The Last Lie She Told
by K. J. McGillick
The Last Lie She Told
Lies and misdirection rule the game.
To some, Fiona O’Dell is clever and manipulative. To others, she is a dangerous sociopath. One thing is certain – she’s trouble wherever she goes. Now she has vanished from her job, but not before being seen leaving a motel room where one man is found dead, another on the edge of death. Is this grizzly crime scene a BDSM encounter gone wrong? Or is it related to a company data breach where all three are employed?
Private security expert Lee Stone and NYPD Detective Belle Hughes are assigned to the case. In a race to find Fiona, they track her across four states and shocked to find men from her past are being murdered. With little information and even less evidence, each new crime scene brings more questions than answers.
While secrets are revealed, there is only one conclusion: Fiona controls the game, the players, even the course of the investigation. The danger escalates, and the game must be mastered, or all fall victim to it. As Lee and Belle struggle to put all the pieces together, the two investigators find their relationship heats up as they are drawn to each other. Looking for a murder mystery with a feisty female detective that’s filled with twists and turns? Explore The Last Lie She Told for a thrill ride that leaves you guessing until the end.
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The Stones’ home was at least seventy-five years old but well maintained. As we turned into the driveway, you could see people milling about in the house, and it appeared every light was on. Windows were open, and Lee’s father was the first to see us and yell a hello from the living room. Then several people rushed out onto the porch.
Lee ran around to open our doors and instructed us to stay behind him until he was certain the coast was clear and the dog was contained. Just as we thought we had a clear shot to the house, this bolt of black lightning came bounding toward Lee, and we all braced. He was right; the dog was so wild it took three men to corral him.
His mother was the first to introduce herself. She was a short woman, who might give the appearance of being gentle but I knew it took a formidable woman to raise the men I saw in that house. Next, his father appeared, and instead of shaking my hand, he hugged me and stood back, assessing me. Then he shouted to the others in the living room, “She’s good, boys! It’s impossible she’s a Yankees fan. You’re not, are you?” he asked with a bit of concern in his voice.
“Benintendi and Betts, all the way.” I smiled. I’d always been a Socks fan, but when the Yankees had signed Jeter I almost wavered.
A mischievous, proud smile spread across Mr. Stone’s face.
“You know Lee played ball and could’ve been in the minors,” he said, giving his son a side hug.
His mom broke in and asked if anyone wanted refreshments, and Mary offered to go help her with dinner.
It was so noisy in there. There were at least three separate conversations all happening at once.
By the time we sat for dinner, I felt like I’d been a part of the family for years.
“Belle, are you a lifer with the force, or are you taking your pension at twenty?” his father asked.
“I’m out as soon as possible,” I said, and that surprised everyone.
“Have you got a plan, dear?” his mom asked.
Should I share my secret with them, or would they all laugh at me? Lee’s eyes met mine and dared me to answer. Challenge accepted.
“I write books,” I said with a bit of hesitancy.
“The hell you say,” his father said with a laugh.
“You mean novels?” his sister asked, putting down her fork.
“I’ve written a few.” I smiled and caught Mary’s eye as she gave me a questioning look.
“Are they published?” Mary asked.
“They are,” I responded.
Suddenly people were reaching for their phones, and I could only guess they were going to Google me or go straight to Amazon. I waited as they tried to find me.
Lee was the first to say, “You had me there.”
“OK, all you detectives, try searching for Cloche Hughes.” And I waited.
Slowly each person looked up at me.
“How’d you become an author?” Lee asked.
“It started with a case when I first made detective and exploded from there,” I said.
“Eight books. Not quite Lee Child but getting there,” his sister said with a wide smile on her face. “And one was a New York Times Best Seller. How do you keep it under wraps?”
“The pen name,” I said. “Cloche is the French for bell. Neat, huh?”
“Very,” Lee said, with admiration in his eyes.
I became the focus of conversation, explaining how I crafted my books while everyone continued eating. I saw Mary wink at Lee and him shake his head and smile.
By the end of the night, I appreciated Lee, who was a beloved member of a close, albeit a dysfunctional family, who embraced us as their own. I learned a lot about Lee that night, just by listening and looking around. Without having to say a word, I realized Lee had been an honorable cop who may have lost his way. But, being honorable, he knew to get out while he still had a soul. I hoped this firm wouldn’t be a long-term commitment, and after seeing his wood sculptures, I hoped he’d explore that passion.
His ribbons for athletics spoke to his ability to commit to a team. Pictures of happy days before his wife died opened my eyes to the man who loved and loved deeply. I hoped to find that kind of love someday.
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As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing.
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