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Twenty five years ago, Rufus Harms was convicted of a murder he believes 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 secretly files an appeal with the Supreme Court, unaware that the real killers are onto him. But the long-time convict knows he's running out of time when his lawye Twenty five years ago, Rufus Harms was convicted of a murder he believes 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 secretly files an appeal with the Supreme Court, unaware that the real killers are onto him. But the long-time convict knows he's running out of time when his lawyer and the Supreme Court clerk--the first person to see Rufus's appeal--are murdered. Escaping with his brother's help, Rufus must now elude capture long enough to expose a shocking cover-up and save his own life.


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Twenty five years ago, Rufus Harms was convicted of a murder he believes 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 secretly files an appeal with the Supreme Court, unaware that the real killers are onto him. But the long-time convict knows he's running out of time when his lawye Twenty five years ago, Rufus Harms was convicted of a murder he believes 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 secretly files an appeal with the Supreme Court, unaware that the real killers are onto him. But the long-time convict knows he's running out of time when his lawyer and the Supreme Court clerk--the first person to see Rufus's appeal--are murdered. Escaping with his brother's help, Rufus must now elude capture long enough to expose a shocking cover-up and save his own life.

30 review for The Simple Truth

  1. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    The first novel by this author they I've read, really enjoyed it. Felt very connected to Rufus and his plight. I will read more of this author for sure. This is a prolific author I really don't know much about. Maybe my friends will have to help me fill in the blanks! The first novel by this author they I've read, really enjoyed it. Felt very connected to Rufus and his plight. I will read more of this author for sure. This is a prolific author I really don't know much about. Maybe my friends will have to help me fill in the blanks!

  2. 4 out of 5

    April

    DNF The simple truth is that this book is so full of racist and sexist stereotypes that I couldn’t get past the first 10%. Baldacci writing a man: “He was intellectually brilliant. Traditional good looks and just so smart. A legal genius. He knew all the things. Seriously, this guy was super excited intelligent.” Baldacci writing a woman: “She had a petite figure with good hips and puckered lips. A little voluptuous but not too much. Long flow hair and a charming smile. The kind of girl you’d want DNF The simple truth is that this book is so full of racist and sexist stereotypes that I couldn’t get past the first 10%. Baldacci writing a man: “He was intellectually brilliant. Traditional good looks and just so smart. A legal genius. He knew all the things. Seriously, this guy was super excited intelligent.” Baldacci writing a woman: “She had a petite figure with good hips and puckered lips. A little voluptuous but not too much. Long flow hair and a charming smile. The kind of girl you’d want on a lonely night....oh yeah, also she was smart.” Baldacci writing a Black person: “He was a thug and a criminal.” Baldacci writing a white person: “He was complicated. He committed crimes, but he had his reasons. He had a rough life. But he loved. And he painted sometimes.”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. We are all entitled to a fair trial. Rufus Harms has spent 25 years in the US Army's Fort Jackson Military Prison, Virgina. Michael Fiske, is a "unprecedented" 3rd year senior clerk to a United States Supreme Court, most clerks take 1 year before going to private law practice. Rufus sends a "appeal" letter to show he was following instructions & drugged in a Army's Vietnam War experiment 25 years ago when accused of a young dead girl - Ruth Ann Mosley(10). Minority races not entitled to justice. M We are all entitled to a fair trial. Rufus Harms has spent 25 years in the US Army's Fort Jackson Military Prison, Virgina. Michael Fiske, is a "unprecedented" 3rd year senior clerk to a United States Supreme Court, most clerks take 1 year before going to private law practice. Rufus sends a "appeal" letter to show he was following instructions & drugged in a Army's Vietnam War experiment 25 years ago when accused of a young dead girl - Ruth Ann Mosley(10). Minority races not entitled to justice. Michael receives the letter, goes to investigate & gets killed. Josh Harms helps his brother escape. John Fiske, Michael's brother, lawyer & x-cop, were never close but he goes to investigate with Sara Evans also at the Supreme Court. They expose Rufus was forced to enter a Army experiment of PCP to make the murder. (Lysergic acid diethylamide - known as acid - "psychedelic drug known for its psychological effects, which may include altered awareness of one's surroundings, perceptions, and feelings as well as sensations and images that seem real though they are not.") During their investigation, John is accused of his brother's murder when they find he is the $500,000 beneficiary to a life insurance policy instead of their parents? Colonel Frank Rayfield (Warden of Fort Jackson Military Prison, 25 years ago, was a Captain in the experiments), Vic Tremaine (2nd in command at the prison, was a Sergeant), Leo Dellasandro (Supreme Court Police Chief, was a Corporal), Richard Perkins (Marshall of Supreme Court) & Sen. Jordan Knight are all involved with the experiment & it's coverups. John Fiske, Sara Evans, Rufus Harms, police detective Chandler & FBI Det. McKenna chase the 5 suspects to solve the crime. The end is interesting, as those in the past, 25 years ago, with the Vietnam crime, now cover it up? How does Justice Elizabeth Knight, 1 of 9 Supreme Court Justices, help solve the crime? And the end is nice, Rufus Harms & John Fiske can say goodbye together to their dead brothers, Josh Harms & Micheal Fiske. Typical chase & murders in a thriller book like this continue throughout the book. *Second read as I had no review entered in my first read*

