BITTER TRUTH BY WILLIAM LASHNER
“She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless lines and starry skies and all that’s best of dark and bright meet in her aspect and her eyes.”
“Obscene wealth is the greatest American obsession and I am nothing if not a patriot. It’s just that now I think how I make it and how I spend it is every bit as meaningful as the money itself.”
“I can detect the sweet scent of mint, no, not peppermint, government.”
I read Bitter Truth by William Lashner all week during January’s third week. With a desire to return the borrowed novel, I pulled it out and decided to read it. I don’t regret it! This novel, Victor its hero, and it plot twist were spectacular.
Where do I start? Is it with the murdered Reddmans, vengeful Pooles, damning letters and diaries, unearthed family secrets, the Philadelphia mob or unique view to spirituality and religion or the ambitious lawyer and hero Mr Carl in the midst of it all.
A complex, unconventional, compelling legal thriller that kept shocking me with its suspense, plot and characters.
‘A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.’-Albert Camus. This is the first quote that I meet when I flipped the book’s beginning pages. At the end of the book I fully understand this quote. The powerful crippling future of fortune built on lies, deception and crimes.
Written with many literary devices like imagery, personification, simile, metaphors, poems, jaw dropping flash back, the plot felt complete without being burdening. The novel begins with Mr Carl on a plane to get his third of a one hundred million dollars judgement sum from a mysterious mastermind killer. Through the rest of the novel the plot jumps from the hero’s current search in Belize for the judgement debtor to apt flashbacks, of the chilling sometimes comical and outrageous experiences during his appointment as an attorney, to investigate the Reddman family murder and history while weathering a mob war. It’d been a while I have a novel with characters so alive! One of my best reads in January.