★★★★★ EXCEPTIONAL COP THRILLER
On average, we read approximately fifty books a year. The bulk of those are fairly decent whereas a small number are amateurish and difficult to get through while an equally small number are truly exceptional; what we call great reads. Finding the latter is always too rare an event, which makes reviewing them that much more of a challenge. You see, we really want you to know just how superb these books truly are.
Lie Catchers by Paul Bishop is one of those gems. In fact we have no qualms in saying it is among the top five great reads of our year. Obviously it’s a crime thriller, that much the title and back cover text will tell you. What they don’t give away is just how different a cop mystery it is. Rather than focusing on the usual detective action of investigating the crime and chasing down the unknown perpetrators, Lie Catchers takes us into the world of expert interrogators; highly skilled, and trained, men and women whose job it is to question suspects and ferret out the truth from the mountain of lies it is usually buried beneath. It is this crucial aspect of police work that is examined in a truly fascinating narrative that had us flipping pages late into the night.
Not to say the other cop-book tropes aren’t employed. Two young children from two different families have been kidnapped. When the police are called in there seems to be no apparent connection between the two cases. Leading the investigation is detective Ray Pagan, considered one of the finest interrogators on the force, and his new partner, Calamity Jane Randall, recently returned to active duty after having been wounded on her previous case. Part of the charm of this story is the relationship evolution between them; Randall, who is hiding a very special secret, and Pagan, an odd-duck personality with an obsessive passion for the truth. Randall had heard stories about Pagan, most of which she’d thought to be exaggerated bullcrap. But once partnered with him, she soon learns the eccentric detective is far more colorful than his fabricated exploits.
Together each possesses a unique ability and it is their eventual coming to grips with those talents that ultimately molds them into a cohesive partnership with one single goal, to find the bad guys and uncover the truth. Lie Catchers is a brilliant treatise on the realities all of us grapple with every day and the fantasies we often surround ourselves with to survive. Heaven forbid, we call them lies. In the end Lie Catchers is a remarkable reading experience you will not soon forget, and that my friends, is whole truth…so help me God.
★★★★★ COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!
Paul Bishop, thank you so much for keeping me up until 2:15 in the morning finishing your novel LIE CATCHERS. I could not put it down and admit that I'm hooked! It was fantastic! I'm so glad this is going to be a series and look forward to the next installment. I have to say, though, that your first interrogation piece at the end was hilarious! I was picturing you bumbling through the whole incident and was laughing along with you right until the end where I couldn't help but be impressed with your newly budding detective skills and the outcome! It's obvious to me that you are not only a talented interrogator (I'm sure LAPD misses you terribly) but you are also a gifted writer. Well done!
★★★★★ TOP NOTCH DETECTIVE STORY
The title says it. Our heroine, Calamity Jane Randall and her mentor Ray Pagan are interrogation detective teammates. Our author is a retired detective and readers are going to be fascinated with the truths on how police departments work in this outstanding detective story. Paul Bishop is right up there with James Patterson, in my opinion and I believe this story will keep you turning the pages quickly. I loved this book on my Kindle.
★★★★★ GREAT BOOK
Not sure what I'd find but a work friend recommended. During a couple plane trips and I finished the book. The ending was interesting and the two final chapter had humor and honesty. I too will recommend this book!
★★★★★ HOW TO CATCH A LIAR
I liked the quotes before each chapter and the geographical details of LA. I was most interested in the details about how and why people lie.
★★★★★ FANTASTIC CRIME FICTION
Paul Bishop's Lie Catchers is a fantastic read. If you love crime fiction then this novel is for you. Paul combines his writing skill and his experience as an LAPD interrogator into an amazing tale featuring two new characters that I enjoyed. I look forward to reading more cases with Detectives Pagan and Russell. Also, don't miss the backup features about Paul's first interrogation and last arrest from his time with the LAPD. Great stuff. This one if highly recommended.
★★★★★ BISHOP AT HIS BEST BETTER THAN WAMBAUGH
The best Paul Bishop in a long time I want more the best.
Paul Bishop has been one of my favorite writers for a long time, but he may have set a new standard for himself with his latest novel, Lie Catchers. This is the first book in a new series featuring LAPD detectives Ray Pagan and Calamity Jane Randall, who is also the narrator. Both of them have special abilities that make them better at what they do—interrogating prisoners—than anybody else.
As Lie Catchers opens, Randall is recuperating from a gunshot wound suffered in the line of duty, during an incident that's one of several which have given her the nickname Calamity. She wants to get back to work but is uncertain about being teamed with the eccentric Pagan, who doesn't really dress, talk, or act like any of the other cops she has known or worked with. It doesn't take her long to figure that he's a genius at interrogation, though, and he thinks she can be, too.
