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The Simple Truth (original 1998; edition 1999)

by David Baldacci

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Title:The Simple Truth
Authors:David Baldacci
Info:Grand Central Publishing (1999), Edition: 23d ptg., Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Collections:thrillers, Your library, Read but unowned
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Tags:political thriller, conspiracy

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The Simple Truth by David Baldacci (Author) (1998)

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Convicted of a murder that took place twenty-five years ago, an innocent Rufus Harms secretly files an appeal with the Supreme Court, but the real killers embark on a deadly campaign to ensure that the case will remain closed, eliminating all who could r
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
In a Virginia military prison Rufus Harms is just one more lifer claiming innocence, Convicted of killing a girl on an army base twenty-five years ago, Harms smuggles a desperate letter out of his prison cell. On request of Harms, Samual Rider, the lawyer that represented him of those charges in the military visited Harms in prison. The evidence was hidden within the envelope that was searched by the guards first and given to Rider too remove it from the prison cell. It's a bombshell-an appeal to the Supreme Court, that claims he was forced to commit murder, the army had given him PCP on an experimental drug program that the government were doing to some of their soldiers. ( )
  Gatorhater | Jun 26, 2013 |
Unlikely but exceptionally well written and well plotted thriller, with characters who come to life on the page. ( )
  NaggedMan | Apr 29, 2013 |
Another thriller that didn't thrill. Plot seemed a tad forced. recommended only for Baldacci faithful. ( )
  BookWallah | Apr 28, 2012 |
A Supreme Court clerk learns about a conspiracy through an appeal filed by a lifer and is murdered to cover it up. His brother and girlfriend are soon on the case to track the killer.

Baldacci's writing is frequently plodding, the characters are thoroughly stereotyped, and the plot is both predictable and ridiculous.

Read in 2001. ( )
  sturlington | Feb 24, 2012 |
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David Baldacci is a superb storyteller, and even better writer...His genius is to keep readers guessing and reading while he's tossing out twists like so much confetti...He compels you to read, and read, and read. You won't argue.
added by keeper3014 | editThe Literary Review Service, Harry Odum
 
David Baldacci is in total control, every second, every page.
added by keeper3014 | editVirginian-Pilot
 
He's done it again!...David Baldacci has become a key player in the action-suspense genre...Baldaccii...excels at creating suspense.
added by keeper3014 | editNewark Star Ledger
 
Gripping...The pace never yields...You'll love this book, that's the simple truth.
added by keeper3014 | editTimes Record News (TX)
 
Top-notch...Baldacci writes thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing right up until the end...John Grisham has some serious competition.
added by keeper3014 | editSouthern Pines Pilot (NC)
 

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The Truth is rarely pure and never simple. -Oscar Wilde
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To Michelle: The simple truth is, my life doesn't work without you. This book is also lovingly dedicated to the memory of Brenda Gayle Jennings, a special child.
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At this prison the doors are inches thick, steel; once factory smooth, they now carry multiple dents.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0446607711, Mass Market Paperback)

Rufus Harms is rotting in a Virginia military prison. As readers learn in the terse opening of The Simple Truth, he was convicted 25 years ago of the brutal killing of a young girl. Readers also learn that Rufus did not commit the crime; out of a haze of memories and with fragments of evidence, he has reconstructed the truth about the horrid event that ruined his life. He knows his discovery could cost him his life, so he breaks from prison after sending an appeal to the Supreme Court that details a massive conspiracy tied into the foundations of Washington.

The complex drama of Rufus Harms is only one of the interwoven threads in this massive, violent legal thriller that also draws from the vocabulary of hard-boiled crime fiction. Baldacci offers glimpses into the arcane politics of the high court, where Justice Elizabeth Knight wages war with the manipulative Chief Justice Harold Ramsay. And while Harms struggles to keep out of harm's way and the justices duke it out, Supreme Court law clerk Sara Evans toils with ex-cop John Fiske to discover the import of Harms's appeal (and, simultaneously, to uncover the murderer of Mike Fiske, John's law clerk-brother and the original holder of the appeal). Their interest in the document apparently draws the attention of the same deadly conspirators who manipulated Harms over two decades earlier. While the armed mayhem sometimes rises to the point of excess, Baldacci's novel continues to offer new surprises until the final pages. --Patrick O'Kelley

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Twenty-five years after being convicted of the murder of a little girl, a black soldier discovers he was set up: someone drugged him to kill. When Rufus Harms appeals, the real killers come after him, so he breaks out of jail to help a lawyer bring them to justice. The book contains mature language situations.… (more)

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