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A gentle giant, convicted of a murder he doesn't remember committing, has sat in prison for twenty-five years. Now, sprung from prison by his brother, he must elude capture long enough to expose the identity of the true murderers.
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Published June 15th 2001 by Grand Central Publishing (first published November 18th 1998)
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Captainslog
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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.
Linda
Apr 03, 2010 Linda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love a tantilizing mystery
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 ...more
Blair Spaulding
Good one from Baldacci! Kept me turning the pages.
Jerry
Entertaining and suspenseful Grishamesque legal thriller!

"Truth" was our first novel by Baldacci, and a pleasant surprise indeed. From first learning that a long-imprisoned military convict is probably innocent of a young girl's murder, to the series of deaths the investigation into these old events precipitates, we can hardly wait to see what will happen next, not to mention "whodunit"! Supreme Court law clerk Michael Fiske gets in over his head when he begins to pursue the truth in the priso
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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
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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
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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.
Jim
David Baldacci is, in my view, on of the finest political-thriller writers today (and darn good apart from genre). His books keep me going much faster than many other enjoyable authors. The Simple Truth is an early work detailing foul deeds at a military prison that led to the death of a young girl and the incarceration of her soldier killer. Except, of course, the situation is not quite as simple as that, which begins to come to light when the prisoner receives a letter from the US Army that tr ...more
Atishay
David Baldacci is known for his page turning thrillers and un-putdownable fast reads. True. This is another one of them. But, there's a difference. This one is a Powerhouse
Never before since The Day of the Jackal has a thriller so impressed me. Why? Because the character development done is simply superb. The painful past, injuries and feelings portrayed by Baldacci through John Fiske are too spontaneous and human, making his character immediately realizable.
This is one book whose movie adapt
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Patricia
Michael Fiske is the current senior law clerk for Associate Justice Murphy of the U.S. Supreme Court. One day, in the mailroom, poring over new appeal submissions for his boss, he picks up a package that weighs far too little for an appeal and has no return address.

Opening it, he finds only two sheets of paper, a badly scrawled letter from a military prisoner by the name of Rufus Harms and a second sheet that is neatly typed, but unsigned. Glancing at the pages, he notices several names that are
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Maureen
I liked this book because it was a mystery.
It is very well written and an easy read. It is about a lawyer who sets out to clear a man who was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. It certainly shows how the judicial system sometimes fails people. People are getting killed because of the research this lawyer is doing to find out the real truth.
Angelie
this is the second book i have read written by david baldacci and again it's been a great experience reading his book. it's so good. the twist in the end of story was very unexpected. i didn't see it coming. hehe :) i also like the action packed scenes. i feel sorry and sad for the characters who died esp. the innocent ones. moreover, i like the story of the character of john fiske and his family, sara evans, rufus and josh harms, elizabeth knight, warren mckenna, agent chandler and judge ramsey ...more
Bill
Nov 14, 2007 Bill rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense Fiction Lovers
David Baldacci's "The Simple Truth" was a good read. Good characters, suspense in the Richmond, VA and Washington D.C. area. I took 8th graders to D.C. and toured many of the locations. I recommend the book to suspense fiction lovers, and anyone interested in D.C.
Eric
My fourth Baldacci book and least favorite. Slow to develop, didn't really connect with the protagonist(s) and the big reveal at the end was anti-climactic.

Still, I enjoyed the other Baldacci's books that I read enough to compel me to try more.
Papalodge
Arlington National Cemetary - For those who traced their history through the Book of Genesis and beyond, the bodies buried here could blame the existence of wars on the man called Cain and the mortal blow he struck his brother Abel.

The recurring theme in this story is 'talk to your brother'.

How very fine it must be to know that your loved one is in a better place..so comforting a notion.

Death as the beginning..with life more and less precious because of it.

Savage retaliations - heart pounding e
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This was the first Baldacci book I ever read. None of his others have been able to match this one for me.
Jen
This is my favorite Baldacci book.
Manugw
NO FLAWS IN THIS ONE

The story is about a black military con who is seeking justice after serving 25 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. After receiving a letter he discovers that he is innocent and files and appeal with the US Supreme Court because he is well aware that he was a victim of a conspiracy of a group that will do the impossible to cover it up, this appeal is found by a clerk who gets so astounded that begins an investigation on his own bending the standard procedures of t
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Martip
Who doesn't love a story with a hulking beast of a man unjustly imprisoned for 25 years? Reminiscent of King's "The Green Mile's" hulking character--John Coffey or Steinbeck's Lenny of "The Grapes of Wrath," Baldacci's Rufus Harms and his imprisonment draws you into the question, "Did Rufus or didn't Rufus kill an innocent, young girl?" Cue two brothers, one a clerk of the Supreme Court and the other, a practicing criminal lawyer. Baldacci attracted my attention from the start with his descripti ...more
Bill
I got lost in this one. David Baldacci wrote what could have been a very good book but there were so many characters with similar -- or not different enough -- names that I kept forgetting who was who.

