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Sari Bashir is a Muslim American associate in a big law firm -- at least until the pressure of the job got to her. Her body is found on the ground floor of a parking garage, an apparent suicide. But mail-room clerk Stanley Plotkin believes Bashir was murdered -- and he's a guy whose hunches attorney Rachel Gold trusts. Because his Asperger syndrome once precluded him from being able to read facial clues, Plotkin memorized the Facial Action Coding System to compensate -- and now he can tell when someone is lying by watching involuntary facial-muscle movements. Together Gold and Plotkin conduct an unorthodox investigation of Bashir's death, trying to piece together a case with documents, facial tics and Gold's own instinct for sniffing out the truth. Michael Kahn's Face Value: A Rachel Gold Mystery is set against the very familiar background of real-world St. Louis. Kahn reads from and signs copies of Face Value tonight at 7 p.m. at Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-6731 or www.left-bank.com). Admission is free.
Mon., June 23, 7 p.m., 2014

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