After working together on a gang shooting case, the new team launches into the investigation that will keep them busy for the rest of the book: the kidnapping of the six-year-old daughter of a rap music mogul. Before long there's the seemingly unrelated kidnapping of another child and a couple of murders to complicate things, but Pagan and Randall sort through everything with a mixture of dogged police work and brilliant questioning of suspects.
The police procedural element is fascinating, as is the developing relationship between the two protagonists. Bishop's prose races right along, never losing control of the complex plot. Lie Catchers is easily one of the best novels I've read this year. Also included in this book are two autobiographical essays by Bishop about his first interrogation and his last arrest before retiring from the LAPD, and they're worth the price of the book by themselves. You won't go wrong with this one. It gets my highest recommendation.
★★★★★ CLAMORING FOR MORE
Prepare for a one-sitting read. A riveting look at how crime-solving works in the hands of experts. Bishop has created two solid detectives who don't take shortcuts or over-muscle suspects but use intelligence to find answers and solve cases. Ray Pagan is the mentor, and Calamity Jane Randall his newly recruited student. As he teaches, the reader learns. There is a subtle Phantom of the Opera-like relationship that develops between the two officers that is both believable and heartwarming. Pagan won't leave his new partner hanging out to dry but instead supports, allowing her to find her own footing and become the cop he believes she can be. The reader won't be disappointed. And will be clamoring for more.
★★★★★ ENTERTAINING READ
Lie Catchers is well written, well plotted, and has great characters. I enjoyed it. The author's experience as an LAPD detective gives the book the ring of truth. The psychology of interrogation is explored in depth with two gifted detectives playing the lead roles. I look forward to future books featuring Ray and Calamity Jane. Highly recommended.
★★★★★ GREAT BOOK! LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Paul Bishop’s Lie Catchers. Anytime I can learn something and expand my horizons—in a book of fiction no less—I am thrilled. Bishop employed his skillful use of imagery for characterization and setting description. His experience as a career detective, connecting with a plethora of unique personalities, allowed him to draw from his deep understanding of the human spirit to create the characters in Lie Catchers. The bonus features at the end—stories of his own first interrogation and his last arrest—give the reader a glimpse into Bishop’s development as a detective, and as a novelist. Great book. I’m looking forward to the next one.
★★★★★ AS GOOD AS IT GETS
So you’ve read hardboiled mysteries before. You’ve read all about the procedures detectives use to track down thieves, burglars, kidnappers, terrorists, or a killer. You’ve seen the clues. You’ve watched the evidence mount. You’ve seen the crimes solved. Maybe you’ve even watched the suspect break down and confess. Virtually all the stories are the same. Only the cops are different.
Well, why don’t you ride for a while with LAPD Robbery-Homicide detective Calamity Jane Randall and her partner, detective Ray Pagan. It will be the ride of your life. I guarantee it. Bestselling novelist Paul Bishop tells the kind of crime story you have not read before. He takes you inside the minds of police interrogators. It’s a strange and often bizarre place to be. For them, interrogation is a science. It’s an art. For Calamity Jane, it’s a gift.
Somewhere in one of America’s largest cities, children are missing. Randall and Pagan have been assigned to find them. Time is running short. Time may be running out. One wrong turn, one wrong answer, and children will die. For the detectives, it is a terrible burden, and a terrible cross to bear. They search for the truth. Truth is an obsession. But can they catch the lies? Or will the lies condemn them all?
The obstacles confronting police are nothing new to Paul Bishop. He spent 35 years with the Los Angeles Police Department and was twice honored as Detective of the Year. In police circles, Bishop was regarded as an expert at interrogation. He is comfortable playing mental chess games inside an interrogation room, eyeball to eyeball with a killer.
His writing is just as tough. Often it is brilliant. In Lie Catchers, written from Calamity Jane’s point of view, the are some terrific lines such as: My latest debacle—a suspect’s bullet taking a chunk out of my leg while my bullet took a chunk out of his vitals—hadn’t helped much. Nobody was saying the suspect didn’t get what he deserved and the shooting was clean. Nobody was saying the human smuggling ring we smashed wasn’t great police work. But the essence of calamity still hung over everything like a cheap celebrity perfume.
It may have been a risk for a man to write his novel through the eyes of a woman. But, in real life, most of Bishop’s partners on the Los Angeles Police Department were females. In an interview, he said: The writer side of me has been paying attention for a long time to how women on the job have to handle or put up with all manner of things male cops don’t encounter. Those challenges forced successful female officers and detectives to work harder and smarter to not only do their job, but to also compete for promotions and assignments within the male dominated cop culture.
Lie Catchers is a stunning work of literature because it has an authentic feel. Bishop knows his characters, and he allows them to work their way into a reader’s psyche with scenes as gritty and disturbing as a nightmare. The detectives are deeply flawed. They have survived tragedies of their own. The mind games they play are dark and dangerous. And losing is not an option. The life a child hangs in the balance. The life of a child may hinge on the next question they ask, the next answer they receive. Lie Catchers, quite frankly, is crime fiction written on a level where it’s never been before.