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anne's-book-reviews

    It took me a while to get into it.. but when i did i didn't want to stop reading, almost every chapter ending with a cliffhanger. It took me a while to get into it.. but when i did i didn't want to stop reading, almost every chapter ending with a cliffhanger.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. David B. has created a page turner in his novel SIMPLE TRUTH. A black man, Rufus, was attacked while in the Army and given a syringe of PCP. The attackers, we do not find out actually who they are until the last 20 pages, hope to kill him. Why? because he spends the Vietnam Era in the Army land side. They being "macho" think he deserves to die, for not seeing combat. He does not die but blacks out. He spends the rest of his life in an Army Prison. The book starts at the epoch when he asks for an David B. has created a page turner in his novel SIMPLE TRUTH. A black man, Rufus, was attacked while in the Army and given a syringe of PCP. The attackers, we do not find out actually who they are until the last 20 pages, hope to kill him. Why? because he spends the Vietnam Era in the Army land side. They being "macho" think he deserves to die, for not seeing combat. He does not die but blacks out. He spends the rest of his life in an Army Prison. The book starts at the epoch when he asks for an appeal to the highest court in the land. The Supreme Court Justices and clerks become imeshed in this appeal for justice. Guess who the five men who perputrated the crime are? One man is in the FBI, another in the police force, another....well the plot gets deeper and most interesting because these men hold high offices and are investigating the murders of the men who are actually trying to help Rufus. The story gets so intense at times you have to put the book down to catch your breath.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Captainslog

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I've read or stopped reading bad books before, this one however is car crash literature. For believablity sake alone I would urge anyone I cared about not to bother with this. I am 2/3 of the way through and want to toss this across the room. If it were a movie I would have been gone long before now. Baldacci sets the scene and develops interesting characters as well as adequately describing their personal worldview. The something happens and the characters start doing things that create plot twi I've read or stopped reading bad books before, this one however is car crash literature. For believablity sake alone I would urge anyone I cared about not to bother with this. I am 2/3 of the way through and want to toss this across the room. If it were a movie I would have been gone long before now. Baldacci sets the scene and develops interesting characters as well as adequately describing their personal worldview. The something happens and the characters start doing things that create plot twists but no sane person able to walk and chew gum at the same time would believe. A Supreme Court Clerk (Michael) proposes to another Supreme Court Clerk (Sara) even though they aren't dating. In fact apart from work they don't see each other. Sara turns him down because there is "no spark" There "is" however someone she does think about and that just happens to be Michael's brother, John who she has never officially met but seen twice in court. Well as luck would have it Michael is murdered after he gets personally involved in an appeal that has been filed with the Supreme Court. Michael's brother John (also a lawyer but once a cop) decides to investigate the case and of course he and Sarah......(see what I mean about ridiculous?)To make it worse she is removed from her job at the Supreme Court, a position she worked all her adult life to attain and seemingly doesn't care because she and John had sex the night before...... Add a handy (but implausible) Army conspiracy, an innocent patsy who has spent 25 years in the stockade for a crime he didn't commit (and of course the Army can't have John and Sarah uncovering their whole sinister plan) as well as one or more Supreme Court Justices that are a tad shady, oh and a perhaps crooked US Senator..... Throw in an apparently corrupt FBI agent who has the ability to frame John for his brother's death (after the fact, I'm sure Mr Baldacci hopes we didn't see that snafu) Baldacci can weave an interesting tale, and writes well, but at places in this story the plot is so thin its hardly there at all. I give this 1 star because I couldn't give it half a star. In my view a terrible (TERRIBLE) book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gyula

