Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-611881-45-5

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-936558-94-0

Publication date: July 1, 2014

368 pages

“Because of his intriguing plots, quirky characters and a mind that just keeps racing, Gilleo is becoming one of the favorite new American mystery writers.”

– Readers’ Favorite


Runner-up: 2014 San Francisco Book Festival Awards

Finalist: Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award

Finalist: 2014 International Book Award

Finalist: 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards

Winner: 2014 Beach Book Festival

Dan Lord is a forty-year-old private detective with a law degree working the blurred line between right and wrong in the Nation’s Capital. As a self-employed solutions broker and legal consultant, he works for a very select clientele. He doesn’t advertise and only takes cases on referral. But when two people close to him are murdered, Dan's work becomes very personal.

With the assistance of a newly hired female intern, extracting clues from a ladder of acquaintances, Dan bounds through both the underbelly and elite of society, each step bringing more questions and yet ultimately taking him closer to the answer he seeks. A bail bondsman, a recluse hacker, a court clerk, a university student, an old-school barber, a high-class madam, an intelligence officer, a medical doctor, and a police detective are among the list of people Dan must cajole for help. His quest will lead him to discover things he never wanted to know, and put him in the position to reveal things that important people would prefer remain unrevealed.

Tense, ingenious, and filled with the unforgettable characters that have become a Mark Gilleo trademark, Favors and Lies is the most thrilling novel yet from one of the great new voices in suspense fiction.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the ride.”
– San Francisco Book Review


Favors and Lies 

Mark Gilleo




“I thoroughly enjoyed this modern thriller; it is fast moving, action packed, full of tension and the plot is complex and has a few twists that you will not see coming and the narrative was so engaging it kept me reading into the early hours of the morning until I finished this read.”

– Reading, Writing and Riesling

“Pretty much non stop from the very first chapter…. If you love a good suspense, murder mystery story then I can't recommend Mark Gilleo enough.”

– Shelly’s Book Shelves

"Some of us spend decades learning how to write. Mark Gilleo is one of those rare naturals – or at least it seems that way," says Jeff Stein, columnist and National Security Editor of Spytalk. Gilleo's novels have received numerous awards and literary recognition, including winning a National Indie Excellence Award and a Beach Book Festival award, and being a finalist in the William Faulkner-Wisdom creative writing competition. Meanwhile, readers are responding enthusiastically to Gilleo's refined combination of unique, relatable characters and intricate, nuanced plotting.