★★★★★ PAUL BISHOP IS THE LEONARD COHEN OF LAW ENFORCEMENT
This is a great book. I wish I could write a worthy review. I know how to read; I know how to edit... I enjoyed the book immensely. It deserves a writer's praise. Having read many police procedurals I can say this is authentic and shows LAPD at its best. There is also an element of hope for those of us who have seen too much, that there is a way back to ourselves in facing things and moving on.
★★★★★ SOLID, ENTERTAINING PROCEDURAL WITH BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS AND CRACKLING NARRATIVE ENERGY
Anyone who enjoys police procedurals will find Lie Catchers an excellent crime novel. Paul Bishop's extensive investigative background anchors this tale as his detectives encounter suspects and weigh their perceptions and motivations as they work against the clock to find two kidnapped children and solve multiple murders. Bishop excellently depicts the growing relationship between his two detectives--the eponymous Lie Catchers--in a very believable fashion.
The details he provides about the progress of their investigation ring true, just as one would expect from a career detective. Mysteries depend on their plots, and Bishop builds a satisfying narrative arc that whips the story along. The story crackles with energy thanks to Bishop's storytelling skills and his deft manner of creating believable characters. An added treat is the author's end-of-book essay about his first professional interrogation and his final case as a detective. Entertaining reading all around. Recommended!
★★★★★ GREAT START TO A NEW SERIES—NO LIE!
Paul Bishop always spins an entertaining yarn, in whatever genre he’s writing in. But with his police procedurals, you also know – as a bonus – that you’re getting the real deal as far as behind-the-scene facts. Some cop writers put out a solid tale as far as the factual side of things but are weak in the entertainment part to keep their stories moving along. Not Bishop. He peppers his police/crime writing with colorful characters and writing skill that rockets the story forward and compels the reader to keep turning the pages.
Further evidence of his writing skill is the way he captures the voice/POV of Calamity Jane Randall in Lie Catchers. It’s hard for any writer of one gender to write in the voice and from the perspective of another; but Bishop nails it. Which takes nothing away from the secondary lead in this tale—Ray Pagan—who strides off the pages fully realized and memorable. Top-notch stuff with the extra good news this is the start of a new series. Strongly recommended.
★★★★★ DON'T MISS THIS ONE!
Lie Catchers is a great read. The characters come to life and are fun to know. I recommend this book to anyone wanting a book, written by a man with 35 years on the LAPD force, that will keep you turning the pages and enjoying the story. Thanks, Paul Bishop!
★★★★★ GREAT BOOK—NO LIE
For police procedurals this one takes us (finally) into some new territory. It reminded me a bit of a magician revealing his tricks. The author sure does know the ins and outs of the interrogation room. Those scenes really crackle with life and suspense, more suspense than you'd think from just people sitting in a room. Wrap it all up in a thrilling narrative with some unique and three dimensional characters and you've got a very satisfying read.
★★★★★ REMARKABLE JOURNEY INTO CRIMINAL PSYCHOLOGY
Two children kidnapped. How are the cases connected? Who committed these heinous crimes? The police are called and author Paul Bishop gives us a unique pair of detectives, partners who appear to be opposites, but are anything but. Enter injured Detective Jane Randall and talented, unorthodox interrogator Ray Pagan who has the ability to coax the truth in every interrogation. These partners soon discover their shared empathy and ability to recognize when someone is telling an untruth. Lies and deceptions are meticulously uncovered in this excellent portrayal of how police interview suspects and eek out confessions.
★★★★★ I'M ANXIOUS TO READ A SEQUEL SO I CAN SATISFY MY CURIOSITY ABOUT WHAT THESE TWO COPS DO NEXT
Paul Bishop captures the essence of the most sophisticated and effective police interrogation techniques previously unknown to the general public. Through the eyes of two fictional Los Angeles PD detectives, he allows the reader to follow and observe the investigation of a complex kidnapping case. I'm anxious to read a sequel so I can satisfy my curiosity about what these two cops do next. Highly recommended.
★★★★★ REALLY FASCINATING TO WATCH THE INTERROGATION PROCESS AT WORK
Paul knocked it out of the park with this one. Write what you know, they say. This is all of Paul's expertise as an interrogator for the LAPD brought to bear in an engaging police procedural. Outstanding, and really fascinating to watch the interrogation process at work. Fantastic insights. Crisp dialogue. Brisk plotting. Exactly what I'm looking for in modern mysteries.
★★★★★ THE REAL DEAL
This book is the real deal—a thrilling detective novel written by a retired detective from the LAPD. I love crime shows like Castle and Bones, and this novel puts them to shame. It features a crime of complexity and intrigue, with realism that adds to the drama. Unlike many crime stories, this book feels like it actually happened.
