Howard Roughan's debut, The Up and Comer, was hailed as one
of the most hip and entertaining thrillers of the year. Now
Roughan returns at full stride with a scintillating novel
of deception that begins when a gifted young psychologist
becomes entangled in the life of a beautiful and
THE PROMISE OF A LIE
Nothing can prepare Dr. David Remler for the shocking phone
call he receives from a patient named Samantha Kent.
Stunned and anxious to help, he rushes out into the
Manhattan night to keep a bloody act of violence from
spinning further out of control.
He knows he is too involved, that he's crossed a line, and
that his professional reputation is at stake. But he has no
idea what awaits him at his destination...that he's become
a pawn in a very deadly game of revenge.
Suddenly the focus of a criminal case that flares into an
out-of-control media circus, David has only one shot to
clear his name. But first he has to clear up the mystery of
his patient, "Samantha Kent." Just who is she? And why did
she choose to involve David? Little by little, the outlines
of a brilliant plot emerge—and, with it, the horrifying
power of a single lie...
In this richly textured tale of a man's battle against the
mother of all manipulations, the perfect setup is even more
diabolical than it looks.