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Face of Betrayal (A Triple Threat Novel)
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Fox News legal correspondent and former Federal Prosecutor Lis Wiehl has created a suspense novel that's as timely as tomorrow's headlines.

While home on Christmas break, a seventeen-year-old Senate page takes her dog out for a walk and never returns. Reporter Cassidy Shaw is the first to break the story. The resulting media firestorm quickly ensnares Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges. The three unique women are life-long friends who call themselves The Triple Threat--a nickname derived from their favorite dessert and their uncanny ability to crack cases via their three positions of power.

Though authorities think Katie might have been kidnapped or run away, those theories shatter when Nicole uncovers Katie's blog. They reveal a girl troubled by a mysterious relationship with an older man. Possibly a U.S. Senator.

As the three women race against time to find Katie alive, their increasing emotional involvement brings out their own inner demons and external enemies. There are many faces of betrayal, but they must find one face in a crowd of growing suspects before they become the next victims.

In Face of Betrayal, Lis Wiehl's expertise in law, politics, and criminal investigation merges with April Henry's narrative genius to create a gripping mystery filled with rich characters, real danger, and a shocking yet satisfying final twist.

Customer Reviews:

  • Face of Betrayal
    Title: FACE OF BETRAYAL
    Author: Lis Wiehl with April Henry
    Publisher: Thomas Nelson
    2009
    ISBN: 978-1-59554-705-7
    Genre: Inspirational/suspense

    Katie is seventeen years old, smart, and a Senate page. Her dreams are to become a senator--eventually. But when Katie goes home over Christmas break, she takes her dog out for a walk, and doesn't return.

    Reporter Cassidy Shaw is the first to break the story. And soon the FBI is on the case. Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges are working to solve the disappearance of the girl. The three women have been lifelong friends, and call themselves "The Triple Threat." Authorities believe the Katie might have run away, or been kidnapped, but the theories shatter when Nicole discovers Katie's blog. They reveal a relationship with a mysterious man...possibly married. Possibly a Senator.

    The FBI and the three friends race against time to find Katie alive. But leads are few. And the case is becoming increasingly personal.

    FACE OF BETRAYAL is the first book I've read by either of these authors, but I am totally impressed. By the middle of the book I thought I had the case solved, but in reality I was not even close. I am totally impressed with this writing team's ability to produce a page turning suspense novel...one of the best I've read this year.

    Don't miss FACE OF BETRAYAL. An excerpt from their next novel (available in 2010) is included in the back of the book, as well as discussion questions and an interview with the author. This is really an awesome book. $24.99 hardcover. 284 pages.
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  • Not A Bad First Start For A Series
    This wasn't a bad first start for Lis Wiehl's new series. It's the first book in the Triple Threat series. It's about three women...a prosecutor, FBI agent and reporter and how they help and support each other. I enjoyed the interplay between the main characters. However the minor characters needed a little more depth. I loved how they all complemented each other's strengths and weakenesses throughout the book. I liked the story of how a Congressional page has disappeared and how a US Senator may be behind it. It was very on the edge with the internet aspect of the blog and how it was used in the story. I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book even though you could see a couple of them coming a mile away like who the killer is. Ms. Wiehl has written an interesting foundation for a series. I look for to the next installment in April of 2010. I may even pick up some of her nonfiction books. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for strong women characters solving mysteries....more info
  • Worse Book in 65 years of reading
    I was looking forward to this book as I listen to Lis on her TV appearances. Purchased book first day it was out. However, her book is terrible. I am 70 years old and reading since 5, and this is the worse book I have ever read. Made myself finish it and it ended to abruptly it took a minute or so to realize the book had ended.

    You can take the first 1/2 of the book and just throw it out. It does nothing for the "story" and is written so choppily that a "chapter" may be 1 1/2 pages. The 2nd half of book, although at least pertaining to the murder, is so poorly written it is almost unreadable. I don't know what book the people are reading that are giving it good reviews....more info
  • It's all in a name.
    I recently attended a writers meeting where the topic was creating a platform. For those that don't know, a writer's platform consists of his or her credentials as a writer and connection to the community. Basically, it answers the publisher's question, "And just why am I supposed to invest money in you, outside of actual ability?"

