Books The Practice of Deceit by Elizabeth Benedict Hardcover, 268 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, List Price: $23.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Practice of DeceitAuthorElizabeth Benedict Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary The author of Almost chronicles a particularly nasty divorce that pits a quintessential "nice guy" against his ex-wife, a manipulative lawyer who will stop at nothing to conceal her own sordid past and destroy his credibility. 50,000 first printing. Genres: Mysteries, Thrillers & Crime Fiction Also by Elizabeth Benedict What My Mother Gave Me Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Practice of Deceit Summer Reading: Fiction Excerpt: 'The Practice of Deceit' June 9, 2005 A man finds himself facing criminal charges when he finds out that his lawyer wife is not everything she seems, in this "beachiest of beach books" recommended by All Things Considered's book critic, Alan Cheuse.