Things I loved:
The focus on interrogation. In the pages of the novel, many police officers do many things to solve the crime, yet ultimately it's the interrogations and the complex psychology involves that moves the case forward at every point.
The two detectives who are partnered together are evenly yoked. I love a Sherlock Holmes style story, but it's nice to have the narrator describing the interesting detective not just be an awed sidekick, but be incredible in her own might. And both detective have many ways they need to personally learn and grow throughout the novel. Also, a friendship between a male and a female main character that is strong, complex, and awesome without needing a romance.
The story: two six year olds have disappeared on the same night, and while their cases seem coincidental, our detectives must figure out how they connect to save them.
After the novel the author provides two bonus stories, nonfiction accounts of his first and last arrests. They were just as cool as the novel.
This book feels like it should have many prequels and sequels, but alas, it's a standalone. I am rooting for sequels though--there is so much that these detectives could do together. And I suspect we will get to rejoin the characters in a year or two.
★★★★★ VERY GOOD READ!
I loved everything about this book. I've read other books written by LAPD Officers and was somewhat disappointed. Between the typo's, misspelling of words and flat plots, I had decided not to read any more books written by police officers. As for Lie Catchers, I was very pleasantly surprised. I couldn't put the book down. I'm also retired LAPD and found humor and realism in some of the situations the characters found themselves in. The characters were well developed, but not super heroes. They had their flaws and insecurities just like real people. I can't wait to see the next situation Paul puts these characters in.
★★★★★ ENJOYABLE READING, TO THE VERY LAST PAGE
This is the first book I read by Paul Bishop and I'm sorry it took me so long to pick up one of his books. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and couldn't seem to put the book down once I started reading it. Paul puts together and interesting plot that almost makes you wonder if he pulled it out of one of his own case files. With guys like Ray Pagan and Paul Bishop working the LAPD you wonder how the fictional and real life criminals could get away with anything. Paul adds a bonus at the end of the book telling of his first and last arrests. Can't wait for the next book in the series to come out.
★★★★★ BISHOP HAS BROUGHT TWO AMAZING CHARACTERS TO LIFE
This is what you call a gripping complex plot that not only reels you in for a roller coaster of a ride but then comes to a mind blowing ending for the win! Bishop has brought two amazing characters to life. Pagan and Calamity Jane make a dynamite duo whose abilities complement each other in a way that literally has them tuned into each other. Fighting crime has reached a whole new level and I couldn't put the book down for a minute.
Bishop's experience as an LAPD Detective shines through from start to finish. His invaluable insight gives you a real life look into the psyche of a Detective and everything it takes for them to crack a case. I highly recommend Lie Catchers and am anticipating more Pagan and Calamity Jane to come.
★★★★★ A GYPSY AND A FAIRY WALK IN TO A BAR
Wow!! Simply a fantastic book from cover to cover. fantastic character development on both sides of the coin. i have read about 80% , maybe more of Paul's books, and that isn't because i don't have them, but more a time issue. I have yet to be disappointed, and usually stay up way later then I should because I simply don't want to put the book down.
This book was no different. It is a great detective caper, with a few twists, which I suggest you read to find out about. I thoroughly hope Paul goes back to the characters in this book, absolutely fantastic. Oh, and did anyone else conjure images of Grimm at the end in the Air Stream? I did.
★★★★★ THOROUGHLY ENJOYED LIE CATCHERS FROM THE FIRST TO THE LAST CHAPTER
I thoroughly enjoyed Lie Catchers from the first to the last chapter!! I loved the main characters and want to know more about them. And I liked the family The Hacienda represents—if it were real, I would want to visit! The interrogation techniques of the detectives were fascinating and the heart of the story's mystique. A great read!! I hope that there will be more lie catcher stories out soon!
★★★★★ BISHOP AT HIS FINEST
Another great offering from Paul Bishop. I've been a big fan of his for years. His books never fall short and this one is no exception. He does a fantastic job of seamlessly blending character development, dramatic tension and action in yet another great story. Highly recommended.
★★★★★ I LOVE IT WHEN A BOOK ENDS WITH ME FEELING EXCITED
I love it when a book ends with me feeling excited about the next! Lie Catchers did that for me. I delivered a fascinating insight to the psychological aspects of interrogation, as well as an intriguing partnership with the characters Calamity Jane and Pagan. I finished it in two sittings while enjoying the secrets each character shared, and the excitement of the fast paced story that unfolded. Bishop delivered. Can't wait for the next book in the promised series. As a side note: I appreciate the way Bishop writes about strong, yet vulnerable women who bust butt in a predominately male field. Obviously, it comes from his own personal experience. I love that too.
