The Great Liars
Jerry Jay Carroll, author
It seems like easy duty. Lieutenant Lowell Brady is detached from the White House and ordered to London as a secret liaison to Winston Churchill, who is working his way back to power as the threat from Germany grows. Brady becomes part of the small circle that knows Roosevelt intends to get America in the war before it is too late, even if the fleet must be sacrificed at Pearl Harbor .Years after the war, Smithsonian researcher Harriet Gallatin comes across his story interviewing veterans at an old soldiers' home. Skeptical at first, she becomes a believer when the FBI and then the CIA take a menacing interest in her research. If the truth gets out, reputations will be destroyed and political careers ended. One thing is clear: they must disappear fast.
This meticulously constructed thriller from Carroll delivers healthy doses of political conspiracy, paranoia, and pulse-pounding suspense. Oral historian Harriet Gallatin gets more than she bargained for when she begins recording the recollections of former Navy Lt. Lowell Brady, who now resides in an old-age home, but who, during WWII, uncovered a terrible secret about Pearl Harbor. And when Gallatin is ordered to report what Brady shares, what began as a routine assignment becomes a race against time and a battle for survival. Military absurdity and governmental betrayal are depicted with wit and humor in this provocative portrait of outsiders whose honor transforms them from respectable citizens to demonized agitators. Cantankerous, lewd, vulgar, and skillfully rendered by the author, Brady is as warm as he is infuriating. Carroll has crafted a crowd-pleasing page-turner, replete with cultural criticism and refreshing honesty.