Favors and Lies

Mark Gilleo
The Story Plant (2014) 
ISBN 9781611881455
Reviewed by Michel Violante for Reader Views (9/14) 

Article first published as Book Review: ‘Favors and Lies’ by Mark Gilleo on Blogcritics.

“Favors and Lies” by Mark Gilleo begins with private detective Dan Lord delivering divorce documents to a federal judge at a local club in downtown Washington DC. Lord works only for very select clientele and so delivers these documents in disguise in an effort to avoid being recognized by the judge’s bodyguards. Later that night Lord receives a desperate call from his brother’s widow saying that her 18 year old son is dying, but before he can ask any questions the call gets disconnected.  Lord runs over to his sister-in-law’s house only to find her dead in a closet, and his nephew missing.  The police are called in and rule the death of his sister-in-law to be a suicide.  The next day his nephew is found dead from an apparent overdose under a bridge in one of the worst areas in DC. Knowing that his sister-in-law would never kill herself and that his nephew wasn’t a drug addict, Dan Lord tells the police about the call he received from her the night before and explains that his nephew was a good student at the University. However, to his surprise the police found no record of such call…and so the favors and lies begin in his quest for the truth, each step leading to more questions than answers.

I was hooked from the beginning by the twists and turns of this captivating plot. Gilleo’s writing style is perfect and at just the right pace, pulling the reader into a complex storyline from start to end. I loved the combination of unique characters on top of the resourcefulness of Lord combined with the inexperienced young intern who helped him.  The characters are well-developed and the complex plot flows easily as it thrills and entertains the reader. 

“Favors and Lies” by Mark Gilleo is definitely one of the best reads I have had this year and one that I would highly recommend to all lovers of detective stories. A high five stars in my book for this is sure to be another best seller from Mark Gilleo!