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A. D. Garrett
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Book Description

7 Nov 2013
DI Kate Simms is on the fast track to nowhere. Five years ago she helped a colleague when she shouldn't have. She's been clawing her way back from a demotion ever since. Professor Nick Fennimore is a failed genetics student, successful gambler, betting agent, crime scene officer, chemistry graduate, toxicology specialist and one-time scientific advisor to the National Crime Faculty. He is the best there is, but ever since his wife and daughter disappeared he's been hiding away in Scotland, working as a forensics lecturer.In Manchester, drug addicts are turning up dead and Simms' superior is only too pleased to hand the problem to her. Then a celebrity dies and the media gets interested. Another overdose victim shows up, but this time the woman has been systematically beaten and all identifying features removed. The evidence doesn't add up; Simms' superiors seem to be obstructing her investigation; and the one person she can't afford to associate with is the one man who can help: Fennimore.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472107578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472107572
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is thriller writing at its best: prose that's startling in its pace and clarity, characters who come to life immediately and the bonus of knowing that all the forensic details are entirely accurate. (Ann Cleeves)

A throat-clutcher from page one. Everyone Lies is a pulse pounding thriller, which weaves expertly between evil on the streets and the dark side of police department politics. A. D. Garrett has done for Manchester what The Wire did for Baltimore. And our central characters, Simms and Fennimore, are complex, compelling and just plain marvellous. (Jeffery Deaver)

Awesome...What A. D. Garrett doesn't understand about forensic science and its applications isn't worth knowing. Ditto characterisation, plot and pace. A sterling debut. (Mo Hayder)

A collaboration between a thriller writer and a forensic scientist produces a police procedural which promises well for the future of the partnership and provides a good read. (Bookbag)

A marriage made in crime fiction heaven. (CrimeFictionLover)

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Everyone Lies has proved a hit in hardback with both authors appearing on BBC TV. This fast-paced action crime thriller teams science, forensics and plot.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read 11 July 2013
By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Kate Simms' career has been on the skids for a while but newly promoted, and with a move to a new force, she's determined to prove to her bosses that she has got what it takes to be a good detective.

When she's given a pretty open and shut task of looking into some drug-related deaths due to the recent death of a 'celebrity', Kate decides to dig a little deeper and contacts Nick Fennimore for help even though it was due to her acquaintance with him that has blighted her career these last few years. Together they establish that there's definitely something iffy with all of these overdoses but the more they look into the deaths the more it would appear that someone is out to tamper with their investigations as leads start to build up far too easily and take them down the wrong path...

A.D. Garrett is the pseudonym of writing duo Margaret Murphy, an award winning writer, and Professor Dave Barclay, a renowned forensics expert, and together they have written an exciting police procedural that had me gripped almost from the start. As the story progresses there were plenty of twists and turns to throw you off the scent and along the way Kate Simms has to work out just who she can trust, and who it is that doesn't want her to solve the case...

I sincerely hope that this book is the first in a new series as I'd love to read more from Kate Simms and Nick Fennimore in the future. They were a fantastic duo, despite their individual flaws, who together made a formidable team.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. 6 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book. Bought it after seeing the authors on Breakfast telly. A gripping read and I particularly liked the feeling of authenticity about both the forensic and the police elements. I very much hope there will be another book in this series as the main characters were left with several unresolved issues which I would love to know more about.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collaboration! 24 Jun 2013
Two words..... Read it! You will not be disappointed.
However, I might be disappointed if there is not another book following on from this one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A promising new series... 14 July 2013
It's always a tricky proposition I imagine to undertake a crime, or indeed any kind of fiction novel with a dual writing partnership. In other books I have read with two authors there is usually a very noticeable distinction between their two styles causing me to favour one over the other, or the book falls down as one has obviously taken control over a certain facet of the story. Everyone Lies neatly bucked the trend for me and I was incredibly impressed by this debut collaboration between Margaret Murphy and Professor Dave Barclay, with this winning combination of established crime author and forensic scientist proving itself to be an altogether better combination than simply relying on meshing the talents of two authors.

