THE PERFECT LIAR
The newest installment of Novak's Last Stand series is disturbing and occasionally macabre, with a sociopathic villain who's as fascinating as she is repulsive. Haunting and thought-provoking.
But the next morning, he's awakened by base security officers and told he's been accused of rape and assault -- by Kalyna. The accusation is just the beginning of Luke's ordeal. Kalyna contacts victims' rights advocate Ava Bixby for help finding evidence to convict Luke. Ava's investigation doesn't go as expected -- it turns out that Luke is squeaky clean, while Kalyna is deeply troubled. Ava winds up working with Luke to clear his name instead ... unknowingly placing herself in a killer's crosshairs. (MIRA, Sep., 432 pp., $7.99)