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AN EYE FOR A LIE: CY WYSS

Imagine having the ability to know when someone is lying. Imagine using that ability to take down criminals what happens when you chase someone who seeks human skulls. Inspector Lukas Richter is a San Francisco police detective with a cybernetic eye and enhanced senses. No polygraph test is as accurate as his skill using his eye if you lie, he sees it . Going after an accused cold-blooded murderer he’s said to have killed an unarmed man. Racial tension follows and huge protests erupt as he’s accused of killing this Asian man but where exactly is the investigation going and how will the police force and the powers that be exonerate him?

Enter Special FBI Agent Vessa Bella Drake called in to investigate the shooting and determine whether he’s guilty or not. Detective Jim Belfonte is her liaison and from their first encounter you can tell a true friendship has formed. Wei-Jun-Tian is the suspect killed.

The focus is on whether he was really unarmed, what about his weapons and his three friends. All three wore black and hid behind green masks. They claimed they were waiting for Tian to join the parade goers. Their fingerprints were confined to one room in an abandoned building and each one gave the same version of the incident. More like scripted. Tapes showing the shooting were questionable and one clearly shows Tian has his hands up and no weapon. How could it be that the police and Vessa have it wrong?

Vessa is relentless and walks the crime scene and tries to piece it together in her own mind as she relates that Tians friends claimed Richter had shot through the room without entering the room. How?

He lied about entering the room and now she’s on a quest to find out why?

Dealing with the owner of the deli and his tapes she  questioned if anyone cane to search his business. Reporting a break- in to her but not to the police angers Vessa and demands he reported it on the spot.

The footage of the incident going viral has a doctored version of the truth but how will she, Belfonte and her team prove it?

Ken Lowry is the head of the field office. She realizes that men like him are more dangerous as you’ll learn listening to their give and take conversation. Even more incriminating is that Tian’s friends claim that Richter fires through the wall from the hallway as Belfonte states : he can see through walls. Like sees throw all’s and can see in total darkness.

Next, we meet the agent heading up the investigation Greg Forrest who throws obstacles in their way as Chief Orson defends Luke. As the discord continues Vessa intervenes and claims that someone online is manipulating the event and pointing them in the wrong direction.

Things get even more tangled when Vessa and her team find someone running a human trafficking operation and get flak for taking down the man hiding the women and children. Law enforcement agencies vie for control and she’s now in the middle if a tug of war as racism, power, deceptions and inter- agency conflicts are paramount.

But, Vessa has a special attraction to Luke and their night together during a storm change it all. Things spiral out of control as each agency wants to take over the investigation and Vessa realizes that she might be in over her head but her boss, supports her methods and we learn more about Tian and his friends and the ballistics that were found at the scene but did they belong to Luke’s gun? Vessa is determined to get to the bottom of whether Richter is really at fault, framed or something else. The author brings to light more information about his eye, his ability to see things quite differently than anyone else and another murder scene must be investigated because someone is still decapitating young women and girls.

Vessa works in a different way than anyone else and her methods show ingenuity and astuteness. Richter seems elusive at times and learning about his enhancement and how his eye works is a work of technology that many people might really relish and want. Imagine being able to discern a liar using a special eye. Imagine how the police and other agencies could benefit and safe time and money on investigations if more people had this type of eye. But, how does Richter really feel and what about his past does he still feel guilty about when knowing that he let a serial killer free.

Things get difficult when Vessa and Richter begin a relationship and then someone decides to use computer skills and create a set up at a Starbucks that would embarrass Lowry and almost injure others. A young child winds up in the hospital as a result of someone’s prank. Added in another body is found and this time it points to Clay Townsend whose family was killed and blamed Richter for releasing the killer. It gets even darker when Clay is killed, Richter is accused of killing him since the bullet came from his gun and then he’s assaulted in jail and winds up in the hospital. Too many people in law enforcement are corrupt as we learn about Tomas/Thomas Moore and his link to the murders and possibly framing Richter for Clay’s murder. With Luke’s wife now on the team, and Vessa jealous of anyone that goes near him, will her insecurities cloud her judgment as she must investigate the murder of the young girl that Clay we see and now his murder. Her boss Benson is on her side but will Vessa remain in San Francisco or will she return home to Washington when all the cases are solved and leave Richter? This is a complicated plot with many intertwining storylines and yet Richter is at the center of all of them and the author elaborates about the different effects his eye has on his ability to function, see and tell whether someone is lying or not. He is truly a strong and remarkable character who can solve cases and is more accurate then a lie detector test but will he survive the scrutiny and the accusations but Jim Belfonte and Vessa are in his corner and who else can they depend on when we learn the name of the woman that Clay was with and who is also part of the team before he was killed.

Conflicts arise and then documents are found which illuminates who was behind the deaths of Tian and Mia Tian you will be shocked. Sometimes someone is hiding in plain sight and you wonder what drives someone to want to take someone’s life. Luke is in the crosshairs along with Vessa of some dangerous people that she never realized were out for revenge. Luke Richter is a strong character and after you read the final outcomes of the many confrontations, the battles both he and Vessa fight you think that along with his eye that can tell lie anytime and anywhere that they both might just have nine lives. What will their final fate be as they both come face to face with two diabolical killers and the hidden truth behind who was behind his frameup plus a moral and ethical issue that Vessa faces at the end but will it come back and haunt her and where will their lives go if they live so far apart. An ending that author Cy Wyss created that is electrifying, haunting and keeps you on edge as the final reveal will let you know that Lukas Richter is no one to fool with or misjudge as he and tell a lie just by looking at your with his right eye.

Characters that are unique and interactions that are especially created to add heightened suspense you don’t want to lie since you never know what Richter will see with his RIGHT EYE!

Fran Lewis: just reviews

 

 

 

 

About Just Reviews by:gabina49:

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