★★★★★ A JOURNEY INTO THE MIND
Lie Catchers by Detective Paul Bishop draws you in subtly, yet relentlessly, on two levels: the characters are deeply layered and the plot generates an urgency that keeps you turning the pages and, in my case, staying up way too late on a work night. The basic plot is the desperate quest for a pair of missing children, but the novel is so much more.
At the heart of the story is the relationship between veteran interrogator, Ray Pagan and young detective, Jane Randall who possesses special abilities of her own. We learn about them little by little as they delve into the deeply psychological process of questioning suspects.
Ray Pagan appears, in some ways, a contradiction in terms. On the one hand he seems impossible to reach emotionally, yet, at the same time, his ability to connect with his interrogation subjects feels personal, as if he is truly responding to them from somewhere deep inside himself--from a place of pure empathy bereft of judgment. It is our quest to know more about Pagan that propels the story, and what we hope will be a new series.
The novel is told through the eyes of Jane Randall, and it couldn't be told any other way. Ray Pagan fascinates us. He hails from a misty past of secrets and pain and we work side by side with Jane to discover who he is and where he has been, both physically and psychologically. And Jane is the perfect person to take us on this journey. She is open and her vulnerabilities are accessible. She is all of us at a new job, or any job where we have felt uncomfortable. She is compelling in her own respect and more than just a vehicle to show us who Pagan is; she has carried her own secret for years.
This is a highly authentic book by a world-renowned expert in the field of interrogation. Detective Paul Bishop has served on the LAPD for 35 years honing his skills and releasing his natural ability to connect with suspects, instill trust, and find the truth. At the end of the book is the best example of show don't tell when Bishop grants us a window into his first interrogation and his last arrest. Fortunately for us, it won't be Pagan or Randall's last...
★★★★★ SVENGALI WITH A BADGE
Jaded by the profusion of crime, mystery, suspense, and buddy police procedural novels out there? Well, Lie Catchers might very well be the shot in the arm you need to jar you from your torpor. There are hundreds of novelists cranking out police procedurals who are clueless (no pun intended) about actual police work, just as there are dozens of cop authors whose literary skills don’t transcend writing traffic citations. Rest assured Paul Bishop doesn’t fall into either category. Bishop is a gifted, competent, talented novelist, with the rock-solid street cred attained through 35 years of service (LAPD) first as a patrol officer, then as a high ranking detective. The man is real, as is his work.
Lie Catchers is a highly entertaining read that goes beyond the pall of most contemporary crime / cop fiction. Strongly plotted, I found the backstory regarding the arcane Martin family, and ‘Changeling,’ reminiscent of some of Ross MacDonald’s best Lew Archer novels in eerie tone and mood. Good as the plot (a cornucopia of psychological acrobatics) is, the dual protagonists, Ray Pagan and Calamity Jane Randall, give the novel its heart, soul, and life.
The narrative flows from the first person POV of Calamity Jane Randall, and easily lends access to her inner emotional status: that of a mildly bitter, pessimistic, confused, career cop at a crossroad of both life and career. She’s emotionally battered, physically damaged (severe gunshot wound), yet radiates a stubborn strength. I found her immediately likeable and highly appealing. You just know that once she finds herself she’ll be a force to be reckoned with. Calamity rocks!
Helping Calamity to find herself is her new partner/mentor and veteran detective, Ray Pagan: Superstar interrogator. Master manipulator. Hero to many of his peers, bane to many others. Pagan is a maverick, one who leads with nary a glance over his shoulder to see if anyone is following. A many faceted renaissance man (reminding me of Derek Flint), Pagan at first appears smug and overbearing. In Calamity’s early opinion—insufferable. But, as Pagan’s inner psyche is revealed, we find a compassionate, devoted, champion of and seeker of truth. By mid-book it’s easy to find yourself rooting for Pagan.
Both characters are well developed, and emotionally electric. If that’s not enough, turns out both Pagan and Randall are gifted (cursed?) with separate and unique sensory powers that enhance their ability to discern truth from fiction. This angle is skillfully, and subtly, woven into the narrative, never seeming overdone or too much of a stretch. Lie Catchers is solid escapist literature, served up by a pro, and guaranteed to entertain. Highly recommended. Addendum: The two bonus non-fiction chapters, on Bishop’s first and last busts, alone are worth the very modest Kindle price.
★★★★★ SO, WHEN IS THE SEQUEL?
This was my first Paul Bishop book, and I was really impressed. I felt like I was riding right alongside Pagan and Randall as they unraveled the mystery surrounding their first case. Hopefully this is the beginning of a series because I'd love to spend some more time with these characters. Overall I am really impressed with the author's storytelling abilities. He does a beautiful job of interweaving the perfect amount of his in-depth knowledge of law enforcement / interrogations with the story, so that it blends smoothly with the narrative and doesn't bog down the pacing (a tricky feat for any writer with a long history with the subject matter). Honestly it was captivating. Excellent job. Definitely going to be reading more of his books.
