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Publisher's Summary

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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Bad Narration

Struggled all the way to Ch14 and couldn't take any more of the narrator.I would like to listen to it read by someone else

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Amazing thriller.

Wonderfully told and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

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  • Sabrina
  • yuma, AZ, United States
  • 09-21-15

Page turner

I didn't want the book to end. He's a gifted author. I will recommend this to my friends.

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Poor narrator, good story

Narrator was more tolerable at 1.25 times normal speed. After that I enjoyed the story.

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Outstanding book

The author kept me listening right up to the. There were many twists and turns. This book prove Baldacci is one of my favorite.

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listening hell....

Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Jonathan Marosz?

I've listened to many books by Baldacci but this is the first book by Marosz and honestly I hope I never have to listen to him again.

What didn’t you like about Jonathan Marosz’s performance?

monotone and boring, no excitement at all and it made it very rough to finish the book but because I like Baldacci I toughed it out.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

maybe

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  • Paula
  • Overland Park, KS USA
  • 09-01-14

Oh Mercy How the Truth Escapes Us!

Baldacci has provided legal-drama addicts with a good one here. The characters were terrific and of course, the various lawyering doings were excellent as usual. Enjoyed this one from start to finish!

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Riveting!

I bought this book a long time ago and it sat in my library. Finally I started reading another Baldacci book and couldn't get enough I've enjoyed all of them and look forward to reading more in the future.

This book kept me interested from start to finish. With lots of different plot lines and possibilities, I couldn't wait to hear what would happen next and who was involved. The book was hard to stop listening to because I wanted badly to find the answers to all the questions hanging in the air.

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Good Solid Story

What did you love best about The Simple Truth?

Kept me interested with a little bit of everything. Murder, Legal, political, and romance.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Slightly. I was worried about who might get murdered next. Also wanted to guess who might be the other bad guy.

What does Jonathan Marosz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good solid narration. Not a distraction as some can be.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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The story was GREAT... --- but the narrator...?

The story was very, very GOOD! The only thing lacking was a good reader!

It was very hard to discern when it was a female person talking or just the readers monotone voice just reading on as usual. However it is still a GREAT listen!!!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful