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Final Truth (Truth #4)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  963 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Star crime journalist Regan Landry has long struggled to emerge from the shadow of her literary-legend father. Now she's onto the story of a lifetime: a convicted rapist-murderer freed from death row hours before his execution. Lester Ray Barnes had maintained his innocence from the very beginning—but a week after speaking to Regan, he mysteriously vanishes ... and soon af ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published May 1st 2006)
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Dec 17, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great reading. Normally I have little patience with chick lit, but Stewart takes the plot beyond the usual. A female true crime writer becomes involved in the story of a death row inmate who shortly thereafter is released because of bad and untruthful DNA testing. She agrees to further investigate and possibly write about his story. Then more women are murdered the same way his original alleged victim was. There is a romance (come on, this is chick lit), but it is handled better than most others ...more
Theresa Schmidt
Jan 01, 2016 Theresa Schmidt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, this was seriously annoying; I spent 3/4 of the book frustrated and annoyed and calling the main characters idiots because it was so incredibly obvious what was going on and who the killer was. I would give this a half-star if I could; it was that bad. Definitely not a mystery nor suspenseful, as it's insultingly easy to predict what's going to happen, and not a romance either, since the relationship between the main characters is hardly explored. A thoroughly unfulfilling and annoying read ...more
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Aug 17, 2015 TJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was in the stack of books in the beach cottage I rented for the week and it sounded interesting so I picked it up and read it in two days. I'd never read anything by Mariah Stewart before and I will probably give her another shot - the story was enough to engage me and entertain but very predictable. Even the part about discovering something about her own past (don't want to give too much away) although was intriguing, by the time it was revealed I knew something very similar was going to b ...more
May 30, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed the whole series (all four books), but this one the most. In my Hard Truth review I mentioned the "secondary characters" were the constants in the series. In this book, they take center stage.

The story in this book move quickly, perhaps even quicker then the previous books in the series. It remains focused, few "excursions" from what forwards the story.

In all of them, there's a touch of romance (not sappy, or pages devoted to it, sort of stuff) and seems that every female introduced
Dotti Elrick
This is the last book in the "Truth" Series. And I have to admit, I struggled a bit with this one. And I cant really put my finger on exactly why. A lot of little things I think.
True crime author Regan Landry and FBI agent Mitch Peyton have had small parts in the three earlier books of the series. This was their stand alone story.
When Lester Ray Barnes learns about a problem with the lab that did the DNA testing that ultimately convicted him, he wants his test redone. The problem, Lester Ray is
Final Truth is listed as a 'suspense romance' novel. As I mentioned in my Voices Carry review, I'm reading some of Mariah Stewart's more mystery-suspense works because I really loved the Chesapeake Diaries and am hoping to find more of that in her other stuff.

Final Truth was like reading a combo of Criminal Minds and CSI - there's some profiling involved in solving the case and a heathy dose of forensics being used as well. Lucky for me, CM and CSI:NY are some of my favorite shows. Would I say
Kathleen Hagen
Final Truth, by Mariah Stewart A.
This is the last in the series. With the word “final” in the title it probably is meant to be the last one. In this book we have two plots. First, Regan becomes aware of a convict on death row whose DNA sample was botched by the lab and who may be getting out of prison. She is drawn to the story as a possible next book, and gets in contact with the lawyer. She meets Lester Ray and thinks he is truly sorry and that he might be really innocent. Then he is released,
EXCELLENT read...finishes up her first 3 novels in this series well.

From dust jacket:

"All that stands between Lester Ray Barnes and the state of Florida's death chamber is a judge's signature. He is sentenced to die for the rape and murder of a young woman, his conviction hinging on two pieces of evidence: DNA testing and an eyewitness who placed him at the scene. But when the story breaks that the DNA testimony at trial had been fabricated and that the eyewitness had been coerced by a cop, all
Feb 27, 2011 Merredith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who read the first 3 books
Shelves: crime-mysteries
This was the fourth and final book in the reagan landry series, which always feature her as a crime book writer. she is the main character this time, instead of helping, and the crime is not a cold case, but sort of a brand new one. dna testing at the crime lab was messed up/faked/lied about by an overworked lab guy, and as a result, some criminals have had to be set free, including lester ray, who was due to be put to death in a couple weeks for raping and murdering a woman. Regan decides to wr ...more
Jul 12, 2014 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Mariah Stewart's novels. They are easy to read with characters that you care about. However, two weeks later I have forgotten what the story was about.

Mariah gives the mystery away in the middle of this novel regarding Lester Ray. It would have been better if she had kept the reader guessing until the end. The side story about Eddie Kroll added nicely to the tale. The love story between Regan and Mitch is believable.

