One of the best crime novels to read in 2022: A River of Lies by John Crossan


John Crossan, veteran lawyer turned mystery writer, has announced the publication of his harrowing debut novel, A river of lies. Combining the breakneck pace of fiction with an insider’s perspective on the complexities of the courtroom, Crossan delivers a remarkable thriller in this exceptional first outing.

A lie is enough to call into question all the truths. Will the government seek justice or seek revenge?

In A river of lies, an ordinary man named Carmen Vaughn finds himself in an extraordinary legal situation: his murdered girlfriend washes up on the bank of the Merrimack River, and a rogue prosecutor is intent on convicting him. Faced with the power of the criminal justice system, Vaughn enlists the help of his college professor, Timothy Pickering, whose legal background and connections in private investigations provide clues suggesting that Vaughn’s girlfriend was also dating. someone else. But knowing and proving it are two different things, and time is running out.

Unlike many similar titles, A river of lies paints a realistic portrait of the police and prosecutors as fallible people subject to the corrupting influence of state-backed power. Vaughn is a relatable underdog who fights back against the onslaught of government excesses in a classic fight for justification.

Fans of Jeremiah Healy, Robert Parker and Jack Higgins will find much to enjoy in A river of lies. The blistering pace and palpable tension mesh perfectly with snippets of humorous dialogue and Crossan’s lively, evocative descriptions.

The first reviews of A river of lies are glowing with praise for both Crossan’s portrayal of law enforcement as morally suspect and the quality of the overall storytelling. With rave reviews, readers describe A river of lies as “satisfying” and Vaughn as “like a real person”.

A river of lies is available for purchase at or wherever books are sold.

John Crossan is a legal thriller writer and a self-proclaimed classic New England Yankee. After graduating with honors from college and law school, he spent several years working as a litigator. Eventually, he decided to put the practice of law behind him and pursue a career as a writer. Crasson currently resides along the New England coast with his family.

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