Everyone Lies carefully combines the premise of a female police officer, DI Kate Simms, seeking to re-establish her formerly successful career derailed by one investigation, causing her to take a transfer to Manchester, and her complicated but necessary professional and personal relationship with forensics expert Professor Nick Fennimore. Add into the mix an intriguing investigation into a cluster of suspicious drug deaths, with all the attendant forensic detail and the narrow and small minded politics of the police department and this thriller more than proves its worth. The plot was well paced and compelling with enough surprises along the way to keep the reader hooked and all in all a well-judged depiction of the insidious nature of the drugs trade and its consequent victims.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 9 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Absolutely brilliant, couldn't put it down, keeps you enthralled from page one lots of twists and turns, would recommend it
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Writing duo's aren't that common but tend to be partners who are both writers. It's interesting to find a writing team where one is a writer and the other a technical expert. A D Garrett is the pseudonym of Margaret Murphy, an established prize winning thriller writer and Professor Dave Barclay, lecturer and highly experienced practicing forensic scientist.

I first highlighted Everyone Lies on The Crime Warp, a blog I write for in my April "Hot Picks". It's Murphy and Barclay's first book as A D Garrett introducing Nick Fennimore, a forensic scientist scarred by the unexplained and unsolved disappearance of his young daughter and DCI Kate Simms, who has relocated to Manchester trying to rebuild her career after the failed investigation into the disappearance of Fennimore's daughter.

The plot centres on drugs, prostitution and murder in Manchester. Although Simms quickly solves a case involving adulterated drugs she is unconvinced by the person who confesses to the crime, feeling that some small fry has been paid to take the fall and leave the big fish free. Simms enlists Fennimore's help, unofficially of course, and they are drawn quickly into investigating a murder that appears tangential to the drugs case, but is the key to resolving a number of prostitute murders. As the pace hots up, their find in an abandoned factory in Humberside leads them to realise that some of the answers are closer to home than they realised.

Particular strong points for this book are the real detail about forensics and seeing the way that Simms and Fennimore work through information and clues to develop hypotheses and lines of investigation. There are times when you can see the experience and real life cases that Dave Barclay brings to the partnership.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Technical.
I enjoyed this book immensely. Eventually. There's plenty of technical stuff to get your teeth into and I found this hard going at the start. Read more
Published 11 days ago by John William Boundy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great wee read.
fast moving, twists and turns all over the place! A very enjoyable book and a great debut book. I look forward to reading more of A.D Garrett's work.
Published 19 days ago by Gael71
5.0 out of 5 stars intelligent story heavy on forensic detail which builds the suspense
Quite superb! A well written, intelligent story heavy on forensic detail which builds the suspense. Hard to put down, I'm really looking forward to the sequel featuring the two... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Richard Isbell
4.0 out of 5 stars everyone lies
Disturbing but excellent book involving police corruption and drug trafficking. Good storyline kept you wanting to read more. Interesting and thought provoking.
Published 25 days ago by Mrs. Margaret Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book
Published 25 days ago by kimbitreacle
4.0 out of 5 stars Some unecessary details, but good
I really enjoyed this book but I must admit to skipping some pages when the author goes into the technical aspects of some of the CSI procedures. It was a bit tedious at time. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Nathalie
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping thriller
Really enjoyed this book. Good plot and excellent procedure. Hope to read another in this series soon. I want to know more about the main characters!
Published 29 days ago by barbara Barr
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought from Audible
Purchased this superb book from Audible uk, and it's one of my favourites. The depth of the forensic details are brilliant, and make the book very believable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
This was a kindle offer. Simms and Fennimore make an excellent duo. Prostitution, drugs, murder together with the forensics makes a gripping storyline. Read more
Published 1 month ago by joy pepper
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone lies by AD Garrett
Just finished reading this book. Had .not read any of this author's work before but Will certainly look forward to the next one.
Published 1 month ago by margaret callaghan
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