Twilight Times Books
If you could always tell when someone was lying, you would think it would be simple to find a murderer, but it isn't that easy as Insu-ha Dar learns when he is sent to Dak-moon to identify a killer.
The Eyes of Truth is a mystery in a fantasy setting. The oriental kingdom of Naj is a violent, mountainous land, prone to earthquakes, ruled by the descendents of the god Insu, each with the ability to tell when someone is lying. It is a land where the spirits of the newly deceased return to roam the streets during the festival of Ram-sho, where soothsayers conjure up elementals, and where watch dragons bugle warnings of impending disaster.
When Insu-ha Dar is sent as the Dyamu's Hand to investigate the death of a gardener found drained of all blood, he finds murder isn't the only thing wrong in Dak-moon. The city is gripped with the superstitious fear of a wo-nur, a creture returned from the dead to plague the living with a horrible sickness, and ruled by a ruthless Magistrate, who grabbed the secret of immortality form the Dolzi and now forces others to pay the price for his obsession.
A warbling cry from the throats of the watch dragons bugled through the stillness. Then the ground began to shake. Dar, thrown off blance, grabbed Waulo. As quickly as it came, the earth treamor was gone. Stillness returned. Dar stood poised, expectant, but after a moment, relaxed. Just another earthquake.
"Something bad is going to happen," Waulo proclaimed solemnly.