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Help finding a book

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Hi, I'm new here. Hope this is the right group.

I read a book in the 90s and cannot remember the title or author.
It's about a man who can always tell if someone is lying. He is broken out of an asylum or prison (can't recall) by a nurse (?) to help prevent an assassination of the president.

A key phrase is; "an unstoppable force meets an immovable object".

Does anyone know this book?
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Re: Help finding a book

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Saurus wrote: Tue Apr 16, 2024 3:55 am Hi, I'm new here. Hope this is the right group.

I read a book in the 90s and cannot remember the title or author.
It's about a man who can always tell if someone is lying. He is broken out of an asylum or prison (can't recall) by a nurse (?) to help prevent an assassination of the president.

A key phrase is; "an unstoppable force meets an immovable object".

Does anyone know this book?
If you could remember character names or even the author's name... That'd be a great help.
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Is it "The Lie Detector" by David Baldacci? fnf go
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Thanks for the help so far - it would be much easier if I could remember a name of a character but unfortunatly not - it was in the 90s that I read it.

Alos, it's not a Baldacci - I've checked through all of his books.
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Longshot, but given the length of time since reading and the fact you may have a slightly inaccurate recollection of the story, could it be The Dead Zone by Stephen King?
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Saurus wrote: Tue Apr 16, 2024 3:55 am Hi, I'm new here. Hope this is the right group.

I read a book in the 90s and cannot remember the title or author.
It's about a man who can always tell if someone is lying. He is broken out of an asylum or prison (can't recall) by a nurse (?) to help prevent an assassination of the president. snow rider

A key phrase is; "an unstoppable force meets an immovable object".

Does anyone know this book?
The book you're referring to sounds like "The Man Who Used the Universe" by Alan Dean Foster. In this science fiction novel, the protagonist, Kees vaan Loo-Macklin, is known for his remarkable ability to understand and manipulate people, which might be why you remember the aspect of knowing when someone is lying.
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Indeed, the number of books is a huge treasure of knowledge. For each generation there is a change. The book you read seems to be related to the art of behavior analysis.
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