    Lis Wiehl has platform. According to the book jacket of Face of Betrayal, "Lis Wiehl is a Harvard Law School graduate and former federal prosecutor. A widely popular legal analyst and commentator for the Fox News Channel, Wiehl appears regularly on The O'Reilly Factor and was co-host with Bill O'Reilly on the widely-syndicated radio show, The Radio Factor, for the past seven years."

    Oh, yeah. Platform out the wazoo. She had to have it...in order to get this book published.

    No, it's not horrible. It's...competent. Average. Mediocre.

    The writing isn't bad, but it lacks a unique "voice"--which is something publishers always say they are looking for. Apparently, being famous means you don't really need that. Also, the characters were pretty much cookie-cutter, and the ending could be seen a mile away. There was an attempt to hit on some controversial issues--abortion, spouse abuse, teen sex. I say "attempt" because it was very surface. Too many topics, so the attention to each was spread thin. And, specifically, as a writer for teens, I'd say this book sent the message that teen sex is fine as long as it's not with a man your father's age. NOT the best of messages.

    I shouldn't be so harsh with Lis, though, should I? I mean, she wrote the book with April Henry, who is apparently a published mystery writer. So, it's just as much April Henry as it is Lis Wiehl. Not according to the cover though--Wiehl's name is in large print--equal in size to the title of the book, while April's is rather small. (Ever noticed that the more popular an author gets, the larger their name becomes on the cover? A newbie writer will have the title in big letters and their name much smaller in comparison, but the big authors have their names in HUGE print. I suppose the title is just a technicality at that point.)

    I really do like supporting first-time authors, as I did in my last review for Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. But, I also insist on giving credit where credit is due. Maybe the issue is that I've still got that last book lingering in my brain and I'm mentally comparing the two as I read. Thirteen had me sucked in, unable to put the book down. I got to know the characters, and found myself invested in their story. It was ONE topic that was addressed, and addressed it was, in depth, and realistically.

    But, in Face of Betrayal, I found myself fighting the urge to skim through. Honestly, the only reason I didn't just stop reading it is that I'm signed up as a review blogger for Thomas Nelson, and part of the agreement is that I am to read the book in its entirety.

    But, there is nothing in the agreement that says I have to love the book or give it a rave review.

    Thank goodness.

    There are probably loads of people who are going to love this book and think I'm just a jealous aspiring writer. That's fine. I know what kind of book I like. Complex, deep characters, something that is going to make me want to read the book again and again. This book was none of those things for me. ...more info
  • Good but not Great
    I was really looking forward to reading this book on a long international flight. It promised to be fast paced and thrilling and that's what it turned out to be. Face of Betrayal is quite a gripping book and after reading a few pages and having identified with the characters, I wanted to keep reading till the end. The story is about a 17 year old girl, Katie, who on a Christmas break at home goes missing.

    The story continues with three women, a reporter, a Federal Prosecutor and a FBI special agent, who keep adding pieces to the puzzle revolving Katie's sudden disappearance. An investigation that starts with theories of kidnapping or running away quickly turns into a murder investigation when Katie's blog reveals her relationship with a Senator. Storyline is pretty fast paced and keeps one glued for more.

    What I did not like about the book was intermittent short story lines that never added to the whole plot. I believe these were attempts by Author to establish the character of the three protagonists. Although for me, these were not required as they never made any sense when seen with the bigger picture of Katie's story. As a reader, I did not care too much about the personalities of the protagonists who were not as impressive as the storyline itself. And they were tied to a proper end in themselves.

    Also, this book kept me going with a curiosity to know what finally happened to Katie, but in the end I was a bit disappointed with the way the story folded. Author calls it a `Shocking and satisfying twist' but I was seriously unimpressed.

