But this is not just a book about Pierce trying to unknot the twists in the case. It’s also about her boyfriend, FBI Special Agent in Charge Jake Lovett, who’s off on a case of his own, which involves a murder three decades old. Their two cases collide, though, when Lovett comes across a connection between them. Sharing notes and information doesn’t necessarily make things easier.
Lucinda Pierce is a formidable protagonist. She’s smart, determined, loving and flawed. You would want her on your side. You would not want to be on her wrong side. The case is complicated with lots of twists.
This is not my first book by Diane Fanning nor my first Lucinda Pierce book. In 2009, I reviewed Punish the Deed and in 2010 I reviewed Twisted Reason.
Each Lucinda Pierce book gets more complex. While each paints a cold picture of crime and evil, Fanning also lets us see a warm still-developing picture of Lucinda Pierce.
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I give False Front by Diane Fanning a rating of Hel-of-a-Character.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~FTC Disclaimer: I paid for False Front and felt no obligation to review it. Diane is a friend of mine, but that did not influence my review. She has tons of best-selling true crimes out, four books in the Lucinda Pierce series, and one in the Molly Mullet series. You may have seen her on shows like 20/20 or 48 Hours. I could have mentioned about a half-dozen shows, but I won’t because I can’t get them because Time Warner won’t hook us up so we can’t get cable. And more than likely, Lucinda Pierce will end up being a series on cable. On the crime network, if there’s such a channel. Or on FX. Is that a channel? I wouldn’t know. I … can’t … get … cable.