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Tell No Lies [Kindle Edition]

Julie Compton
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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In Compton's "taut, tense" legal thriller TELL NO LIES (Kirkus Reviews, starred), a volatile attraction forces a successful family man to confront the limits of trust and the pitfalls of desire.

Idealistic St. Louis prosecutor Jack Hilliard appears to have it all: intelligence, good looks, a great job, and a solid marriage with his wife, Claire. But he finds himself at a crossroads when, on the same night his boss announces his resignation as DA, his simmering flirtation with his mysterious lawyer friend Jenny bubbles to the surface.

Jack soon learns how easy it is to compromise his values and comfortable life for ambition and desire. Despite Claire's counsel to stand by his beliefs, Jack misrepresents his position on the death penalty to secure the top spot at the District Attorney's office. As the pressures of the campaign mount, he struggles to deny his growing obsession with Jenny, who supports his ambitions at whatever cost. When Jenny becomes the main suspect in a shocking murder, and Jack is the only one who can prove her innocence, he faces an excruciating choice: save Jenny by speaking out, or save his marriage and career by remaining silent.

Part Scott Turow, part Jodi Picoult, TELL NO LIES is a heated and suspenseful tale ripped from the headlines—about a conflicted man simultaneously seduced by a dream job and a tempting woman, about the relationships we forge and those we destroy, despite our good intentions.

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'A real seat-edge thriller packed with the heady ingredients of power, passion, lies, lust and disaster.' -- Peterborough Evening Telegraph

'An excellent psychological thriller and an extremely polished debut.' -- Trashionista

'She captures his obsessive streak and deals thoughfully with the questions of principle over which he agonises.' -- Shots magazine

'Tell No Lies is a strong debut from a writer who knows her law...' -- Guardian

'There are moral dilemmas aplenty to be found in this debut novel from Julie Compton.' -- Choice

Peterborough Evening Telegraph

'A real seat-edge thriller packed with the heady ingredients of power, passion, lies, lust and disaster.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fresh Fork Publishing; 2 edition (27 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Julie Compton is the internationally published author of TELL NO LIES, a legal thriller set in her original hometown of St. Louis; RESCUING OLIVIA, a romantic, contemporary thriller set in Florida; and the upcoming KEEP NO SECRETS, the sequel to TELL NO LIES. An attorney by profession, she now writes full-time from her home in Florida. Visit to read the first chapters of her novels and for more info.

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tell No Lies 2 May 2008
By Orpheus
Compton's novel is a pot-boiler of tension and emotion, with intensely real characters and a legal theme that is complex and gripping without being inaccessible.

The stand-out factor is the living, breathing, 'jump off the page' feel of the characters. It is impossible not to feel Jack's pain and confusion as he struggles with his principles and his emotions, and the tension rises throughout the whole novel to a gripping climax.

Ideal for holidays or just quiet moments alone with a book, readers male and female will be drawn in by this deep tale of love and law. At times heart-wrenching, at others genuinely uplifting, Tell No Lies is a book that you will return to again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant ! 19 Feb. 2008
If Julie Compton played soccer and this was her debut, then she'd have walked of with the match ball after her hat-trick.

The pace was a decent and sustained simmer until the final third of the book, when it turned up to a rolling boil. Plenty of suspense, doubt and intrigue.

A very professional plot with a very decent and believable cast. Well explained and a lovely twist to finish.

The best advice to you is buy it, don't read any newspaper reviews and maybe miss out the rear cover...go in cold and allow it to wow you.

Well done, it was fabulous!
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5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding debut novel 24 Jan. 2009
As a prolific reader of novels varying from kate atkinson to robert goddard I was a little sceptical when I was given this novel to read. I ended up staying up most of the night - pretty much reading in one sitting. The plot was excellent, the tension palpable and the characters very believable. A deicious use of precious free time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dee 6 Mar. 2008
By Dee
Wow, what a great book, simply couldn't put it down! Didn't drop in pace, very believable and intriguing, keeps you turning the pages. If this is Julie Compton's first novel, I can't wait for the next ones!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 13 Oct. 2012
The story centres around Jack and his struggle to manage the moral pressures in his life - both with regards to his friendship / romance with his friend Jenny, and his stance on the death penalty as he runs for the office of District Attorney. Although I found it a bit hard to get into the story initially, I was soon gripped by it as the pressure and intensity are ratcheted up towards the climax, and soon couldn't put it down.

Complex, believable characters in difficult situations make for a compelling story. And a nice little twist right at the end...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unconvincing 30 Jan. 2012
Yes, the plot does come together in the end, but it takes a very long time to do it. There is a fundamental mismatch between the extended car-crash of the relationship with Jenny, where Jack is the most naive idiot, and the fact that he got to hold his high legal office by being a canny prosecutor. To call it a courtroom drama is not fair on the brilliant examples of that genre out there; he performs appallingly in court, as if he doesn't know the first thing about it.

Read something better.
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