Noble Lies (Hardcover)
Poisoned Pen Press, 9781590584507, 247pp.
Publication Date: September 15, 2007
For Mark Rohr, a decorated Desert Storm vet, the last ten years have been filled with countless misadventures and shady jobs, like his current stint as a bouncer at a nameless whorehouse bar in Thailand. When the beautiful and nave Robin Antonucci arrives from the States and hires him to help find her brother Shawn, missing since the tsunami, Mark sees the chance to make some easy money: guide her around until she gets bored or until the money runs out and she heads home.
But the job sours when they meet the stunning Thai prostitute Pim, who claims to be Shawn's wife. Within hours, two men are dead and Jarin, southern Thailand's most notorious gangster, wants Mark to pay. Getting away with Robin and Pim, plus an old man and a small boy - the only members of Pim's family to survive the tsunami - might prove impossible. With nowhere to hide and no idea where they are heading, the group sets off around the Thai coast, racing through beach resorts and remote villages, just one step ahead of Jarin's men....
Praise For Noble Lies…
Benoit (Out of Order) is at the top of his game in his witty third novel as he once again explores the travails of Americans abroad. Mark Rohr, a first Gulf War veteran now bouncing for a bar in the coastal resort of Phuket, Thailand, is a natural action hero. The damsel in distress is the pretty, blonde and very American Robin Antonucci, who offers Mark $5,000 to help her locate her brother, Shawn Keller, missing since the mighty tsunami inundated Phuket. Naturally, nothing and no one is exactly what it seems as Mark and Robin, linked by mutual distrust and different needs, visit dives and diving shops, deal with gangsters and pirates and manage to stir up trouble everywhere they look. Benoits good guys have their faults and the bad guys have surprising virtues, leaving room for lots of unusual twists and turns. The lovingly rendered exotic locale is the perfect setting for this rough and rollicking story of adventure and romance.-- Publishers Weekly (7.16.2007)
"A tense and efficient cat-and-mouse mystery from Benoit (Relative Danger, 2004, etc.), with liberal doses of exotic local color." --Kirkus Reviews of Noble Lies
This is a very good thriller, excitingly written with well-drawn characters, dialogue that rings true, and a story that’s suspenseful and tragic. --Booklist of Noble Lies