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Lise McClendon a.k.a. Rory Tate

Whether writing mysteries under my real name, Lise McClendon, or edgy thrillers as Rory Tate, there is nothing I love more than compelling characters engaged in edge-of-your-seat drama. Read more about my books at www.lisemcclendon.com

Feverishly working....

... on my new thriller. I'm writing as Rory Tate this time (again -- see Jump Cut, 2011.) PLAN X comes out in June. Watch for it! Here's what people are saying:


  • PLAN X is both thrilling and sophisticated. In a serpentine story that races from small-town Montana to the vaulted halls of Windsor Castle, nothing is as it seems, including the works of the great Shakespeare himself. Former military and current police officer Cody Byrne is unforgettable--a heroine you want to root for. I love this book!

    --New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author J. Carson Black


  • Plan X is an mystery/crime/spy novel that crosses international borders from Montana to England and back again. Cody Bryne is a cop in Bozeman, Montana, who has PTSD from her tour in Iraq. Cody must deal with panic attacks left over from her stint in the army where she was an explosive specialist.

    This is one of the best crime/mystery novels I have ever read and I've read a lot of them. The action begins in the first chapters and continues up to the end. It is exciting, spellbinding and riveting.    -- Ruth Ann Hixson


In nicely contrasted settings of western Montana and England, the author weaves a twisted tale of spies and cops and scholars in pursuit of antiquities with the potential for either fame or ugly disclosure.  Murder is committed along the way, and Bozeman policewoman Cody Byrnes is determined to set things right for the victims.  Cody is hampered by a dysfunctional family and the aftereffects of a combat tour in Iraq that didn’t turn out well for her.  She must address all of her problems as she seeks answers to her questions from a host of experts and deceitful characters found in England’s great institutions.  Why not wrap it up at Windsor Castle?  A lot of superb research and talented writing went into this story and readers are encouraged to take advantage of it.  -- William Lovejoy