The Best Lie is the Truth by Raymond Long
Approx. 38,810 words.
Published on November 15, 2010.
Venezuela: A body floating in the bay turns out to be a wealthy American. A promising young banker who knew him is missing after mysteriously coming into money. Their circle of friends includes the scions of wealth and political power, and a girl of entrancing beauty whose origins no-one seems to know. The pressure is on to solve this case, and not just because of the corpse's identity.