Thursday, October 7, 2010

You wouldn't lie to me, would you?

Writing as Dr. Maggie Walsh, radio talk show host at WYME, and the heroine of the Talk Radio Mysteries.

Cyrus just asked me who I'd like to have as a guest on the show next month, and I gave him a list of possibilities. Right at the top of the list is a former FBI agent who's written a terrific book called HOW TO SPOT LIES LIKE THE FBI. His name is Mark Bouton and he's also written mystery novels, this is his first non-fiction book.

From what I can tell, Mark Bouton is a cross between Special Agent Aaron Hotchner (Criminal Minds) and Dr. Cal Lightman (Lie to Me). Here's what he says in a press release: "Lies cause wars, home foreclosures and bank failures. A career FBI agent who nabbed murderers, bank robbers kidnappers and uncovered the Oklahoma City bomber, Mark Bouton knows how to spot lies. It aided him in handling intriguing cases, and it even saved his life. In his new book, he teaches you many secrets to save you from heartbreak and financial ruin."

Wow, what do you think? Do you have a good handle on when someone's lying to you? I think I need Mark's book today! And I know he'll be a terrific guest here on WYME."


  1. It's easy to spot when some people are lying. Wives when asked 'is that new?' always lie by saying they bought the handbag/shoes/blouse/coat ages ago. They even sometimes embellish by saying something like 'I wore it at such-and-such an event,' and then seize the advantage by adding 'you never pay me enough attention!'

    Men will lie to get the latest gadget. 'If I had an iPad, I'd get my work done quicker and we'd have time to go to more Tupperware parties!' Okay not quite as believable, but you get my drift.

    Politicians are the easiest though. Just look for their lips moving. This book could be useful for all the others.

  2. I'm not sure if I'm good at knowing if someone is telling the truth. Depends on how good of a liar they are!

  3. Of course, those of us who write fiction *never* lie.

  4. I'll keep an eye out for this book. We can never be too careful! I agree that he'd be great to interview.

  5. Hi Maggie,

    I may have to pick up this book to help me with my junior high counseling group. Lying is second nature to some of those boys.

    Thanks for the tip.


  6. Mark gives terrific examples in his book, all the "tells" (voice, body language, facial expression, word choice, etc). And there are photographs, too, which are very helpful.