There were some very interesting characters and some really interesting information on the Supreme Court but I felt lost in this book.

There are too many moments where things just were not plausible. I am not giving anything away of great importance here so stick with me.

There are people with motive
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Nani
This is my third David Baldacci book and I’m still impressed enough with his writing and the quality/believability of his stories to read more. That being said, The Simple Truth is definitely number three of the three I’ve read. I prefer my mysteries to be a-religious and at times this book was just a little preachy, but considering that the main character is a devout Christian and I knew that before started reading, I won’t hold it against the book. I just had a problem accepting some of the im ...more
Mattt
The Simple Truth by David Baldacci is a thrilling and exciting book. The book is based around a complex attempted murder that involves a Vietnam vet named Rufus Harms. Some people drugged him one night expecting that the drugs would kill him however they don’t he goes crazy and accidentally kills a little girl. Then jumping forward 20 years the people behind this plot attempt to finish the job because Rufus has remembered what ha happened that night and so Rufus filed a claim with the supreme co ...more
Sandy
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Huma
This is one of the earlier books of Baldacci. This book is based on true events. Like everything he writes, I loved to read this one too. It's a fast-paced thriller and you can see glimpses of many crafts here that Baldacci perfects in his future books. I think the success of Baldacci is in the depth he gives his characters; whether it is an assassin in his new series, or the crime solving duo of former secret agents. Fans of Grisham-esque thrillers will love this one.

Rufus Harms has been in pr
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Rika
Sep 16, 2008 Rika rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Siapa aja yang suka cerita detektif2an
Recommended to Rika by: Om Joe, sebagai salah satu supplier english book gue
Ceritanya penuh twist, tebakan gue gak ada yang bener, hiks..

Inti ceritanya Rufus Harms, seorang ex Army, dihukum penjara semumur hidup karena telah membunuh Ruth Ann Mosley, seorang gadis berumur 8 tahun. Setelah 25 tahun mendekam di penjara, Harms menerima surat dari Army yang membangkitkan memorinya tentang kejadian 25 tahun lalu, tentang apa yang terjadi di malam saat dia membunuh gadis kecil tersebut, dan bahwa dia hanyalah korban perlakuan keji dari sekelompok orang, bahwa ia melakukan pem
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Will
Rufus Harms and the Supreme Court Caper. John Fiske is a former Richmond cop turned defense lawyer who confronts news of his brother Mike's death with anger and revenge. On a trip to DC to ID the body, John confronts Buford Chandler the overwrought DC Homicide Detective who agrees to Fiske's help in solving the murder. Mike, a clerk for the US Supreme Court, had secretly intercepted a prisoner appeal in the Court's mailroom and began investigating details when he went missing following a visit t ...more
Virginia Markhart
First book I have read by this author, but it will not be the last by a long shot. This was an awesome book to read. I never knew what was going to happen next. Very enjoyable. A man has been sitting in prison for twenty-five years for a crime that he committed but due to an Army coverup, he was not responsible. Very intriguing story line that envolved the Supreme Court Justices, a senator and various law agencies. Lots of action and even a lil romance.
Phyllis
I did enjoy this book and had a very difficult time putting the book down at night. I love reading books that take place in Richmond and DC, places I have actually been. Baldacci creates characters of great strength but also with flaws that effect their human interactions. Rufus Harms has been a prisoner for 25 years in a Virginia Military Prison for killing a girl. Through his fight for freedom you learn of prejudice in the justice system, abuse in the military such as testing PCP on soldiers, ...more
Gina
The Simple Truth by David Baldacci.

Though one of Baldacci's early books, I believe it to also be one of his best. Good story, good characters, a couple of great surprises and twists.

Although I do wonder about Baldacci's repetitive use of female characters that inappropriately throw themselves at/stalk the male characters - see the journalist from the A. Shaw books. In Simple Truth she wasn't as bad as the Shaw character.

Highly recommend.
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David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 28 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 cou ...more
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