Monday’s Lie By Jamie Mason

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Monday’s Lie By Jamie Mason


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**From the acclaimed author of the “ripping good” ( *The New York Times* ) debut novel *Three Graves Full* comes a new thriller hailed as “superb…will entrance readers from page one. Sly, poignant, and beautifully written” ( *Library Journal* , starred review).**
Dee Aldrich rebelled against her off-center upbringing when she married the most conventional man she could imagine: Patrick, her college sweetheart. But now, years later, her marriage is falling apart and she’s starting to believe that her husband has his eye on a new life…a life without her, one way or another.
Haunted by memories of her late mother Annette, a former covert operations asset, Dee reaches back into her childhood to resurrect her mother’s lessons and the “spy games” they played together, in which Dee learned memory tricks and, most importantly, how and when to lie. But just as she begins determining the course of the future, she makes a discovery that will change her life: her mother left her a lot of money and her own husband seems to know more about it than Dee does. Now, before it’s too late, she must investigate her suspicions and untangle conspiracy from coincidence, using her mother’s advice to steer her through the blind spots. The trick, in the end, will be in deciding if a “normal life” is really what she wants at all.
With pulse-pounding prose and atmospheric settings, *Monday’s Lie* is a thriller that delivers more of the “Hitchcockian menace” (Peter Straub) that made *Three Graves Full* a critical hit. For fans of the Coen brothers or Gillian Flynn, this is a book you won’t want to miss. **
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#### Author One on One with Jamie Mason and Sara Gruen
**Photograph by Randall Wood** **Photograph by Tasha Thomas** **Sara:** I was able to read an advance copy of Jamie Mason’s wonderful new novel, *Monday’s Lie* , and couldn’t wait to sit down with her and dig into a few of the turning points of this riveting story. The book opens up with a terrific scene: a childhood memory of the main character, Dee, watching helplessly as her mother is whisked away by a soldier in the middle of the night, ultimately not to return for most of a year. Why does the story start there? **Jamie:** I think the mental real estate of the age span between 12 and 15 years old is so interesting. At that age, you start compiling a more thorough catalog of memories, stuff you’ll actually recall with clarity throughout your life. With a firmer grasp of what life looks like, our convictions about how everything works start to take shape. And so do our plans for what we hope to have for our own future. There’s no good time to lose a loving mother, even for just a while. For Dee Vess-Aldrich, when her mother, Annette, is secreted away in the middle of a peaceful night, the loss colors everything about how she views the world and it defines what she wants for her corner of it when she’s in charge. It seemed important to show right away why Dee is the way she is. **Sara:** Annette Vess is a great character and one of the more unusual mothers to show up between book covers. She uses her skills of psychological manipulation and her honed powers of observation in both her work as a black ops asset and also in the games she plays to bond with her children. Is this the chicken or the egg with her? Is Annette like this because of her job, or does she have this job because she’s like this? **Jamie:** Annette was a pure joy to write. I think she’s one of those organically magnetic people you sometimes come across. The intrigue would have always come to her, as did so many things in life. But those kind of people, those who sit at the hub of a universe that’s always pulling toward them, have a built-in handicap – greed. In Annette’s case, it’s not a sinister greed, but I felt (when I was busy making her up) that she was greedy for immortality. She’s far too practical a lady not to recognize that all the immortality she’ll ever have access to is in the minds and hearts of her children. So she gives them as much of herself as she can and this wonderful, if not entirely normal, bond is forged. So, just like the chicken and its egg, Annette’s life was inevitable and also impossible to diagram out to any satisfaction. **Sara:** Annette’s tactics work, though, don’t they? Dee’s close relationship with her brother, Simon, keeps the nuclear family, or what’s left of it anyway, shoulder-to-shoulder against the world. Is this more of a good thing or a bad thing? **Jamie:** It’s good and bad. While writing it, I so enjoyed Dee’s love for and reliance on her brother, but at the same time it made it way too easy for Dee to construct her own little reality without the benefit of a wider range of friends and family to ground her. It stunts her potential, until it doesn’t… **Sara:** So is Dee’s husband, Patrick, just not very good at getting away with his secrets, or is it the training from Annette and Dee’s birthright of intuition that foils *Monday’s lie*? **Jamie:** I think Patrick’s not very good at it, but not because he isn’t smart enough to be. He might have been able to get by some partners, but he didn’t have a chance against Dee. He doesn’t work well under pressure, and like Dee, he’s a bit of a control freak. Once he’s sure that the handle he thought he had on his life (and his wife) isn’t really there at all, he just loses it. In a way, Patrick and Dee do exactly the same thing to each other – they set up a picture of life instead of a real life. When it falls apart, as it inevitably has to when you’re trying to plug real people into a scenario in your mind, the two of them handle it in pretty much opposite ways. **Sara:** Some say that all books written in the first person are at least a little autobiographical. Any spies in the Mason family tree? **Jamie:** Not that you know of. But to be fair, there aren’t any that I know of either. The only thing autobiographical in *Monday’s Lie* is a version of the coolest stunt I ever managed and which, sadly, no one saw. I am less than renowned for my coordination. Really, it’s mostly very embarrassing to be me. One day, many years ago, I was menaced by a horsefly in my kitchen while I was alone in the house, talking on the telephone with my husband. After not a lot of meaningful conversation with my love, but much yelping and flailing with a dishtowel, I’d had enough. And since these were the days when the phone was still anchored in the wall, it was a choice: flee the room or stand my ground against the dive-bombing horsefly. All of a sudden, some action-hero demon possessed me and I said to my husband, “Hang on a second. I’m going to knock this sucker’s head off.” I set the phone on the table and took up some Tarantino-heroine’s stance (if only I’d been wearing stilettos!) and waited for my nemesis’s next pass. I didn’t have to wait long. It dove. I struck out with a never-since-duplicated wave of good aim down through my wrist. And as the whipsnap echoed off the kitchen walls, I saw the horsefly’s head, its little wand of a brainstem still attached, hit the floor to my left and the winged rest of it, still twitching, tick against the linoleum to my right, a full five feet away. Yes. I decapitated a horsefly with a dishtowel four seconds after I called my shot like Babe Ruth. I was at once lit up like Vegas, triumphant, but also utterly despondent. I would never be that awesome again and no one would ever really know what a thing of beauty that moment was. *sigh* So I put a version of it in a book.
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“Let’s take *Monday’s Lie* for what it is: one of the best thrillers you’ll read, more flip than James Cain, yet full of much more food for thought than Alexander McCall Smith.” ** (Asheville Citizen-Times)
“Portraying characters so well and so thoroughly, examining and explaining their motives even for murder, requires a level of skill that is rare, marking this as an astonishingly accomplished debut and Mason as a writer to watch very closely.” (Booklist, Starred Review (A Top Ten Crime Novel of 2013))
“Filled with biting wit and great prose style, *Three Graves Full* by newcomer Jamie Mason may be the debut of the year.” (Bookspan (A Top New Book of 2013))
“Ripping good novel…Mason has a witty and wicked imagination. *”* (The New York Times Book Review)
“Mason’s prose is at times as lovely as poetry, and wry humor deftly offsets her grim tale to devastating effect. This tale has more twists than a corkscrew and you’ll find yourself surprised at nearly every turn… Mason has written a quirky and downright thrilling treat that is not to be missed.” (Library Journal, Starred Review)
“Mason strides confidently into Coen brothers territory with her highly entertaining, solidly plotted debut about loneliness and the need for companionship…With sly wit, Mason tweaks genre clichés while respecting crime fiction tenets.” (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)
*”Three Graves Full* is an astonishing debut novel, smart and stylish and wonderfully light on its feet. Jamie Mason writes crisp, surprising sentences, and this aura of wit infuses her lovely plot with an absolutely Hitchcockian menace. I think she was probably born to be a writer, and I eagerly look forward to whatever she will do next.” (Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author )
“Mason’s quirky debut novel deftly weaves dark humor into a plot that’s as complicated as a jigsaw puzzle but more fun to put together…Mason’s written a dandy of a first outing with not a single boring moment.” (Kirkus)
“Deep and dark, yet funny, a refreshing combination that snags the reader like a grappling hook.” (New York Journal of Books)
“Superb…will entrance readers from page one. Sly, poignant, and beautifully written.” (Library Journal, Starred Review)
“A pulse-pounding climax… the depth of Mason’s characters and the complexity of their relationships can stand with any.” (Booklist)
“A tense, gripping, witty, hugely satisfying thriller about a marriage gone horribly awry. Jamie Mason has a terrific, terrifying imagination.” (Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of THE ACCIDENT )
“Calling Jamie Mason’s books ‘psychological thrillers’ is like calling *Fargo* a detective movie—it’s true, but it doesn’t give you anything like the whole picture. They’re much more. This is a thriller, all right, and one full of merciless twists—but it’s also an edgy dissection of a marriage turned horribly sour, and a powerful exploration of the charged relationship between a mother with too many secrets and too much capacity for ruthlessness, and a daughter doing everything in her power to have neither. It’s a gripping read, beautifully written, dotted with moments of black comedy and pulsing with an undercurrent of deep sadness.” (Tana French, New York Times bestselling author of THE SECRET PLACE )
” *Monday’s Lie* is an elegant and compact literary thriller. Mason’s use of language is cunning and expressive, and her heroine’s interior drama is as intriguing as the plot itself.” (Knoxville News Sentinel)
“Not simply a great debut novel or a noble first effort; it is purely a wonderful book from beginning to end….Pitch-perfect pacing, unforgettable descriptions, and quirky but realistic characters abound from page to page. It is a perfect one-sit read, not because there aren’t places where you can comfortably stop, but because you simply will want to keep forging ahead…Take the hint and read it.” (Joe Hartlaub Bookreporter)

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