    There are too many subjects that Author has tried to deal with in this book - ranging from child molestation, teen sex, and domestic abuse. Sometimes I was confused as to what the book actually was about.
    All in all, I was quite satisfied with the book. It could have been better but I don't regret it at all. I will not call it a must read, but it's a good read. ...more info
  • Not Bad, Not Good Either
    This book reminded me a lot of an old car I used to own: not very sexy, kind of boring and reliable. It got me where I was going and that was about it. This book isn't bad. It also is not what I would call good. It just is. It sort of seems like a James Patterson women's murder club "wannabe."
    On the negative side, the characters are a bit wooden and I just wasn't brought to care about them too much. They didn't grab my attention.
    The plot is fairly well conceived, and there is honest conflict in this book. The ending has a decent twist at the end. The problem was I saw it coming. I realize that one of the author's works or worked for Fox News but in the book, CNN is actually blamed for being a 24-hour news source. Isn't that also true of Fox?
    In the end, this book will entertain you a little. It will get you through the points of conflict and resolve itself. It's also the type of book you could put down and never pick up again with no problems. It makes a nice summer book. It does come with a study guide for book clubs and a Bill O'Reilly interview.
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  • A Good Read
    Liz Wiehl's Face of Betrayal was an excellent read, thoroughly suspenseful and definitely kept my interest. It would be an easy five star rating except that some how the book ended too soon. While the Congressional Page's murderer (a total surprise to me) was tied up logically, the other two simultaneous crimes seemed to just end with lots of explaining left unexplained. Deus Ex Machina might be fine for ancient literature, but it doesn't fit in the modern crime genre....more info
  • Face of Betrayal by Lis Weihl
    I purchased this book for my Aunt for her birthday. She is loving it. She said it is well written and Lis had gone to a lot of work doing the background on it. My Aunt is an avid reader so you can take her word for when a book is good. She is saving it for me to read. I cannot wait to see her as she lives about a thousand miles from me.
    FYI my Aunt is 85....more info
  • A great read!
    I really enjoyed this book! I was a little sceptical at first, but after the first chapter I was hooked! In a lot of ways it is similar to James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series, but I actually liked it better. I loved the three characters and how different they were, but how they were able to come together for a common goal. It was a great detective story, and kept you guessing until the very end! I would have never guessed how the author wrapped it all up. A very good book-you will not be disappointed....more info
  • Eighth Grade Writing
    Face of Betrayal (A Triple Threat Novel)

    This book read like an eighth grader had written it. So disappointed and could not possibly recommend it to anyone. There were mis-spelled words and words that did not belong in the sentence. I knew who had killed Katie before I was half way through the book. If Lis Wiehl wants to be a mystery writer she's got to do better than this....more info
  • Decently Written, But Not Very Suspenseful
    Lis Wiehl's FACE OF BETRAYAL is obviously influenced by the success of James Patterson and his Women's Murder Club series. Just like that series, this novel features a team of female friends (prosecutor, FBI agent, journalist) who work on crime cases together.

    FACE OF BETRAYAL isn't bad, but I found its plot to be listlessly paced. The main storyline, which involves a missing congressional intern, is pretty simple and contains very little action or surprises until the very end. The novel's momentum is also slowed down by an abundance of subplots that involve the personal lives and careers of the three major characters. While the subplots are potentially interesting, they are way too many of them, and none of them are well developed enough.

    This novel is put out by a Christian publisher, but the novel does not dwell too heavily on religious themes (only one of the three main characters is Christian). This novel does contain a moderate level of sex and violence, so I wouldn't recommend it to highly conservative readers.

    Overall, FACE OF BETRAYAL is easy to read, and does contain some interesting inside information about how journalists and FBI agents do their jobs. Still, this novel's low suspense level and lack of originality make it less than thrilling.

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  • A nice debut novel
    This is a nice debut novel--well-plotted and well-written, with an interesting series concept. The 'triple threat' novels are so called because the crimes are solved by three individuals who shared a heart-stopping chocolate dessert with that name. They include a black FBI special agent, a television reporter and a prosecutor. Aspects of Lis Wiehl's own character and experience (her father was in the FBI) should be obvious. In the first novel in the series a 17 year-old senate page has disappeared and the evidence points to a 50+ senator with a roving eye. In some ways the 'triple threat' approach is a bit cutesy and the novel sounds more like a cozy than crime fiction, particularly with the triumvirs meeting over fattening meals. The ethos, however, is that of crime fiction, with a dash of procedural and psychological thriller in the mix. All in all, a good book, with solid pacing and a nice sense of place (it is set in Portland, the setting for an increasing number of crime stories). Next up in 2010: Hand of Fate. I'll be watching for it....more info
  • This Sounds Familiar
    Allison Pierce - Federal Prosecutor. Married, Hoping to get pregnant soon after years of trying.

