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Final Truth (Truth #4)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  766 ratings  ·  37 reviews
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In Mariah Stewart's pulse-pounding Final Truth, a convicted rapist/murderer named Lester Ray Barnes, with only months to live before execution by lethal injection, finds grounds for a possible reprieve: The lab technician that handled his DNA testing has admitted to fabricating results. With the help of media attention fueled by true crime writ
Paperback, 338 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published May 1st 2006)
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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
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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!
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
Joanne Ramey
This is the first book I have read by this author. A real attention grabber with lots of twists & turns. Hard to put down
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
Chris Troy
So enjoyed this series!
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.
Dev Singer
This series started out great and went downhill the whole way. This one... a) There is no way the FBI would use a civilian as bate and b) THE EDDY THING IS SO OBVIOUS PETRANNE COULD SEE IT! (See Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce for that reference.) I have no inclination to read the rest of Mariah Stewart's stuff.
Another wonderful book by Mariah Stewart. I really love Regan and Mitch and this book was perfect for them. And we finally got to know the mystery behind Eddie Kroll. I wasn't surprised by it, but it was a really good story line. The series was really good. Now on to the next one.
It was a good finish to the Eddie Kroll back story- but a surprise for Regan. The main story line was believable but somewhat predicatable. However it could be that I am just getting good at putting the clues together. Overall a great ending to the Truth series.
I have read most of the "Truth" series by this author. I have enjoyed them all. I found this one to be pretty predictable (maybe because I have read all the others). I thought it was still pretty entertaining.
This is a good series, each book has a great twist. Careful though, they are all murder mysteries, but they all also have mushy romance in them so don't read if that puts you off.
I loved the second story in the series come to a conclusion. It is great having two seperate story lines in one book or series.
I wish this series hadn't ended. Devoted to cold cases and warm people, I really have liked all the books.
Great novel, suspenseful, cool twist ending and hard to put down.
The story was creative, but I never warmed to the characters.
This was the final book in a series. Very good! Enjoyed the suspense
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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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