FBI agent Reed Markham is haunted by one painful unsolved mystery: who murdered his mother? Camilla was brutally stabbed to death more than forty years ago while baby Reed lay in his crib mere steps away. The trail went so cold that the Las Vegas Police Department has given up hope of solving the case. But then a shattering family secret changes everything Reed knows about his origins, his murdered mother, and his powerful adoptive father, state senator Angus Markham. Now Reed has to wonder if his mother’s killer is uncomfortably close to home.
Reed enlists his friend, suspended cop Ellery Hathaway, to join his quest in Vegas. Ellery has experience with both troubled families and diabolical murderers, having narrowly escaped from each of them.
Far from home and relying only on each other, Reed and Ellery discover young Camilla had snared the attention of dangerous men, any of whom might have wanted to shut her up for good. They start tracing his twisted family history, knowing the path leads back to a vicious killer – one who has been hiding in plain sight for forty years and isn’t about to give up now.
With “All The Best Lies” the Ellory Hathaway series has definitely become one of my favourite series in existence at the moment- the stories are darkly captivating and the main protagonists, Ellory, sole survivor of a serial killer’s madness and Reed, the FBI agent who rescued her from hell, are two of the most visceral and real characters around in fiction at the moment.
The author manages two positions pitch perfectly- that of giving the reader tight, addictive and contained mysteries in each novel whilst involving you heart and soul into the personal lives of Ellory and Reed – their developing, edgy and authentically challenging growing relationship is utterly riveting.
In this instalment we move on from Ellory somewhat and finally dig deep into Reed’s past- the past that saw him adopted as a baby after the vicious and still unsolved murder of his birth mother. With Ellory on leave after the events of the previous book, the action moves to the bright gritty streets of Las Vegas as the pair take on the 40 year old mystery…
The plotting is as ever taut and clever, leading you down a twisted and seemingly impossible path, the writing is edgy and beautifully immersive, I literally read this in one sitting today on my day off.
Overall this is a really brilliant, intelligent and absolutely compelling set of novels and I would happily read one per week. Each end leads to a new beginning and I simply can’t wait to see what’s next.