    Nicole Hedges - FBI Special Agent specializing in catching pedophiles using chat rooms. Single Mom with secrets about childs father and no social life.

    Cassidy Shaw - Reporter. Anxious to move up in her career in a relationship that may not be the best for her.

    These three women are the best of friends and their careers come together when 17 year old Katie Converse, home for Christmas from Washington DC where she is a Senate page, disappears.

    With a lot of suspects, old boyfriend, new boyfriend, was she having an affair with a Senator. Was it a random act of violence, she was walking her dog alone. Did she just run away?

    As the pieces of the puzzle start to fall together, the women's personal lives are also in turmoil with stalkers, abusive relationships, career worries and the need to know if Katie is still alive or has she been murdered?

    Highlights:

    Very quick read.

    Good characters, all three women are interesting and act like real women do.

    Even though you may think you know what's going to happen, as this is clearly based on the Chandra Levy case, it keeps you guessing and never cheats on the ending.

    Lowlights:

    Could use a little more with the personal lives of these women. I'm not sure Nicole's daughter was ever in the book except in her mother's thoughts.

    The best thing I can say about a first book is that I was excited to see that there was going to be second one. ...more info
  • This Sounds Familiar
    Allison Pierce - Federal Prosecutor. Married, Hoping to get pregnant soon after years of trying.

    Nicole Hedges - FBI Special Agent specializing in catching pedophiles using chat rooms. Single Mom with secrets about childs father and no social life.

    Cassidy Shaw - Reporter. Anxious to move up in her career in a relationship that may not be the best for her.

    These three women are the best of friends and their careers come together when 17 year old Katie Converse, home for Christmas from Washington DC where she is a Senate page, disappears.

    With a lot of suspects, old boyfriend, new boyfriend, was she having an affair with a Senator. Was it a random act of violence, she was walking her dog alone. Did she just run away?

    As the pieces of the puzzle start to fall together, the women's personal lives are also in turmoil with stalkers, abusive relationships, career worries and the need to know if Katie is still alive or has she been murdered?

    Highlights:

    Very quick read.

    Good characters, all three women are interesting and act like real women do.

    Even though you may think you know what's going to happen, as this is clearly based on the Chandra Levy case, it keeps you guessing and never cheats on the ending.

    Lowlights:

    Could use a little more with the personal lives of these women. I'm not sure Nicole's daughter was ever in the book except in her mother's thoughts.

    The best thing I can say about a first book is that I was excited to see that there was going to be second one. ...more info
  • A great read!
    I really enjoyed this book! I was a little sceptical at first, but after the first chapter I was hooked! In a lot of ways it is similar to James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series, but I actually liked it better. I loved the three characters and how different they were, but how they were able to come together for a common goal. It was a great detective story, and kept you guessing until the very end! I would have never guessed how the author wrapped it all up. A very good book-you will not be disappointed....more info
  • Face of Betrayal by Lis Weihl
    I purchased this book for my Aunt for her birthday. She is loving it. She said it is well written and Lis had gone to a lot of work doing the background on it. My Aunt is an avid reader so you can take her word for when a book is good. She is saving it for me to read. I cannot wait to see her as she lives about a thousand miles from me.
    FYI my Aunt is 85....more info
  • Interesting and Easy Read
    Face of Betrayal is a political mystery novel about three women: a crime reporter, an FBI agent, and a federal prosecutor working together to solve the disappearance of Senate page Katie Converse. Through the many plot twists and turns, the book does keep you guessing until the very end. This kept it interesting to me (I didn't want to put it down until it was finished) despite the lack of danger and thrill.

    As many have suggested already, the book does have a lot of extraneous subplots that are not developed but they didn't not necessarily have a negative effect on the book. I took them as little bits and pieces discovered in the case that the characters have to use to determine who did it. All crimes have clues that come up but don't fit. Other subplots go to develop the characters, and these do fall short of their intended purpose. These could have been left out of developed better.

    Overall, I did enjoy reading the book. Sometimes a light, easy, and interesting read is just what you need....more info