★★★★★ I AM A FAN! YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PUT THIS ONE DOWN
You will not be disappointed. I couldn't put the book down. I can't get enough of the interrogations. If that wasn't enough to keep you interested the characters own background stories are just as complex. I haven't been a big fan of crime novels in the past but that has all changed with Lie Catchers. This book isn't just for crime novel lovers, police officers, or detectives, this book is great for everyone. I plan to get a few copies for Christmas gifts as well. Looking forward to another book in the series.
★★★★★ I LOVED LIE CATCHERS
I loved Lie Catchers. Don't miss out. You will be intrigued by the creative investigative thought process and the melding of the gifts that the two protagonists possess. I couldn't put it down once I started reading. I gave an extra copy to my brother!
★★★★★ COMPLEX CHARACTERS WHO SEEK THE TRUTH
This is the first book I have read by this author. I must say he nailed it! The characters, Pagan and Calamity Jane, are complex, but as the book goes along, you feel you are right there with them seeing and feeling what they are. They have an unorthodox way of finding the truth in the people they talk to. There is humor and some banting between the two of them. It is a really great read and opens you mind to how other people may see you. I eagerly await his next book with Pagan and Jane.
★★★★★ DET. RANDALL WILL SEE RIGHT THROUGH YOU
Thou shalt not lie, but if you do, Detective Randall, will see right through you—in color. Good for her. Who needs a stinking lie detector contraption. Her father was a war combat photographer, so it’s no surprise she sees more than most. Along with Randall is Detective Pagan, in a mystery that leaves you oh-so-ready for (hopefully!) the next step in the series. Look up the word synesthesia, combine it with a masterful detective interrogation team, read Lie Catchers and the story will be stuck under your skin for a long while. An outstanding treatise on optics, gut-feelings, and guilt.
While waiting for the Lie Catchers sequel, I highly recommend Paul Bishop’s Fey Croaker detective series. You won’t be disappointed. Former LAPD detective Paul Bishop knows the details of which he writes about because he was there for 35 years. In Lie Catchers, he takes his interrogation skills to the next extraordinary level!
★★★★★ TRUE INSIGHT INTO INTERROGATION
Having read all of Paul Bishop's novels starring Fey Croaker (a strong female character instead of the same old male detective), I was looking forward to reading his latest novel. His new characters are fresh and current with enough of a psychological twist to keep the reader unable to put the book down. I felt like I was right in the interrogation room and learning, behind the scenes, about the true art of a great interrogator. Bishop's characters have a depth that makes them human and relatable and his many years with the LAPD shines through his storyline. I would recommend this book to all who love this genre and even more to those who normally don't.
★★★★★ A WELL-WRITTEN CRIME NOVEL WITH CROSSOVER APPEAL TO FANS OF OLD-STYLE PULP
I’ve read and enjoyed several of Paul Bishop’s previous novels about LAPD Homicide Detective Fey Croaker. Like them, Lie Catchers is primarily a character-driven police procedural. It features two Los Angeles police interrogators: the quirky, notorious—and highly-effective—Ray Pagan and a less experienced female officer, Calamity Jane Randall, who becomes part of Pagan’s team.
Every aspect of the story is informed by Bishop’s 35 year career as a police officer, so it is well-grounded in fact. But he also gives Pagan and Randall special abilities that make Lie Catchers something of a crossover—a police procedural which will also appeal to fans of old-style pulp characters like The Shadow, their new pulp offspring, and modern TV shows like Heroes.
Pagan is an empath. He can tune into and actually feel the emotions of other people, which is clearly a useful tool in his interrogations. Jane Randall sees lies people tell as colors, an equally useful ability once Randall helps her learn how to handle it. Part of the story arc is about Pagan’s mentoring of Randall.
The main crime in the novel involves mysterious child abductions and the solution of this mystery is definitely not obvious. Lie Catchers is a fast-paced, well-written novel almost surely be the first of a series. I hope so, because I really enjoyed it and give it five stars. By the way, if you buy Lie Catchers, be sure to read the special biographical chapters at the end about Bishop’s first and last arrests as an LAPD cop. They are worth the price of admission in themselves.
★★★★★ EXCELLENT AND HARD TO PUT DOWN
Paul Bishop, author and retired LAPD Detective and Interrogator has written another winner, and this one very original. The protagonists are police interrogators and one appears to be empathic as well. As a team they complement one another and when two children, of the same age, disappear in similar circumstance the team is called in to interview suspects and hopefully solve the cases.
This summary does not do this fine book justice. Bishop provides inside knowledge of what interrogators look for but imparts it in ways that add flavor to the plot. The author excellently weaves in background fact in an effortless manner where another, less experienced writer would have gotten in the way of the plot.
The characters throughout the story are well drawn and even the almost Shanghai-la like location where both officers eventually live (The Hacienda has living spaces, restaurants, a dojo, and even a radio station that plays the standards).
