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The Simple Truth
The Simple Truth
Author: David Baldacci
The phenomenal bestselling author of THE WINNER and ABSOLUT POWER returns with another riveting tale that will keep readers captivated. Twenty-five years ago, Rufus Harms was convicted of a murder he knows he committed. But when his memory is jogged by a letter from the army, he has a shocking realization: he's not guilty. From prison, Rufus se...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780446607711
ISBN-10: 0446607711
Publication Date: 11/1/1999
Pages: 544
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 414 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
"The Simple Truth" was my second Baldacci book and I wasn't disappointed...

John Fiske is estranged from his brother Michael, who is a clerk for the Supreme Court. But when Michael is murdered, John decides to take a break from his defense attorney life and re-visit his cop days to help out in the investigation. The key piece of evidence is a missing appeal that Michael took from the mail room but never logged into the system. It was filed by one Rufus Harms, a black soldier who has been in prison for a quarter century for murdering a little girl. The appeal must contain something that others wish to have buried, because everyone who touches the appeal becomes a target... even John Fiske.

The story is structured in a way that you know the appeal must be personally damaging to many high-powered individuals, but you really don't know the what or why until close to the end. For a 500+ page novel, I was surprised Baldacci could keep the plot line moving enough to prevent me from putting the book down. A good read.
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Helpful Score: 4
Another excellent read by Baldacci. As far as I am concerned, this author is the king of suspense. "The simple truth" is a page turner that will give you short nights of sleep until you finish it. You better plan the read for a weekend if you value getting to work on time.
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Helpful Score: 3
I like this author and this is really one of his best. Complex, good characters, good plot. Enjoyed from first to last.
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Helpful Score: 2
Pretty good book. It had a very surprising ending; a twist on who is the bad guys and who is the good guys.
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Another good novel by Baldacci. Has you guessing at who was involved in the original crime of 20 years ago.
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Loved this story and the characters. Learning new things is always good. The main character Sara Evans is a Supreme court justice's clerk. Since Baldacci is an attorney his knowledge of the Supreme Court is an interesting side to the story about a black army soldier framed for the murder of a young white girl. The story is hard to put down and the ending was great. Never could guess where it was going to end which to me is the essence of a mystery!
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Great story! The first couple chapters were a little slow and confusing...but I hung in there and could hardly put it down. Definitely recommended.
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Found it a bit harder to "get into" than most of Baldacci's other books, but it was worth reading.