- Paperback: 506 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (26 Feb. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671033077
- ISBN-13: 978-0671033071
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 11.2 x 3.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,104,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rufus Harms is rotting in a Virginian 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 fight 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, Amazon.com
'Compelling... finely drawn... a page-turner worth losing sleep over' (USA TODAY) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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He manages to get a letter off to the Supreme Court, but the clerk who finds it comes to investigate further - he never comes home. The clerk's brother, an ex-cop turned attorney, and another Supreme Court clerk, tries to discover what happened.
Obviously, there are strong forces working against them, and every time they get near the truth, something happens. Baldacci cleverly builds up a sensation of paranoia and of impending doom, while a romance is slowly developing between the ex-cop and the clerk, despite their problems and their fear and hopelessness.
Gradually, they discover what happened, but only in the final moments the whole picture becomes clear. And the whole truth is both shocking and surprising.
Competent and well-written with a fast-paced plot, this is a novel I can recommend for some hours of light reading. The characters are well developed (for the thriller genre), the plot is not all that unbelievable and Baldacci is a good story-teller.
This is the first Baldacci book I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were well developed and you really got to know them and understand what drove them. On top of that there are plenty of twists, some of which you suspected others came very much as a surprise.
If you like legal thrillers then "The Simple Truth" is definitely worth reading. 9/10.
If the hero or his late brothers ex-girl had been brutally slain by a renegade FBI Officer with something to hide I didn't care.
If the hero or his late brothers ex-girl had been brutally slain by an escaped con I wouldn't care
If the hero or his late brothers ex-girl had walked away from danger at every step ... that would have impacted the plot and ruined the book
Excellent storyline with several twists and turns. To say more would destroy the book for new readers, but I can guarantee you that you won't be disappointed.
With each new book that David Baldacci writes I am always highly impressed with how he introduces new characters and he makes them all very plausible.
I highly recommend this book!
If you want a book that hooks you from start to finish and leaves you believing that the story you have just read is in fact true and not a work of fiction, then buy this book today! 5 Stars for Baldacci! There is no better Legal Thriller writer, and that is the simple turth...
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A very good read -a thriller that holds your attention right to the
Last chapter.i enjoyed it a great deal
Brilliant. I came across this author by accident and enjoyed the story so much I went on to buy many of his titles. Would recommendPublished 4 months ago by DMB
An excellent compelling read. Thrilling suspense on every page.Published 5 months ago by Janet Gleeson