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Mercedes Mercier returns with her must read ‘Black Lies’

Mercedes Mercier returns with her must read ‘Black Lies’
07 July 2023

Author Mercedes Mercier
Author Mercedes Mercier
Author Mercedes Mercier

Mount Gambier Library will host the return of highly sought-after crime writer Mercedes Mercier with the launch of Black Lies on Tuesday 25 July at 7:00pm.

Described as a “tense, propulsive and sharply plotted” read, Mercedes draws on her own experience of working in the criminal justice system for the past nine years, filling her novel with authenticity and intensity.

Mercedes joined us last year with the launch of her debut bestselling novel White Noise which told the story from the perspective of criminal psychologist Dr Laura Fleming. In Black Lies, Dr Fleming is back, and it will have you on the edge of your seat. Team Leader Library Programs Kristi Brooks

Set in Westmead Prison, where only a handful of inmates have committed crimes so atrocious that they’ve been locked away for life, and for fifteen years, convicted murderer Tomas Kovak has refused to disclose where he hid the body of his victim, a vulnerable young woman.

When Kovak is diagnosed with terminal cancer, intense pressure is put on Dr Fleming to find the location of Kovak’s victim, so her grieving family can find closure.

Laura uses all her training, skills, and instinct to form a connection with the cold, remorseless killer. This man has refused any psychological assessment since the day he confessed to the murder.

Drawing on facts and fiction from Mercedes’ career, the storyline initially evolved from a team she sits near that works on legislation.

“A few years ago, they were working on the legislation no body, no parole where if an offender doesn’t release the whereabouts of their victim’s body, they are not eligible for parole. I instantly had so many storylines. From the victim’s perspective, I also explored the idea that women aren’t safe in many areas of our lives,” Mercedes Mercier said.

This a free event with bookings available by contacting the Mount Gambier Library on 8721 2540 or book online at Library's website under ‘Programs and Events’.

Media contact: City of Mount Gambier Communications Officer Madeleine Brookes on 8721 2577 or

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