The Lie Direct
Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st U.S. ed edition (August 1983)
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Dr. Boris Gollnow, the Russian "specialist from Directorate T," wants to defect. And in revealing his secrets to the English government, he names John Ryder as the man who arranged the meetings between he and traitor Dennis Nesbit. Nesbit too names john Ryder, in the suicide note he leaves after Gollnow's intention to defect becomes know. Thus John Ryder may be guilty of treason under the Official Secrets Act. But is it the same John Ryder barrister Antony Maitland is called upon to defend? If so, Maitland's client not only betrayed his country, but committed bigamy as well - and neither offense will sit well with a jury. While Ryder claims it is a case of mistaken identity, Maitland himself takes on the case only half convinced of Ryder's innocence.
As the case looks more and more hopeless, Maitland becomes more certain that his client's story, however farfetched, is true. He believes that Gollnow and Winifred - the supposed second wife - are lying. But for what purpose? And how to prove it?
When a key witness is murdered, Maitland no longer doubts Ryder's innocence. He's convinced that someone feared the dead witness would say too much. And with characteristic determination and responsibility, Maitland risks his reputation to see that the real traitor and murderer is incarcerated.
Sara Woods is bound to please old fans and gain new ones with this tale of treachery, murder, and riveting courtroom drama that ranks as one of her most ingenious and satisfying to date. Book Dust Jacket