Monday, April 5, 2010

Add This One to Your TBR List!

Lis Wiehl is one of my newest "must-read" authors. I discovered her last year when I reviewed Face of Betrayal. Now her second novel, Hand of Fate (Thomas Nelson Publishers), has just been released, and it is every bit as compelling as her first novel.

Hand of Fate finds the Triple Threat Club (named after a decadent chocolate dessert and comprised of FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges, television news crime reporter Cassidy Shaw, and Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce) once again joining forces to solve a murder; this time it's the demise of a contentious radio talk-show host that has the three friends collaborating.

I absolutely could not put this one down. Late one night as I read it, I kept thinking, "I'll just read one more chapter to get to a stopping place" only to find myself turning pages much longer than sensible! There is no "stopping place" until the final sentence has concluded! Each scene and chapter builds on the previous one to make this a captivating book.

And even after the novel was over, it was fun to read the notes this author/Fox News analyst & commentator received from others in the media (including Bill O'Reilly), all of whom were certain the victim was based on themselves! I highly, highly recommend this book. The next one, Heart of Ice, can't come soon enough for me.


When the host of a popular Portland, OR radio talk show is murdered, the suspects almost outnumber his millions of listeners.

Outspoken radio talk show host Jim Fate dies tragically and dramatically when poisonous gas fills his recording booth while his show, “The Hand of Fate” is on air. In the ensuing panic, police evacuate downtown Portland, leaving FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges trapped in a high-rise building.

Crime reporter Cassidy Shaw is the only journalist brave enough to report from the scene as chaos overtakes the streets. And federal prosecutor Allison Pierce must rescue a child separated from her family even as she escapes the danger herself.

In the days following Fate’s murder, these three colleagues and friends team up to piece together the not-so public life of Jim Fate in order to uncover the stunning truth of who killed him—and why.

You may be familiar with Lis Wiehl, who appears weekly on The O'Reilly Factor and on other FOX radio and television programs like Fox and Friends, Your World with Neil Cavuto, and Hannity, The Alan Colmes Show, and others. And if you read closely, you may just recognize the inspiration behind Jim Fate, the controversial talk radio host featured in the novel (wink, wink).

Lis Wiehl is one of the nation’s most prominent trial lawyers and highly regarded commentators. Currently, she is the legal analyst and reporter on the Fox News Channel and Bill O’Reilly’s sparring partner in the weekly “Is It Legal?” segment on The O’Reilly Factor. Prior to that she was O’Reilly’s co-host on the nationally syndicated show The Radio Factor. She is also a Professor of Law at New York Law School. Her column “Lis on Law” appears weekly on

Prior to joining Fox News Channel in New York City, Wiehl served as a legal analyst and reporter for NBC News and NPR’s All Things Considered. Before that, Wiehl served as a Federal Prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office.

Wiehl earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland.

Wiehl is also the author of The 51% Minority, which won the 2008 award for Books for a Better Life in the motivational category, and Winning Every Time.

She lives with her husband and two children in New York. Find out more about her and her work at her website.

I urge you to grab a copy of this gripping novel and extremely satisfying novel without delay. You may purchase it directly from the publisher or from Amazon or other booksellers.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Beth said...

Looks like another book, right up my alley! A must read for me.

sara said...

I need to pick up these books!!!

Mary said...

I was going to comment, "right up my alley", but then I read Beth's comment! I love mysteries, and am always looking for different authors to read. Thanks!

Carole said...

Suspense is not my favorite genre, but I was familiar with Lisa from Fox News, so I read Face of Betrayal last year. And it was SO good! I'm glad you posted about her new book and can't wait to read it, Linda.