“Good will, like a good name, is got by many actions, and lost by one.”
For assistant district attorney Jack Hilliard, the protagonist of Tell No Lies, truer words have never been spoken. When Jack finds himself simultaneously seduced by a dream job and a tempting woman, his moral compass starts to falter and he soon learns that bad decisions have even worse consequences . . .
Jack appears to have it all: intelligence, good looks, a great job, and a solid marriage with his wife, Claire. But he finds himself at a crossroads in his life when, on the same night his boss announces his resignation as DA, his subterranean flirtation with his enigmatic lawyer friend Jenny bubbles to the surface.
Jack soon learns how easy it is to compromise his values and comfortable life for ambition and desire. Despite Claire’s counsel to stand by his beliefs, Jack misrepresents his position on the death penalty to secure the top spot at the DA’s office. As the pressures of the campaign mount, he struggles to deny his growing obsession with Jenny, who supports his ambitions at whatever cost. When Jenny becomes the main suspect in a shocking murder, and Jack is the only one who can prove her innocence, he faces an excruciating choice: save Jenny by speaking out, or save his marriage and career by remaining silent.
In the end, both Jack and the reader are left to wonder whether—despite the length or depth of a relationship—anyone can ever really know another, or even sometimes, oneself. Tell No Lies is about the relationships we forge and those we destroy, despite our good intentions.