For these reasons, and more I heartily recommend Lie Catchers and rate it among Bishop’s best written works.
★★★★★ THE THRILLING WORLD OF TRUTH AND LIES WITH A VETERAN DETECTIVE AND A MASTER STORYTELLER
Lie Catchers is Bishop at his best. And that's saying a lot. This novel is a thrilling ride along with a veteran detective and a master storyteller. Bishop's writing is smooth, graceful, elegant without being over-wrought.
It would've been easy for Bishop to write Lie Catchers from the point of view of a male detective (he was one, after all), but he chose to write from the POV of a female detective. Bishop really stretches himself creatively and it pays off. Calamity Jane Randall is likeable, complex, and very, very interesting. Lie Catchers is an outstanding novel. This is LA crime fiction re-imagined, revived, and right there waiting for you. So, step into the box (interrogation room) with Randall and Pagan—you won't put the book down until the end.
★★★★★ FILLED WITH UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES
All of Paul Bishop's books are filled with unique perspectives. This one is no different! Bishop’s writing is as intriguing and original as the mind of his new detective, Ray Pagan. Make sure to get a copy!
★★★★★ ANOTHER GREAT BOOK BY PAUL BISHOP
Paul Bishop's experience as a top-shelf interrogator shines through the pages of Lie Catchers, a fascinating emotional story of truth, redemption, and justice. Bishop presents an intriguing cornucopia of characters, each with their own secrets, motivations, and desires—including the dedicated detectives who use avant-garde techniques to sort through deception and lies. Lie Catchers is an outstanding debut to the series featuring top LAPD interrogators Ray Pagan and Calamity Jane Randall.
★★★★★ A GREAT TALE OF COPS, COURT, CRIME AND QUESTIONING
I love the design, layout, touch, feel, size, shape, cut, formatting and heft of this book.
Author Paul Bishop, with fifteen novels and thirty-five years of law enforcement service under his belt, takes us into the world of interrogation via the Los Angeles Police Department. He gives us two new series characters, Ray Pagan and Calamity Jane Randall, who have special insights into coaxing the truth out of interrogation suspects. Pagan has uncommon interrogation skills, while Randall has unusual insights that work brilliantly in the questioning room.
Paired together, these two Los Angeles police detectives combine their skills to scour the city for a pair of missing children, fully aware that their ability to elicit the right answer to the right question could bring violence or death.
This is part police procedural, bringing to mind other great authors who've written about the Los Angeles jurisdiction, partly mystery, and partly old-fashioned story. Some will detect a touch of fantasy in this tale but when closely scrutinized everything in this story is realistic and real-world.
For a cop-buddy saga like this to work, the reader must like the protagonists. At first, I found it a little difficult to like Ray Pagan. I ended up liking him, but wished he had one or two more flaws than the author allows him. Calamity Jane Randall is likable from the start and becomes more so as the tale progresses.
If you like reading about crime, the police and the courtroom, you'll love this story. The writing compares with the best crime novels I've read. This is a great cop story. You gotta have this thing.
★★★★★ LIE CATCHERS- A QUICK REVIEW
I read a lot. I devour books, fiction and nonfiction. It’s part of the gig of being a writer. You have to adore words, feed on stories and delight in the hunt through the pages for the Next Great Thing.
Ladies and Gentlemen (and a few of you people in between), I have found that Next Great Thing.
Paul Bishop’s book, Lie Catchers, introduces the reader into the world of Rycovic Ray Pagan, a legend in the LAPD as an ace interrogator, and Calamity Jane Randall, a detective recovering from a career shattering injury and has been assigned to be Pagan’s minder.
Randall finds Pagan isn’t exactly working at full speed himself. After a disastrous interrogation ending in a young man’s death, Pagan stepped away from the limelight and buried himself in cold cases so subzero nobody wanted to tackle them. However, the Powers That Be have decided it is time for him to come out of his self-imposed exile. To do son, Pagan claims he needs Randall’s help. But why her? Why would anyone want to be partnered up with someone labeled Calamity Jane? I don’t want to say much more. I’d hate to spoil the fun for you. Seriously. Go find out for yourself.
The great thing about this story is it was written by someone who has years of experience as an interrogator. So, you get a quick down and dirty front seat view of what it is like to be in the box. Paul Bishop’s a double threat. A writer who has been in the trenches.
I kind of hate him a little bit for that.
Oh! The last two chapters, detailing Bishop’s first interrogation (so adorable dorktastic) and his last arrest (chilling and fascinating), are worth their weight in gold.
★★★★★ EXCELLENT BOOK WITH TERRIFIC BONUS CONTENT
Here's a good one for those of you tired of the same-old-same with your police stories. Paul Bishop's Lie Catchers is a corker of a book, and a big plus are the bonus features. Paul includes two personal essays from his amazing law enforcement career: his first interrogation, and his last. They are terrific insights into what makes cops tick. There's more that I can say about them, but that takes us into spoiler territory.
