A Secondhand Lie

A Secondhand Lie Summary

Sometimes you know things you’re not supposed to know. Things that you can never un-know. Things that will change the course of your life…and the fate of the ones you love.

I found her in our living room, bleeding and close to death, but alive. Barely. Until morning stole her last breath. The media called her killer the “Triangle Terror” … and then forgot about her. But I never forgot—my murdered sister, and an investigation that led to my own resurrection from the dead.

Twenty-two years ago, on a cold February night, Landon Worthington lost his father for the last time. After an armed robbery gone wrong, evidence and witness testimony pointed a shaky finger at Dan Worthington—deadbeat dad and alcoholic husband. But before the dust could settle over the conviction, Landon’s preteen sister, Alexis, is murdered in their home, plunging Landon’s life into further despair.

Two decades and a cold case later, Landon is dogged by guilt over their estranged relationship and decides to confront his incarcerated father about what really happened the night of the robbery. But the years of lies are hard to unravel. And the biggest question of all haunts him: How does everything tie into his sister’s murder?

And so begins Landon’s journey to piece together the puzzle of secrets, lies, and truths that can free his father, avenge his sister, and perhaps save himself.

A short story mystery perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni's Third Watch and Dean Koontz's The Neighbor.

Read as a standalone or as the companion book to A Secondhand Life.

Book Reviews


A Second Hand Lie4 star

Well written,look forward to more of your work.45

Southern Editor

A very well written mystery5 star

Landon's father has been imprisoned for a crime he never denied doing. But the facts don't add up, and Landon feels compelled to discover the truth. Was his father as horrible as Landon always thought he was? His search for the truth ends up unearthing more than he bargained for in this short mystery. It's compelling from the first page, written in the provocative literary style that sets Crane apart while drawing us into the drama and emotions. I'm an admittedly huge Crane fan because of how she weaves her words and plots together, and this one doesn't disappoint. It's easy to read as a standalone, or a companion book of the novel A Secondhand Life, which features the same characters.55

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