“This is the life of the most famed female illusionist in the world, very nearly the only one in existence, the life I have made for myself through luck and talent and sheer will. This is the life I have decided to leave behind. This is the life I will end. Tonight, I will escape my torturer, once and for all time. Tonight, I will kill him.” ~Greer Macallister, The Magician’s Lie
Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician’s Lie, a debut novel in which the country’s most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband’s murder — and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.
The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden’s husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear.
But when Virgil happens upon the fleeing magician and takes her into custody, she has a very different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless-and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding. Over the course of one eerie night, Virgil must decide whether to turn Arden in or set her free… and it will take all he has to see through the smoke and mirrors.
I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of this novel for potential endorsement. I only offer a blurb if a novel absolutely captivates me, I can’t put it down, and I cannot stop talking about it. The Magician’s Lie is one of those novels. My blurb:
“Greer Macallister handles the reader with the command and brilliance of a world class ringmaster. THE MAGICIAN’S LIE is a mesmerizing novel of illusion, secrets, and suspense. Bravo!”
But don’t just believe me. The Magician’s Lie has received honors such as the Indie Next Pick, a PW Starred Review, the January Midwest Connections Pick, a People Magazine recommendation, an Oprah.com pick, and the January 2015 Library Reads List!
Sourcebooks was kind enough to provide a copy of The Magician’s Lie for a giveaway, which I will mail to a blog reader who comments below, and shares this post on social media. Please let me know your favorite work of historical suspense, or why you are interested in The Magician’s Lie, and comment by 9 PM ET on Friday, January 16th. (US residents only, please.)
For more on the author and her upcoming book tour, click here, and good luck!