Bad Liar

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Published by: Dutton
Release Date: September 24, 2024



Masterful #1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag is back with a riveting, emotionally powerful new thriller!

Small-town labels are hard to shake. Hometown hero. Fallen angel. Can anyone ever escape their past?

A murder victim dumped at the dead end of a lonely country road, face and hands obliterated by a shotgun blast, is not the way sheriff’s detective Nick Fourcade wants to start his week. His only lead takes him to the family of a hometown hero suddenly gone missing. Marc Mercier left his home for a weekend hunting trip and hasn’t been seen since.

Meanwhile, sheriff’s detective Annie Broussard begins her first day back on the job after suffering a brutal attack by taking on the case of B’Lynn Fontenot, a mother desperate to find her grown son, a recovering drug addict. Robbie Fontenot has been missing for eight days, but the local police have no interest in the case, telling B’Lynn that an adult has the right to disappear, and a missing addict is no big surprise. But B’Lynn swears her son was turning his life around. Sympathetic to a mother’s anguish, Annie agrees to help B’Lynn, knowing she’s about to start a turf war with the city police.

As Annie searches for Robbie Fontenot and Nick investigates the disappearance of Marc Mercier, it quickly becomes apparent that nothing is as it seems in the lives of either man. And it’s still not clear whether either—or neither—of them might be the unidentified murder victim. Old jealousies and fresh deceits, family loyalties gone wrong and love turned sour all lay a twisting trail that leads deep into the Louisiana swamp, endangering all who cross the path of a bad liar.


Bad Liar is a gripping thriller that kept me glued to the pages!”
#1 New York Times bestselling author Freida McFadden

"In Bad Liar—as always—Tami Hoag expertly balances grit and heart to make the absolute most of a nail-biting story. You'll be turning the pages as fast as you can. This is a thought-provoking thriller, filled with memorable characters, a strong sense of time and place, and Hoag's trademark dynamite, emotionally-charged ending."
Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Steeped in the sights and sounds of the bayou, Bad Liar is a delight to get lost in. Its high-stakes mystery kept me guessing while compelling characters kept me emotionally invested the whole way through. I didn’t want it to end!”
Ana Reyes, New York Times bestselling author of The House in the Pines

Bad Liar by the great Tami Hoag is thrilling, heartbreaking, dangerous, and blazingly smart. Hoag is more than a riveting suspense writer. She observes deeply, sees it all, and doesn't look away. As in all her novels, she has created a darkly true and complicated main character. Sheriff's detective Annie Broussard has a brutal crime to solve, while grappling with her own trauma, doubts, memories, and the way her life has added up to this moment. My heart was pounding, the twists kept me up all night, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough--yet I did not want the novel to end. Brava, genius.”
Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of Last Night