As a newly minted private investigator, Nicole Graves expects to take on legal cases for corporate clients. But when her client’s son, Brad Rexton, is killed trying to protect his wife, Ashley, from a home invasion-turned-kidnapping, the firm is hired to investigate what will become Nicole's most dngerous case yet. The story is set in Los Angeles: the city itself, its beautiful and perilous canyons, as well as Hollywood, its fading glamor and seamy old buildings.
Not long after Nicole gets this case, someone dear to her is kidnapped in the same manner as Ashley. Nicole is willing to hand over the ransom but finds it’s not so easy. The kidnappers have an uncanny ability to track her every move, and they suspect a trap. When their most terrifying threat is delivered to her door, Nicole is faced with a terrible choice: Should she count on the police or must she risk going it alone?
Liar Liar is a sure-handed, page-turning dash through the streets of Los Angeles—with Santa Monica and Malibu thrown in for good measure—and the promise and perils of the ‘Me Too’ movement.” —Ron Rapoport, author of Let’s Play Two: The Legend of Mr Cub, The Life of Ernie Banks
"Boyarsky's imagination serves up a court case that plays with expectations during an era where we push to believe women, resulting in some real bad baddies whom it feels good to root against." Meredith Grahl Counts, Foreword Reviews
“What a treat! Start reading on a day when you have no other plans, though, because once you start, you won't want to stop until Nicole Graves solves the crime.” —Narda Zacchino, author of California Comeback, The Genius of Jerry Brown
Nicole has another assignment from hell: protecting an unreliable high-profile trial. Oh, and her job, her engagement to the ‘perfect’ man, and her life are in peril. Enjoy!”
—Rebecca J. Novelli, author of The Train to Orvieto
WHAT REVIEWERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE RANSOM
"Another winner from Nancy Boyarsky! In this high stakes kidnapping thriller, tensions mount, pages fly by. Before you know it, you'll be hooked. I sure was. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!"
—Laura Levine, author of the popular Jaine Austen mysteries
"Nancy Boyarsky crafts an atmospheric series of encounters that not only lead to discoveries, but adeptly capture a sense of place and purpose. Nicole's dogged ability to get to the bottom of matters, even if the route lies through challenging circumstances, creases a tense, satisfying thriller atmosphere."
—D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“The Ransom is strong on mystery and suspense. If you enjoy mystery novels featuring smart women sleuths, I highly recommend this series. One of my faves.”
—April Wood, author of Amid Summer's Nightmare and blogger of A Well Read Woman
“If crime mystery is your thing, this is one series you want to get your hands on, and if it's not your thing, well, you'll love the story anyway. It's well written and edited, and I highly recommend it.”—Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite
"The Ransom has a plot to die for, one that will have you turning pages at a furious pace to find out what happens next. Nicole Graves is a sleuth for our times—clever, wise, caring and as independent as they come All hail Nancy Boyarsky for bringing us into her company. More please!"
—Ron Rapoport, author of Let's Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, The Life of Earnie Banks
Author Nancy Boyarsky portrayed both the good and bad guys in a way that made them seem very real, and the story never lost excitement, suspense, mystery or good reading. The Ransom is a book that any fan of mystery and detective fiction will find hard to put down.
—Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite