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The Simple Truth is about a young, black conscripted soldier, Rufus Harms, who was jailed for brutally killing a schoolgirl. Yet, after twenty five hard years of imprisonment, a stray letter from the US army reveals new facts about the night of the murder and the evil secret shared by some of Washington's most powerful men. Harms seizes his one chance to life and freedom. But within hours the only people who knew about the appeal have been hunted down and eliminated. As the unknown assassins close in on Harms, ex-cop turned criminal attorney John Fiske is drawn into the web. His younger brother is already a victim, the woman he loves is under threat.
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The review of this Book prepared by sudhir kontham

Another interesting suspense thriller from David Baldacci that keeps you on tenderhooks in a tightly woven suspense till the very end. Plots involving relentless investigation seem to be David's forte. The way he develops and etches the main characters is worth appreciating, even the minor and peripheral characters also stand out sharply.

John Fiske, a cop turned lawyer, is suddenly summoned by police to identify the body of his estranged brother Mike, purportedly killed by robbers. Sara Evans, a colleague and close associate of Mike is shocked at this tragedy. She remembers having seen Mike dazed and distracted a few days before his death and also had seen an appeal addressed to Supreme Court by a prisoner in Mike's possession which seems to have a sinister connection to Mike's death.

Sara and John decide to join hands to unravel the truth. Thus begins a tale of meticulous investigation which is not only protracted, exciting but also dangerous and violent. A group of powerful people wants to suppress the truth contained in an appeal filed by a soldier incarcerated in a military prison for last 25 years. The climax leads to surprise unraveling of the mastermind behind the conspiracy.

In course of the story, David analyses and catalogues the power games in Supreme Court as well as in the entire judicial system. The racial prejudice seems to dominate the American psyche, especially in the law enforcement.
Interwoven is a subtle string of romance between Sara and John that provides welcome relief from the tension.

We come across a strange event of full bench of 9 judges hearing a case, and the counsels are rarely given a chance to speak because a junior judge and the Chief Justice are arguing vociferously for and against the case in full public view! Does something like this ever happen?

This apart, it is an interesting book and a good entertainer for a dull weekend. I also chanced to read " Saving Grace" by same author, I don't find it worth writing home about.

The review of this Book prepared by r b siddhanti

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 50%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Murder of certain profession?    -   lawyer creatures Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   minority/women/gay rights Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Misc setting    -   prison    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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