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The Convenience of Lies (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Geoffrey Seed

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A brilliantly artistic young girl, Ruby Ross, is kidnapped near her council estate home and Francis McCall, a journalist in crisis, chances upon her aunt - a woman who was also his first great love.

McCall is persuaded to investigate Ruby's disappearance. But he is drawn into a dangerous conspiracy of spies, double agents and corrupt politicians whose intrigues will have him running for his life.

The Convenience of Lies is both a love story and a taut, literary thriller. It is a follow up to the author's acclaimed debut novel, A Place of Strangers - a book which one American reviewer said put him "...in the line of successors to le Carré."

Geoffrey Seed is an ex-Daily Mail journalist who later specialised in producing major TV investigations for programmes such as BBC Panorama and Granada's World in Action.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher.

Biographie de l'auteur

Geoffrey Seed is a former newspaper and TV journalist. After leaving the Daily Mail, he worked for every leading current affairs programme - Granada’s World in Action, BBC Panorama and the ITV series, Real Crime, which critically re-examined controversial murder cases. He specialised in producing major TV investigations - from cocaine smuggling in Colombia and political repression in the Soviet Union to torture in southern Africa and the British army’s covert involvement in terrorism in Northern Ireland. He is married with three grown up children and lives in mid Wales. The Convenience of Lies is a follow-up to his acclaimed debut novel, A Place of Strangers.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 997 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 358 pages
  • Editeur : Endeavour Press (9 avril 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00JLRN5P0
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thoroughly recommended. This novel is tautly written with descriptive flair ... 9 juillet 2014
Par Anton A. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Thoroughly recommended. This novel is tautly written with descriptive flair and strong characterization. Geoffrey Seed summons the ghosts and haunts of Fleet Street with pinpoint precision as he does the beauty of the English landscape he so obviously enjoys.
His protagonist McCall, an investigative journalist with a fragile past, seems bent on self-destruction. It is the pursuit of truth, the dogged persistance to root out an awful and tangled reality, which saves him.
"The Convenience of Lies" covers the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990. But it also addresses in great depth a child-sex ring involving powerful men. Given the current furore about paedophile cover-ups in Britain, this book is spot-on for topicality and more than a few home truths.
The author is a smart operator , as his journalist past may suggest, but he is also a very good writer.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another excellent thriller from Geoffrey Seed 11 avril 2014
Par Annik Lamotte - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
With Geoffrey Seed's beautifully-crafted novels the last thing you get is a straightforward political thriller; there is always an underlying moral dilemma which adds an extra dimension to the plot and an only-too-human believability to the characters. McCall, the investigative journalist hero, is a flawed and tortured man who carries the reader along on his personal roller-coaster.

The theme of revenge, and if it can ever be justified even in the most extreme circumstances, was at the heart of Seed's first novel, "A Place of Strangers". The sequel, "The Convenience of Lies", examines the crisis of conscience faced by McCall, as he agonises over a massacre of innocents in the Southern African state of Namibia which he, as a reporter, may have provoked.

Both books draw deeply on Seed's own experiences as an ex-BBC Panorama producer and have a backdrop of real-life events.

"The Convenience of Lies" is set in the weeks after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. It has a satisfyingly multi-layered plot, starting with the disappearance of a little girl with Asperger's Syndrome, then gathering pace to include corruption in high places, illegal arms deals and a cabal of spies. Interwoven throughout is the tale of the sudden reappearance in his life of McCall's bewitching and toxic first love, Lexie – his own Lorelei whose treacherous song he once followed to near-destruction.

Another tangible 'character' in this second book is McCall's house, Garth Hall, a Tudor mansion on the Welsh Borders which also played a major role in the first novel. It is based on Seed's own home and is described in such loving detail that it assumes a life of its own on the page.

Seed's debut novel was compared with Le Carré's work – and "The Convenience of Lies" is also bound to be – because of the similar genre. But such literary shorthand does not do justice to the books. Seed has his own individual style: he writes in short scenes – perhaps reminiscent of his TV productions and journalistic background – and his lyrical way with words is absolutely original. A Seed thriller works on two levels, the reader is thrilled by the plot, but equally – and almost more importantly – thrilled by the sheer quality of the writing, which can be relished again and again.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Keep your dictionary handy. 23 juillet 2014
Par BrianC - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
An engrossing story that, while being slow to take off, eventually becomes a page turner. On each page, Mr. Seed weaves a word tapestry of detailed description and color, although sometimes he tends to overdo it a little. But for those of us who remember the era, it brings back forgotten memories of those times. Very much in the style of John LeCarre, as others have noted. A flawed protagonist searching for answers in a nebulous world, where all around him there is deceit and betrayal. The ending is also somewhat LeCarre-ish. One other thing - reading this book has arguably expanded my vocabulary by leaps and bounds; that's if I can recall even half of the rather obscure new words that I came across while reading it. Never have I reached so much for the dictionary as with this work. All in all, I enjoyed the book and have gone on to buy his other (earlier) book, A Place of Strangers.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Poor editing 28 août 2015
Par Monmouth Mike - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I enjoyed renewing acquaintances with characters and places I encountered in his previous book A Place of Strangers, which I think is the stronger novel. There are some wonderful atmospheric touches in this second book and strong characterisation, but I became increasingly irritated by the very poor editing and unnecessary typos.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Four Stars 21 juillet 2014
Par Roland Seed - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Very good mystery.
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