    I do like a good thriller, especially with twists and turns. The first few pages of this book are so well written, that I found it promising. Reading further I was wondering if it was necessary to introduce so many characters in the beginning. Now I think it wasn’t. Some of them could appear later, and the first part of the book could be better paced. Baldacci kept the secret hidden until the crisis, which was supposed to give suspense. Actually I found it out at the half of the book, so the fina I do like a good thriller, especially with twists and turns. The first few pages of this book are so well written, that I found it promising. Reading further I was wondering if it was necessary to introduce so many characters in the beginning. Now I think it wasn’t. Some of them could appear later, and the first part of the book could be better paced. Baldacci kept the secret hidden until the crisis, which was supposed to give suspense. Actually I found it out at the half of the book, so the final bang was not so loud for me. But I liked the twist at the end, when the suspected bad guy turned out to be a good one, and vice versa. While I was curious what happen next, the book was too long and sometimes too slow for my taste. The characters were OK, even there were an interesting family connection between the Fiske brothers and the parents. If you have some free time to kill, it’s an OK read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    William

    The narration did not work for me. Maybe better writing could have developed the plot into a more realistic scenario? I muttered "ah come on" too many times. The narration did not work for me. Maybe better writing could have developed the plot into a more realistic scenario? I muttered "ah come on" too many times.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This story takes place in and around Washington DC. It centers around an old man who has spent the last 25 years of his life in a military prison for murder. He files an appeal (I won't tell you why), and a star clerk for the Supreme Court gets involved. There are lots of twists and lots of suspense. There's murder, cover-up, romance, and everything else that David Baldacci is great at. If you've read anything else by him and liked it, you'll love this one. This story takes place in and around Washington DC. It centers around an old man who has spent the last 25 years of his life in a military prison for murder. He files an appeal (I won't tell you why), and a star clerk for the Supreme Court gets involved. There are lots of twists and lots of suspense. There's murder, cover-up, romance, and everything else that David Baldacci is great at. If you've read anything else by him and liked it, you'll love this one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    I've read one other novel by David Baldacci, Divine Justice, one of the Camel Club novels. This was a much better book. Browsing reviews of this book by other readers I get the impression that there are elements of this novel that are common to some of his other books as well. I can understand why that might well be annoying to readers who have read lots of an author's novels. But as someone who is dealing with just this one novel, I'm going to talk mostly just about this book. I liked it an awfu I've read one other novel by David Baldacci, Divine Justice, one of the Camel Club novels. This was a much better book. Browsing reviews of this book by other readers I get the impression that there are elements of this novel that are common to some of his other books as well. I can understand why that might well be annoying to readers who have read lots of an author's novels. But as someone who is dealing with just this one novel, I'm going to talk mostly just about this book. I liked it an awful lot, much more than I liked the other novel. This book, dealing with the Supreme Court and the justice system in general, had a much more substantive feel to it than the other novel. This had the feel of a book that the author cared passionately about. I don't know for sure, but I suspect that Baldacci is concerned about the Supreme Court, its reputation, the tenor of its rulings, and the way the court works vis a vis the cases it takes up, the de-facto negotiation among factions within the court, etc. I'm not going to talk very much about the plot of the novel, simply because there are already so very many reviews in Goodreads that do that. I'll just say that what makes this, to my mind at least, a book far superior to Divine Justice is a combination of well drawn characters and a plot that is at once personal in its effect on the most important characters and also has big-picture range, exploring the aspects of the high court's