Lukas Richter is a San Francisco police detective with a cybernetic eye and heightened senses. He can detect the same autonomous responses as a polygraph machine, so he has a leg up in determining guilt.
In An Eye for a Lie, his first full-length novel, Richter is accused of murder and the evidence seems incontrovertible, including a bullet that was somehow fired from his gun when he claims he was nowhere near the crime scene. In the background, San Francisco is aflame over Richter’s shooting of an unarmed Asian man, an incident some are calling “the Asian Ferguson.”
Can Inspector Richter convince a plucky and suspicious FBI agent of his innocence in the face of overwhelming accusations and public persecution?
In An Eye for a Lie inspector Lukas Richter is more than your average detective. He has a cybernetic eye and can acts a human lie detector. He was bio-genetically engineered by the government to become a better assassin after a near fatal accident.
“They wanted an assassin. Someone who could last for weeks in the desert and strike in total darkness. They spent a year training me and two using me.”
p. 82, An Eye for a Lie by Cy Wyss
Now Richter has been accused of murder because his gun was used as the murder weapon. Enter FBI Special Agent Vessa Drake. She is assigned to Richter’s case. Vessa has her own checkered past, having had relations with a co-worker in the past. While working the case, she starts to become attracted to Richter but tries to keep it professional. The tension between these two is definitely there as the story flows.
Soon enough another body is found and Richter’s initials are carved into the body making the reader wonder if Richter is being set up and why. Vessa doesn’t believe Richter did it but as the body count rises the clock is ticking to find out the truth. There are a few plot twists thrown in that make you wonder if whether Richter has something to do with it or not.
I enjoyed reading An Eye for a Lie. It was a fast paced crime thriller with an interesting set of characters. I liked Richter, he an edge, he is dark and mysterious and the cybernetic eye and touch of mind reading abilities gave his character a unique feel. I liked Vessa as well but I found some of the interactions between these two to be somewhat awkward. The story does culminate to a satisfying ending. There was a little surprise at the end that I didn’t see coming and I liked it.
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Cy Wyss is a writer based in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has a Ph.D. in computer science and her day job involves wrangling and analyzing genetic data. Cy is the author of three full-length novels as well as a collection of short stories and the owner and chief editor of Nighttime Dog Press, LLC.
Before studying computer science, Cy obtained her undergraduate degree in mathematics and English literature as well as masters-level degrees in philosophy and artificial intelligence. She studied overseas for three years in the UK, although she never managed to develop a British accent.
Cy currently resides in Indianapolis with her husband, daughter, and two obstreperous but lovable felines. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, and walking 5k races to benefit charity.
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Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I received a free review copy of An Eye for a Lie by Cy Wyss via Partners in Crime Tours in exchange for my honest thoughts.