The Practice of Deceit (Hardcover)

By Elizabeth Benedict

Houghton Mifflin, 9780618563715, 268pp.

Publication Date: June 10, 2005



When Eric Lavender meets the attorney Colleen O'Brien Golden, his position as one of Manhattan's chic psychotherapists and most eligible bachelors suddenly loses its appeal. The sexy, stylish Colleen lures him to live with her and her young daughter in the exclusive suburb of Scarsdale. To his amazement, Eric is besotted and soon settles into the unexpected bliss of marriage and domesticity with their new baby and his loving stepdaughter. He even becomes a local hero when the police turn to him for help in resolving a hostage crisis.
But Eric's transformation comes to an abrupt halt when the police knock on his door again -- this time with handcuffs. He and Colleen are caught up in an explosive conflict of interest involving their clients. When Eric discovers that Colleen has gone to extreme lengths to conceal her secret past, she retaliates with horrendous charges against him. Eric must uncover the truth before his children, his career, and his freedom are taken from him forever.
As she did in her bestseller Almost, Elizabeth Benedict navigates the turbulent waters of love, law, psychology, and ethics with biting wit and penetrating insight. The Practice of Deceit is a razor-sharp novel of marriage -- and divorce -- gone awry.

Praise For The Practice of Deceit

"The story practically spills into your lap as you turn the pages...A lot of wicked fun." --Alan Cheuse, NPR's "All Things Considered"

"Entertaining...clever." --Deirdre Donahue USA Today

"Intelligently written and briskly plotted update on the femme fatale story makes an absorbing beach read." Publishers Weekly

"It's smart entertainment by a very smart writer--the best kind of summer reading." --Janice P. Nimura Newsday

"the stunning new break-out thriller" -- New Mystery Reader