function as discussed above. Also, it doesn't stint when it comes to secondary characters. There is a nice balance in the way characters are treated in this novel, with almost all of the minor characters coming alive on the page. I won't say it's easy, but it is far easier for a writer to make the protagonist and a couple of other key characters seem fairly real. But in this novel, Baldacci goes well beyond that first tier of characters to create a cast of characters that feels like a bunch of people we might actually know. The one character who I felt was not quite made whole was, unfortunately, the young woman, a clerk at the high court, who was involved with another clerk . . . until shortly before that other clerk is murdered. She is not badly drawn, but she is, to my mind, the least seriously considered character who really matters here. She's a little too good. She is flawed, but in a way that it's hard to criticize. She's looking for Mr. Right . . . and it turns out that the damaged brother of her former lover, who she has never really met before the book opens, is that man. She's seen him in action in court, and on the basis of that experience, she has fallen in love with him . . . or is predisposed to do so. I say that because she expresses that thought before she formally meets him in the novel. Obviously, people do fall in love at first sight sometimes. But having her fall in love from afar with her lover's brother is a pretty twisted bit of psychodrama. And I didn't feel Baldacci really gave the problematic dynamics of that as much attention as it deserved. But otherwise, I thought this was a very well done, tightly suspenseful and well choreographed thriller. It had me worried for the people he wanted me to be worried about, till almost the very end. The end was a little predictable, but I didn't think it was nearly as predictable as some readers seem to have felt. The suspense was there for me up until very close to the end. The fact that the some of what happened at the end was not a big surprise was not nearly serious enough to diminish my enjoyment of the novel Generally, very well done, Baldacci!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Not the best of Badacci's novels, this murder mystery which takes place in and around the US Supreme Court has a rather convoluted plot. Michael Fisk, a gifted young lawyer and US Supreme Court clerk, is murdered in what is made to look like a robbery. His estranged brother John, a criminal defense lawyer and former cop, decides he will aid the police in solving the crime. From this point forward the story involves politicians, convicts, CIA agents, FBI agents, police, Supreme Court security off Not the best of Badacci's novels, this murder mystery which takes place in and around the US Supreme Court has a rather convoluted plot. Michael Fisk, a gifted young lawyer and US Supreme Court clerk, is murdered in what is made to look like a robbery. His estranged brother John, a criminal defense lawyer and former cop, decides he will aid the police in solving the crime. From this point forward the story involves politicians, convicts, CIA agents, FBI agents, police, Supreme Court security officers, Supreme Court justices and many others leading to a not very climactic end. I was disappointed, as the conspiracy unfolded, that the cause of the initial and subsequent murders did not carry the weight of the ensuing carnage. In that regard the story seemed out of balance for me and the plot felt forced. Otherwise, the book is entertaining and the characters are interesting and relatable. Here, the principals are Rufus Harms, a slow-witted black giant who, after decades in a military prison, realizes that, for reasons revealed only at the novel's end, he is morally innocent of the murder for which he's doing time; John Fiske, a cop-turned-lawyer who's drawn into Harms's quest for justice after his younger brother, a Supreme Court clerk interested in Harms's case, is murdered; and Sara Evans, another Supreme Court clerk who joins forces and beds with Fiske. Plenty of cinema-ready action ensues as Harms, aided by his Vietnam vet brother, escapes from prison and Fiske and Sara try to get to him before the conspirators who put Harms behind bars do. The novel's resolution is predictable, however. This isn't Baldacci's most original book, but it's his most generously textured, distinguished by thoughtful delvings into family psychodramatics (of both the Fiske and Harms clans), a nicely rendered romance between two tentative lovers and, adding a welcome and strong backdrop of authenticity to the turns of events, vivid detailing of the Supreme Court.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Another winner, indeed. 8 of 10 stars

  13. 5 out of 5

    Craig Monson

    An interesting comparison with Catherine Coulter’s BLOW OUT (which is also about dirty deeds at and around the US Supreme Court). Baldacci, manages, however, to go a step beyond the “guilty pleasure principle.” That means the author spends considerably more time on the workings and machinations of the court (which may frustrate readers who are daunted by detail), but also on the wider implications of the court’s decisions and “justice for all” (which may put off readers strictly there for escapi An interesting comparison with Catherine Coulter’s BLOW OUT (which is also about dirty deeds at and around the US Supreme Court). Baldacci, manages, however, to go a step beyond the “guilty pleasure principle.” That means the author spends considerably more time on the workings and machinations of the court (which may frustrate readers who are daunted by detail), but also on the wider implications of the court’s decisions and “justice for all” (which may put off readers strictly there for escapism). The plot is plenty complicated enough, with a stable of characters that requires some readerly concentration to keep them in line (e.g., which Supreme Court justice is which?) and more than enough plot twists and turns and some reliance on the principle that, ultimately, “the good will be bad and the bad will be good.” Though written in the days of the Rehnquist Court, shortly before its most controversial decision (Busch v. Gore), it remains particularly timely in these politically distracted times, when the Court, its make-up, its decisions (not to mention “justice for all”) loom so large and are worth thinking about. SIMPLE TRUTH offers a painless way to do so, even unintentionally.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Had this book been written by anyone other than David Baldacci I may have rated it slightly higher. However, Baldacci one of my favorite authors and I’ve grown to expect nothing less than perfection from him. While this book is a serviceable thriller about a government conspiracy and murder cover-up, it lacks the normal level of finesse and plotting than I know from David. As other reviewers have stated, it does get off to an incredibly slow start and I’m not quite sure what the purpose of the bo Had this book been written by anyone other than David Baldacci I may have rated it slightly higher. However, Baldacci one of my favorite authors and I’ve grown to expect nothing less than perfection from him. While this book is a serviceable thriller about a government conspiracy and murder cover-up, it lacks the normal level of finesse and plotting than I know from David. As other reviewers have stated, it does get off to an incredibly slow start and I’m not quite sure what the purpose of the book is for about the first half. I did not feel connected to the characters and had a hard time keeping all of them straight. The plot seemed to have a variety of different angles, none of which were fully fleshed out. I think any of the subplots could have either been dropped in favor of fleshing out the others, or picked as the main theme. I did enjoy the theme of family, as this has proven to be a good theme to parallel action, as shown in the Fast and Furious movies. While the ending is good, it doesn't make up for the rest of the book. At the end of the day, I find this to be a rare David Baldacci misfire and would recommend passing on this. However I fully know that even the best author has an off day and it has not tainted my overall opinion of his writing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    The absolute best book I have read this year. This is Baldacci at his absolute best. The intertwining of the characters is delicious and the mystery runs right up to the end. There were so many shady people who could have been involved and even when I thought I was close, I was far off. Great story line, great twists and turns.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Peter Winstone

    I Don't Believe It!! Boring, ponderous & disjointed!! I am a great fan, have read numerous Baldaci books & normally give 4/5 stars so what went wrong? If this was the first Baldaci book I had read I certainly wouldn't read any more!! I Don't Believe It!! Boring, ponderous & disjointed!! I am a great fan, have read numerous Baldaci books & normally give 4/5 stars so what went wrong? If this was the first Baldaci book I had read I certainly wouldn't read any more!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Sheikh

    More reviews at---https://mohammedsreview.wordpress.com Rufus Harms is in prison for 25 years now,for killing a small girl when he was in a military duty at fort plessy. locked in the jail for 25 years now,he suddenly applied against his charge on USA Supreme court.Micheal Fiske a clerk of the Supreme court allegedly takes the letter out and went on to meet Rufus at the jail. And the following day his body found at a area which is the known for it's criminal offences, and Rufus harms broke out th More reviews at---https://mohammedsreview.wordpress.com Rufus Harms is in prison for 25 years now,for killing a small girl when he was in a military duty at fort plessy. locked in the jail for 25 years now,he suddenly applied against his charge on USA Supreme court.Micheal Fiske a clerk of the Supreme court allegedly takes the letter out and went on to meet Rufus at the jail. And the following day his body found at a area which is the known for it's criminal offences, and Rufus harms broke out the prison with the help of his brother. John fiske brother of Micheal Fiske a cop turned into a Lawyer now want to know the truth which had cost his brother's life and want to unfold the story that happened at Fort Plessy 25 years ago that made Rufus Harms life a hell and wants to give him justice. The whole story was intriguing.first phase of the book was sluggish to read and the finishing wasn't that good as it was promising,but overall not that bad. Rating : 3.75/5

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Sworen

    The Simple Truth is a stand-alone legal thriller written by David Baldacci, initially published in 1998. Rufus Harms, a former conscripted soldier, serves a life sentence for the killing of a schoolgirl back in the 1970’s. However, after twenty-five years he receives a letter that can prove he’s actually innocent. Full of hope for an early release, he contacts his lawyer to help him file an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. When Michael Fiske, one of many clerks of America’s highes The Simple Truth is a stand-alone legal thriller written by David Baldacci, initially published in 1998. Rufus Harms, a former conscripted soldier, serves a life sentence for the killing of a schoolgirl back in the 1970’s. However, after twenty-five years he receives a letter that can prove he’s actually innocent. Full of hope for an early release, he contacts his lawyer to help him file an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. When Michael Fiske, one of many clerks of America’s highest court, first sees the appeal, he decides to steal it and meet with Harms in prison to discuss his case. Little did he know, the people in whose interest it is to keep Harms incarcerated, took over the letter while he talked to the inmate. He’s then assassinated on his way back to Washington. Criminal attorney John Fiske, teams up with the detective investigating the murder to avenge his younger brother’s death and, eventually, help Harms be released from prison. This was the first book I’ve ever read by David Baldacci and, boy, was I impressed! I loved that the author didn’t focus solely on the complicated technicalities connected with various legal matters contained in the story (as many former lawyers would have been tempted to do so, I guess), but also cared deeply enough about his characters as to give them all the time and space they needed to grow, which made them very human and authentic. What I also liked was the fact that he wasn’t afraid to talk about the problems concerning American law and racial issues within the country, both of which are still relevant topics today. In short, a well-written, engrossing thriller that doesn’t only entertain, but also makes the reader think critically about timeless matters, such as social justice, abuse of power, and racism.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Whitehead

    I usually find mystery/thriller books to be full of flat and unrealistic characters with poorly conceived stories. Realizing that most people who try out science fiction and fantasy -- my usual forte -- have the same complaints about those genres I decided to give a few of the more popular mysteries a try. I picked up a stack of books from a yard sale and started with the first one alphabetically. This didn't do anything to dissuade from my opinions. The story was filled with useless details, rid I usually find mystery/thriller books to be full of flat and unrealistic characters with poorly conceived stories. Realizing that most people who try out science fiction and fantasy -- my usual forte -- have the same complaints about those genres I decided to give a few of the more popular mysteries a try. I picked up a stack of books from a yard sale and started with the first one alphabetically. This didn't do anything to dissuade from my opinions. The story was filled with useless details, ridiculous dialog, the kind of thing that sounds like a couple of second graders in their school play. The story actually took over a hundred pages for the murder to happen -- this is a murder mystery isn't it? Then the characters spend another four hundred pages doing mostly nothing with little bits of really fake drama thrown to make you think that there's a hint of real character development. But, don't be disappointed, there isn't. Baldacci even has sections of the book in the bad guys point of view where the bad guy (and his friends -- the ones we know about) studiously does not think about himself so that we won't know who he is. When an author purposely hides information from the reader it makes frustration not suspense. If the story (or section of the story) is from a certain point of view then the reader should know everything the character knows. Suspense, as Daniel Abraham says, comes from knowing. I know this book is an older one but for such a high selling author I expected a better story, better characters and a higher level of story telling ability rather than somebody who resorts to cheap tricks (that don't work) in order to build a faux suspense. I'll try Dan Brown next, I've heard that he is better.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Namita Sreekumar

    Loved Baldacci's style of writing; for the simplicity of the language, especially because it revolves around law and justice. It is fast-paced with a little romance, action and suspense. He is, without doubt, one of the best 'political-thriller' authors I have come across! The Simple Truth is a page turner and a must-read. Loved Baldacci's style of writing; for the simplicity of the language, especially because it revolves around law and justice. It is fast-paced with a little romance, action and suspense. He is, without doubt, one of the best 'political-thriller' authors I have come across! The Simple Truth is a page turner and a must-read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rod

    A well crafted fast moving treat it's my second read for the week. I have been away all this week and read "Last Man Standing" and feel that David Baldacci has raised the Bar a level with this book we had interesting twists and one quite big surprise in the finale I would recommend this Book I f you want a top Mystery thriller after all that i will have to say 5 stars A well crafted fast moving treat it's my second read for the week. I have been away all this week and read "Last Man Standing" and feel that David Baldacci has raised the Bar a level with this book we had interesting twists and one quite big surprise in the finale I would recommend this Book I f you want a top Mystery thriller after all that i will have to say 5 stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Brown

    I listened to 2 hours of this audio (chapter 10) before turning it off. I jinxed myself last week when I mentioned I can usually finish a book (no matter how bad it is) as long as I'm listening to it! I just couldn't do another 11.5 hours of this tonight!! I listened to 2 hours of this audio (chapter 10) before turning it off. I jinxed myself last week when I mentioned I can usually finish a book (no matter how bad it is) as long as I'm listening to it! I just couldn't do another 11.5 hours of this tonight!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mahoghani 23

    An amazing story that envelopes you from the beginning. The plot is so well laid, you can't figure out whose behind the murders & deception. From the highest courtroom in the land, The Supreme Court, an appeal sent to the court's mailroom starts a macabre of events that takes the lives of many innocent people. Greed, secrets, lies, & murder will keep you willing to finish the book. An amazing story that envelopes you from the beginning. The plot is so well laid, you can't figure out whose behind the murders & deception. From the highest courtroom in the land, The Supreme Court, an appeal sent to the court's mailroom starts a macabre of events that takes the lives of many innocent people. Greed, secrets, lies, & murder will keep you willing to finish the book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    George Slade

    Another solid Baldacci novel. I've been struggling to finish books this summer, but this was an easy read, and I'm glad I picked it up. Another solid Baldacci novel. I've been struggling to finish books this summer, but this was an easy read, and I'm glad I picked it up.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I usually love David Baldacci books. I'm a big fan of his Camel Club, John Puller, and Amos Decker series. And Wish You Well is always on my top 10 list. But this book just fell flat for me, and I didn't get beyond page 100. First, I couldn't keep the characters straight (I was tempted to write a cheat sheet) as none of them captured my attention. They were just flat. Second, while red wine may improve with age, this book didn't. It was written in 1998, and it is full of end of the 20th century I usually love David Baldacci books. I'm a big fan of his Camel Club, John Puller, and Amos Decker series. And Wish You Well is always on my top 10 list. But this book just fell flat for me, and I didn't get beyond page 100. First, I couldn't keep the characters straight (I was tempted to write a cheat sheet) as none of them captured my attention. They were just flat. Second, while red wine may improve with age, this book didn't. It was written in 1998, and it is full of end of the 20th century stereotypes about men, women, and African-Americans. Even with Covid-19, and staying at home, there is no way that I can fill the time with this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Lehmann

    This was a fairly predictable read, but mostly enjoyable. I had an overwhelming desire all throughout the book to drown the female lead. I'm not sure if Baldacci writes good female characters or not, but if this is an example, I'm going with not. Sarah Evans was a needy, simpering, annoying "heroine" (and I use that word lightly). I can't imagine anyone who has managed to become a supreme court clerk would be so weak and dependent. I found her incredibly annoying. Apart from that, I found the ch This was a fairly predictable read, but mostly enjoyable. I had an overwhelming desire all throughout the book to drown the female lead. I'm not sure if Baldacci writes good female characters or not, but if this is an example, I'm going with not. Sarah Evans was a needy, simpering, annoying "heroine" (and I use that word lightly). I can't imagine anyone who has managed to become a supreme court clerk would be so weak and dependent. I found her incredibly annoying. Apart from that, I found the characters lacked depth and the plot was a little shallow, but it is a good quick summer read

