As Paul Wakefield paddles his kayak across Mouat Channel off Vancouver Island, he hears the engine of a yacht cutting through the fog toward him. In an instant, the cruiser swamps Paul and the young girl beside him, then disappears into the fog, never to be seen again. Dumped into the winter ocean, the terrified girl thrashes in the ice-cold water, submerging Paul in her frenzy to survive. In a desperate attempt to save them both, Paul makes a fateful decision.
The Good Lie goes deep into the hearts and souls of characters who struggle to adapt to an utterly senseless incident. Faced with grieving parents demanding retribution, Paul and his wife Valerie find their pressured by a series of events that threaten to consume them.
"From the first act of instinctive violence to the shattering event that liberates Bailey's characters from its thrall, Bailey has both characters and readers twisting on the spit of morality: What is good? What is evil? Bailey's vision is absolutely compelling."
-- Marilyn Bowering, author of What It Takes to be Human and Visible Worlds.
D.F. Bailey was born in Montreal. He received a B.A. (English) from the University of New Brunswick and a master's degree in counselling psychology from University of British Columbia. He is the author of two other novels, Fire Eyes (finalist for the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award) and Healing the Dead. He was a professor at the University of Victoria and the coordinator for the Professional Writing Cooperative Education Program for ten years. He now writes full time.