THE WHOLE LIE
No sophomore slump for Ulfelder! The Whole Lie is just as well paced and twisty action-packed as Purgatory Chasm, but with more information about Conway’s background and relationships, which adds depth to what was already a fascinating, fully realized character. Ulfelder has a gift for spare, evocative prose, pitch-perfect dialogue and believable characterization. It’s a treat.
Auto mechanic Conway Sax seems to have gotten his life on track. He’s finally moved in with his girlfriend Charlene and he’s opened a new garage. But then his former AA buddy Savannah Kane shows up out of the blue. Seven years ago, he and Savvy had a scorching affair; then, he helped her disappear — for good, he thought. She tells him that she’s the mother of a 6-year-old son, and that the father is none other than Bert Saginaw, running mate to the likely next governor of Massachusetts. Savvy’s seeing dollar signs and asks for Conway’s help with conducting a little blackmail. Then, she’s murdered — and Conway has to find out the truth, even though it might mean losing Charlene. (MINOTAUR, May, 304 pp., $24.99)