You simply have to read this one for yourself. The characters are well-drawn and you'll be on the edge of your seat waiting to see what they do next. Excellent book from an excellent writer.
★★★★★ DON'T GET IF YOU NEED SLEEP
Fantastic! I made the mistake of getting it before I got on a red eye last night. Now, I have red eyes all day at this conference. Wonderful plot, wonderfully told. Great read!
★★★★★ GREAT CRIME NOVEL
I was really looking forward to reading Paul Bishop's latest novel, and he did not disappoint. Lie Catchers is a great twist on the classic hero's journey as our protagonists, Randall and Pagan, are already heroes (whether they realize it or not), but their flaws and vulnerabilities have them seeking redemption for themselves while relentlessly searching for two missing children. The tactics they use fall within a fascinating gray area of legality and ethics, and the unapologetic way Pagan manipulates his interrogation subjects is a master class in psychology. I hope this is the first in a new series from Bishop!
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in police procedural thrillers, mysteries, and crime fiction.
★★★★★ YOU WILL LOVE IT!
I could not put this book down! Reading Bishop's newest book was not only entertaining, but also insightful. You get to travel inside the minds of the greatest interrogators the LAPD has ever seen. You can feel what they feel, and learn the motives behind each character's actions. There is so much personal experience tied in that you feel as if you could really be there in LA trying to find out who did it!
★★★★★ ANOTHER GREAT BOOK FROM PAUL BISHOP
Paul Bishop has come out with another great book. Lie Catchers is a marvelous combination of whodunit with how great interrogation of a suspect is really done. The story is very interesting, the characters are delightful and surprising. The plot device to wrap up the mystery is absolutely brilliant and captivating. Bishop really does who how to tell a great police story. However, this book is more than the crime solver; it is a window into the mind of a brilliant interrogator. I suspect much of this book comes from the mind and experience of Bishop as a police detective.
I highly recommend Lie Catchers. It is a great book. Hopefully a start of a great series. Give us more Bishop!
P.S. Bishop's coda after the book is an account of his first arrest as an LAPD rookie and it is howlingly, delightfully funny. Give us a whole book of these!
★★★★★ I HAD A COMFORTABLE FEELING WHEN I STARTED TO READ
Having read other books by Paul Bishop, I had a comfortable feeling when I started to read his new book, Lie Catchers. In order to do a good review, I always start a book with an open mind and hopefully, no preconditions on the current book and no comparisons with previous books by the same author.
Paul Bishop writes books about cops for a simple reason - he WAS an LAPD detective for quite a number of years. He brings to all of his stories his own experiences. This gives the reader a comfort level with the knowledge that the author has lived many of the actual events. This is in spite of the fact that these books are novels, which by definition are fictitious.
Lie Catchers is something else. This is a book which goes way beyond the typical police story. Much of the narrative of what are called police procedurals involve a certain amount of psychology that's always a big part of what detectives do to solve crimes. But this book goes into psychological aspects rarely used in a cop book.
And Bishop really makes it work. As the two partners work on cases, the book becomes almost like a textbook in an advanced psychology course. There are, of course, the players who make up the world of the detectives - criminals, victims, other cops and police administrators. But Lie Catchers really zeroes in on these two partners and how they use their special psychological gifts to literally get into the heads of the people who exist in their work. Rarely will you find the kind of insight that Bishop demonstrates in this truly 5-star book.
One notable observation—the two detectives are living in a place called The Hacienda which has restaurants, shops and private living quarters with all of the residents being a part of what can only be described as a place where a way of life is made a part of the lead characters existence. There is a dojo on premise where exercise takes on a whole new level of meaning for Randall because it addresses the physical limitations she now has to live with since her serious leg injury. The way all of this comes together seems to be a little far-fetched and at the same time very logical.
Lie Catchers really lends itself to more stories later on with the same players. Paul Bishop has done this before with a very well received series featuring detective Fey Croaker, a woman whose stories span five volumes and are all very well crafted. As is his usual style, Bishop does a really good job with storylines and with crisp dialogue all around.
As his latest offering, this book needs a place in your library alongside Paul Bishop's other titles. Don't miss it. Lie Catchers opens up the genre of police fiction to a new and different direction and one which is very welcome.
★★★★★ AN EXCELLENT READ!
Every so often I come across an author who's next book I can't wait to read. Paul Bishop is one of those authors. And Lie Catchers is one of those books. I've enjoyed all of Bishop's past novels over the years, and couldn't wait to read Lie Catchers when I heard it was coming out. I was not disappointed. From beginning to end I didn't want to put the book down. The characters are intriguing, the plot unpredictable, which makes for an enjoyable and satisfying read. Looking forward to book two!