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Season Finale: False Idols S1E11 “Ozymandias”

Even though she prevented the embassy bombing, Layla’s work in Cairo isn’t quite done.

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Planning a heist in your next book? We’ve got you covered!

The writing team behind our latest thriller serial, False Idols, put together a list of must watch TV shows to help you bring nuance...

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New Episode: False Idols S1E10 “Line of Fire”

It was bad enough when Layla thought that the Muharib was planning an attack on Washington, DC, but when she discovers that the explosives were sent to Cairo instead and delivered to a storage site near the US embassy, the danger suddenly seems a whole lot closer.

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New Episode: False Idols S1E9 “Fault Lines”

Reluctant as she is to find more incriminating evidence about Bennett Rothkopf, Layla knows there’s something there, so she uses the keys she stole to enter the gallery when no one will be around.

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New Episode: False Idols S1E8 “Deadly Oasis”

James works hard—it’s one of the things Layla loves about him.

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Friday Reads from the False Idols Team

We're kicking off our Friday Reads feature with some fabulous recommendations from the False Idols writing team Diana Renn, Lisa Klink, and Patrick Lohier.

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New Episode: False Idols S1E7 “Trails of Evidence”

Layla’s friendship with Alberto Rossi is beginning to pay off.

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New Episode: False Idols S1E6 “Ties That Bind”

Layla’s friendship with Alberto Rossi is beginning to pay off.

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New Episode: False Idols S1E5 “Family and Friends”

Raw from her disturbing encounter with Pierce, Layla heads to New York with Bennett and James Rothkopf.

From The Writers' Room

Can You Spot the Fakes? Art Relics in False Idols

Some of our extensive research on art relics did made its way into the story at various points, or served as strong inspiration for fictitious scenarios. Other relics were completely invented – either because that made for more convenient storytelling, or because investigations are ongoing, which makes descriptions of actual stolen objects hard to fictionalize.

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New Episode: False Idols S1E4 “Stolen Treasures”

Layla’s admiration for her boss, Agent Pierce, has dimmed a little after the older woman didn’t answer Layla’s calls, leaving Layla in a tight situation.

From The Writers' Room

On Crafting International Intrigue (Or, How I Broke TripAdvisor)

In real life, when I’m not writing, I love to travel, though I suspect I’m a lousy travel companion. This is because I’m never really not writing. I write international mysteries / thrillers. My first three books were set in Japan, Ecuador, and Turkey, respectively. I’m always looking at my surroundings with my radar up for danger. I’m looking for trouble around every corner and down every alley – or at least a book idea lurking somewhere in the shadows. I’m never fully relaxed. And nothing inspires me like travel. That’s partly what drew me to working on False Idols – the chance to write about more international settings. If I’m not able to visit a location for research, I’m frequently combing travel guides and websites with that same eye for intrigue. A marketplace or a festival? Great! How could I propel a high-speed chase scene through it? Pretty sunset over the river? No time to enjoy it! A yacht...Read More >

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