Just an okay to good novel, not great, little too short as well.
This was the final book in the Truth series and I read them all back to back (it's the way I prefer to read older series, so I remember everything). This was my least favorite in this series. When I really enjoy a book it's hard for me to put down. I put this one down very easily and I also read an entirely different book when I was halfway through this one (I needed a break from it!). I still liked the book, thought it tied up the suspense nicely (and the Kroll mystery). I don't think it did a ...more
Linda O
Jun 10, 2009 Linda O rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of murder mysteries
2007. 338 pgs. Main character, Regan Landry, confronts whether or not justice was denied a convicted rapist/murderer, when the lab responsible for the DNA data which convicted Lester Ray Barnes admits to massive mishandling of the DNA data. Barnes is released, just prior to his death sentence was to be carried out. There is an immediate crime spree in which woman after woman is brutally killed, and it appears Barnes is responsible. Landry and her boyfriend, FBI Agent Mitch Peyton, frantically at ...more
Margaret Cox
Unfortunately I read what seems to be the fourth in a series of books as a stand alone. Very enjoyable, easy read but not as suspenseful as some others by different authors that I have enjoyed recently. Interesting concept re the handling of evidence ... Frightening but it probably does happen!
Wendy Schlegel
Good book, if a little sappy in the romance part of it. It got my attention right away but I had figured out who the real killer was before the middle of the book. It did have some twists but they weren't hard to figure out. It was an easy and enjoyable read.
I finished reading this book in the wee hours of the morning.

It was suspenseful in the sense that the ex-con was a copycat serial killer. One of the convicts found out that the DNA samples were mismatched. He was released from prison as well as another man on death row.

Ms. Landry is a writer of true crimes. When she hears about this turn of events in prison life, she is interested to learn of how this can happen. Landry interviews the ex-cons to see what their life was like before prison, while
Barbara Nutting
Oct 29, 2015 Barbara Nutting rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another one I didn't even bother to finish. How these poorly written books, filled with drivel, ever get published is beyond me!!
Jan 31, 2016 Alisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Mariah Stewart's books, however this was probably my least favorite book so far. It was a little too predictable.
Joanne Ramey
Aug 24, 2014 Joanne Ramey rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by this author. A real attention grabber with lots of twists & turns. Hard to put down
Jul 24, 2015 Georgene rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
Pretty good thriller. Reads fast. Some good twists and turns of the plot.
Apr 07, 2014 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, lots of surprises! Love Mitch and Regan!
Barbara ★
I've liked all the books in this series and this one best of all. I liked true crime writer Regan Landry and FBI agent Mitch Peyton. Baddie Lester Ray Barnes sounds like a pedophile though he is supposedly a mere rapist and murderer. It's interesting to follow Regan on her quest to find information on the crime spree in North Carolina and watch Mitch investigate the same. I enjoyed the mystery of who was killing these women and the suspense when Regan gets herself into trouble. A great conclusio ...more
Mar 16, 2016 Karen added it
Third book
Chris Troy
Aug 08, 2014 Chris Troy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So enjoyed this series!
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Angela Dickey
Good, fast read.
I thought that this book brought about a good end to the series. I liked how Regan learned more about her family and finally got to the bottom of the missing boy. I think it will anchor her.

The big crime was telling. I hated that one person's stupidity could cause so much damage, hated even more that while the action was wrong, the outcome was the right one. I was glad that Regan was able to think on her feet at the end and loved the last choice that she made.
First time reading this author and I appreciated her style. Mid way through the book I felt I had solved the mystery and was just pushing for the FBI to arrive at the same conclusion. Ending was a little bit messed up as the characters - the norm when a couple are so in to each other is some sort of stronger commitment than short vacations, jacuzzi and meals. No sex but rape, no kissing, smooching, etc. probably relates to the age of the author. heh heh.
Tim Gillen
Decent read, and a good way to end the series. Interesting plot. Good enjoyed the book.

I read listened to the audiobook version read by Anna Fields.
Dec 21, 2014 Nell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book. Wow, full of interesting things. Great characters, wonderful twists and turns, and devastating suspense and realizations. If you have the time and the patience, read all four books. You don't really have to read them in order, but I did and it was like a lead up to the end. All of the books were good, but this was my favorite.
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Mariah Stewart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-six novels and three novellas and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. She is a RITA finalist in romantic suspense and the recipient of the Award of Excellence for contemporary romance, a RIO Award for excellence in women's fiction, and a Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine. A three-time winner ...more
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