In This Chapter
• Verbal deception techniques
• Lying by distraction
• Forms of deceptive truths
You’ve heard the expressions “something’s fishy,” “something doesn’t smell right,” or “something doesn’t feel right.” They all mean the same thing—that someone’s story doesn’t ring true. It’s what we also call a red herring.
In this chapter, you learn how to sniff out these lies and distracters like a pro. We examine different ways people dance around the truth, both to hide it and to reveal it—obliquely, when a straight shot might seem harsh, awkward, or unpleasant.
Read My Lips
Warren D. Holmes, a former Miami police detective and authority on interrogation and polygraph examination, lists 12 common ways people try to steer ...