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)

    This was the first Baldacci book I ever read. None of his others have been able to match this one for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

    reading this book...was roads i have traveled...and Lived...2nd book i have read of his...AWESOME...i think they should make Movies with his Books... :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    A David Baldacci thriller from the late 1990’s. This one starts out with an African-American man, Rufus Harms, incarcerated in a military prison for 25 years for the murder of a little girl on a military base. He receives, via his brother Josh, a letter from the Army, which starts a series of significant events which end up at the United States Supreme Court. Rufus contacts Samuel Ryder, the attorney who had defended him in his initial case and asks him to make an appeal to the Supreme Court ba A David Baldacci thriller from the late 1990’s. This one starts out with an African-American man, Rufus Harms, incarcerated in a military prison for 25 years for the murder of a little girl on a military base. He receives, via his brother Josh, a letter from the Army, which starts a series of significant events which end up at the United States Supreme Court. Rufus contacts Samuel Ryder, the attorney who had defended him in his initial case and asks him to make an appeal to the Supreme Court based on the content of the letter, which may exonerate him. The appeal lands in a Supreme Court Clerk’s office, and one of them, David Fiske, finds it intriguing and surreptitiously takes it home without it being recorded. Needless to say, there are people who do not wish Rufus’s plight to get any more attention than necessary (preferably none at all), some of whom are higher-ups work at the prison who appear to be involved in a longstanding cover-up of the events of 25 years ago. Also needless to say, several of the “good guys” wind up dead and it’s left to David’s alienated brother John, an ex-cop-turned-sort-of-Public-Defender, and David’s former lover and fellow Court Clerk Sara Evans, as well as an FBI agent named McKenna, who’s more than he appears), a Homicide Detective named Buford Chandler, plus a number of other minor characters, to parse out the details of the situation and bring justice for Rufus. Along the way there’s a daring jailbreak and subsequent chase by both bad guys and good guys (Mr. Baldacci certainly can write this kinda stuff), a romance (naturally), and a number of insights into the workings of the Supreme Court (as well as the personalities of its members, notably Chief Justice Ramsey and his rival Elizabeth Knight, married to a US Senator) and their Clerks, creepy reminiscences about some military projects back in the day, and the overall political energy of Washington, D.C.. Despite the book’s some by-now-dated (no cell phones, pagers, of course; archived documents in the Library on microfilm; Directory Assistance; use of maps, long before Google Maps and GPS e.g.) aspects, I sort of liked the plot and characters. So three stars; not a literary masterpiece but entertaining and informative.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    I listen to this audiobook. David Baldacci is a mystery to me. I always want to like his books, and I often do enjoy the plots. But I always feel disappointed by his dialogue, which to me is often campy or cliche-ridden. That being said, this is a thriller that has some appealing plot twists and mysteries. Rufus Harms is a prisoner with a life sentence at a military prison. He killed a young girl on base. He has been in prison for 30 years. When a letter arrives at the prison for Rufus from the I listen to this audiobook. David Baldacci is a mystery to me. I always want to like his books, and I often do enjoy the plots. But I always feel disappointed by his dialogue, which to me is often campy or cliche-ridden. That being said, this is a thriller that has some appealing plot twists and mysteries. Rufus Harms is a prisoner with a life sentence at a military prison. He killed a young girl on base. He has been in prison for 30 years. When a letter arrives at the prison for Rufus from the Army, Rufus’s memory of what really happened all those years ago is suddenly awakened. He hand-writes a letter and gets his attorney to send it to the Supreme Court asking for an appeal. A young clerk at the Court sees the letter and is so disturbed by it he does the unthinkable- he illegally removes the letter from the Court mailroom and decides to investigate it himself. This turns out to be a disastrous move, as he is murdered after he visits with Rufus. The young clerk has an estranged brother who is a former cop turned lawyer. John Fisk, along with Sarah Evans, another clerk at the Court, seek answers. Conspiracies that reach higher in the military and government than anyone knows, and men intent on hiding Rufus’s secret pull out all the stops to silence the investigation and kill Rufus and anyone else involved.

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