will keep you listening to the book without pause.

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