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David Baldacci's novels have been called "sizzling" (USA Today) and "superior" (Houston Chronicle). Now Baldacci is back, with the story of a death row inmate, a Supreme Court clerk, and a crime that is costing people their lives.

Michael Fiske broke the law when he took Rufus Harms's prison letter from the Supreme Court. But he also sealed his own fate. Now Michael's brother, a cop turned attorney, is coming to Washington to find out why his brother was murdered - and what it had to do with a crime that Rufus Harms committed 25 years before.

In his new novel of corruption, romance, family, and justice at the heart of the American republic, David Baldacci takes us on a journey of harrowing conspiracy - and proves once again that in the realm of suspense, he is in a league of his own. The simple truth... it's never what it seems.

©2001 David Baldacci (P)2011 Hachette

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Can't finish because of narrator.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I couldn't get past the first few chapters because the narration was so monotone and dull. Love this author, I guess I'll read the book.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Gary
  • arvada, co, United States
  • 11-15-11

narration

outstanding author...love to read him...terrible terrible narration stopped after 3 chapters.

should get my money back

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Bad bad narrator.

The narrator greatly detracts from the book.  His cadence and rhythm never changes and it is maddening. 

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 10-29-11

Disappoint? Balcacci? Not Likely!

As a plotter, Baldacci seems to be among the most playful thriller writers. And in the Simple Truth we all get to play his game. The point is that the book goes from point A to point END as if it's supposed to go that way. Too many authors in this genre seem to turn their endings into the last two minutes of an NBA game. You know, where all heel explodes and the preceding stuff was just there to get the fans through their beers and back-slapping. In the Simple Truth the entire story arc's got game. And you aren't left wanting another stopping place or wondering why there were so many parts left over as you pull the plot apart in backward glances. The simple truth is that the characters, feelings, and plot all work. Cool!

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Good read. It will capture your attention & time

It takes time for the story to develop. Once the story develops it's a riveting story with twists and turns. I hated to see it end

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Read

This was such a great read, I hated when the story ended. Lots of action and intriguing!!!!

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Heart Stopping!!

This book kept me up all night. I could not stop listening until the end. Heart racing good fun. Thank you David Baldacci

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Complicated characters

I found the beginning quite complicated with the over whelming introduction of characters and story line.
Once it got going the story flowed quite well.

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AWESOME

Loved it. Great reader. I wish the authors would write more books like this one

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good book

good story, starts of slow then grabs you and does let go, another great book by Baldacci

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