The Truth and Other Lies

Publisher: Penguin Canada
A literary thriller reminiscent of The Dinner and The Silent Wife that follows a famous author whose wife—the brains behind his success—meets her death, leaving him to deal with the consequences


On the surface, Henry Hayden seems like someone you could like, or even admire. A famous bestselling author who appears a modest everyman. A loving, devoted husband even though he could have any woman he desires. A generous friend and co-worker. But Henry Hayden is a construction, a mask. His past is a secret, his methods more so. No one besides he and his wife know that she is the actual writer of the novels that made him famous.

For most of Henry’s life, it hasn’t been a problem. But when his hidden-in-plain-sight mistress becomes pregnant and his carefully constructed facade is about to crumble, he tries to find a permanent solution, only to make a terrible mistake.

Now not only are the police after Henry, but his past—which he has painstakingly kept hidden—threatens to catch up with him as well. Henry is an ingenious man, and he works out an ingenious plan. He weaves lies, truths, and half-truths into a story that may help him survive. But bit by bit the noose still tightens.

Smart, sardonic, and compulsively readable, here is the story of a man whose cunning allows him to evade the consequences of his every action, even when he’s standing on the edge of the abyss.

From the Hardcover edition.


–Bustle Magazine
Excellent…[a] riveting, bleakly existential novel.”
Bears comparison to Patricia Highsmith – the book fairly twangs with paranoia, sardonic humour and razor-sharp observation.”
The Guardian
"Exceptional...a highly entertaining thriller.... [w]ry humor punctuates this insightful look at a soulless man."
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A cross between James M. Cain and Patricia Highsmith, with a wide streak of sardonic humor, this is one wicked tale. You keep waiting for the author to slip, plot-wise, but, as with his protagonist, you wait in vain. German screenwriter Arango's first novel is superior pulp, with schemers all around and plenty to say about fame, identity, and mortality."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Arango uses dark humor to probe the depths of human depravity in Henry’s borderline psychotic profile. Fans of psychological thrillers will be eager to see whether Henry’s increasingly detailed spin job will protect him or if the chaos he has created will blow his own cover.”
“An edgy nail-biter.”
New Mexico Review of Books

“One thing must be made absolutely clear: Truth and Other Lies is, until further notice, this year’s best achievement on the German crime book scene.”
Die Welt

“Arango writes the perfect portrait of a liar.” 
–Corriere della sera

“Noir fiction of the most beautiful kind, even in its most evil moments maintaining a certain tenderness.”
–Spiegel Online

From the Hardcover edition.