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February 1994—Lynwood, Louisiana: Flaming crosses light up the night and terrorize the southern town. The resurgent Klan wants a new race war, and the Klansmen will start it here. As federal civil rights prosecutor Adrien Rush is about to discover, the ugly roots of the past run deep in Lynwood.

For Nettie Wynn, a victim of the cross burnings and lifelong resident of the t
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Greenleaf Book Group Press
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Oct 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
I have entered into a big slump lol. I did something I hardly ever do maybe 3 or 4 times a year I skimmed thru the bulk of this book and the previous one. The story was supposed to be deep and serious-it felt way short. I did not like one character -the good guys were hollow-the bad guys hollow and dumb and too many stupid things done at the beginning of the book-I say run from this one and do not give it a spin.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a mind-blowing, riveting page-turner! I enjoyed reading this book. I was completely hooked on to the story until the end.
Well-portrayed characters, well-researched story, I highly recommend you to read No Truth Left to Tell.
The FBI angle, the judiciary's part in convictions, a racial crime and a tinge of romance, this book is a complete package!
I am certainly looking forward to reading more of McAullife's books. Btw, No Truth Left to Tell is his debut - wow!!
Lel Budge
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a mix of legal thriller and courtroom drama which deals with the subjects of racism and civil rights.

It revolves around the horrific acts perpetrated by the kkk, the cross burnings, the hatred they encourage and the consequences of these acts.

It is an emotive read in many ways and will induce feelings of anger at those responsible and of empathy for the victims.

A clever plot and well developed characters make this a compelling thriller from start to finish.

Thank you to Anna at FSB Associ
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No Truth Left to Tell is an incredible story of courage, perserverance, kindness in the face of hatred and racism.

The small town of Lynwood, Louisiana is home to some who still believe that the colour of your skin defines who you are and who want to see those of colour put down and not succeed. A group even brings back the Klan and begins to terrorize the town and citizens. This quickly brings chaos to this small town, something that hasn’t been seen in a few years. A federal civil rights prosec
Alana Bloom
McAuliffe brings this southern setting alive right from the start with detailed descriptions of the neighborhoods in and around Lynwood. Utilizing multiple POVs, readers are treated both to the investigation / prosecutorial side as well as the horrifying vitriol and machinations of the members of the Klan. If nothing else, McAuliffe managed to elicit some serious emotions from this reader in those moments behind the scenes. I just caught myself baring my teeth as I write this.

The biggest issue I
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
No Truth Left to Tell is an intense legal thriller that displays multiple layers of cause- and - effect.

The story begins with a maimed Grand Dragon, Frank Daniels, plotting to create a Race War and we quickly learn he'd already used the legal system to his advantage.

Nettie Wynne suffers a heart attack, during the hate crime, Daniels induced and Nettie's granddaughter Nicole DuBose returns to Lynwood to take care of Nettie.

In steps, special agent Lee Mercer with the FBI and federal civil right
Luther Siler
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Jamie Trauth
Feb 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
This was an excellent novel! I found the writing was very effective, the author knowledgeable about the legal system and his ability to intertwine events into a believable and shocking story. The characters were portrayed in their most raw form.

The novel touches on very compelling and sensitive topics about racism and how the color of your skin paints you specifically in the public’s eyes.

The story touches on small towns and the secrets they can hide deep inside.

I love the fact the author bro
Gwenn Masterman
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A gripping tale of courage in the face of hatred. Not only are the characters well drawn, but by the end I knew so much more about our legal system- its virtues as well as its limits. The novel leaves you thinking about how we deal with racism when it's in our own backyard and the fine lines between right and wrong, legal and moral. A great read! ...more
David W
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a lawyer, I loved this book as a combination of a civil rights fight for justice, great portrayal of the criminal legal system and compelling description of what happens in a grand jury and at trial, together with a tender description of its heroine and an intertwining Klu Klux Klan and detective suspense and love story. A quick and fantastic read.
Michelle Malsbury
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michael McAuliffe, Author
No Truth Left To Tell
Greenleaf Book Group Press, ISBN 978-1—62634-697-0
Fiction-civil rights, KKK, Louisiana, Washington DC, hate crimes, police scams
315 pages
May 2020 Review
Reviewer-Michelle Kaye Malsbury, BSBM, MM


Michael McAuliffe, author of No Truth Left To Tell, is an avid mountaineer. (2020, inside back cover) He has climbed and summited Denali, Kilimanjaro, Island Peak in the Himalayas, Aconcagua and many more. McAuliffe is a graduate of the University of Te
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Before I get into my review, I want to thank the publisher, Greenleaf Book Group Press, for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! I should also apologize for it taking so long for me to finally get my review up 😅 This one took me awhile… well, we’ll get into it in the review.

Let me start this off saying that I did enjoy this book, in the end. It just… wasn’t what I was expecting? We follow the story of Adrien Rush, a federal civil rights prosecutor who is assigned a ca
Phillip III
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
No Truth Left to Tell

I have been a fan of legal thrillers since Grisham’s The Firm, and have since devoured books by the likes of Turow, Martini, Siegle, Rosenberg and Margolin (to name just a few). When I received an advance review copy of No Truth Left to Tell by Michael McAuliffe, I couldn’t wait to dig in.

After the first couple of chapters, I became worried. I was like, “Oh no.” Small southern town. KKK activity on the rise. Lawyer about to be in over his head . . . Been there. Read that.

May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
I first accepted this title from NetGalley and the publisher because the author and my mother went to the same college. The author for law school, my mother for her undergraduate studies. The college is not very big, and it is always fun to see what other alums are up to.

This book was captivating from the beginning. It was ugly sometimes, but isn't that the way of the world? Through a courtroom drama, we are shown racism, bigotry, small-mindedness and hate. But we are also shown kindness and lov
Kitty Pollock
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
No Truth Left to Tell by Michael McAuliffe
Genre: Historical Fiction, General Fiction (Adult)
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group LLC
Publish Date: 3 March 2020

Star Rating 4/5

A resurgent Klan wants a new race war... but this isn't a story purely about the Klan, it is a book about the court case that follows after the crime. I haven't had much experience in legal thrillers but having read this one I'll have to look more deeply into them. My interest has been aroused! It's an intense read as we explore r
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book takes me back to my time in a very segregated South. I never witnessed the darkest side of KKK racism so this book gave me insight into the minds and hearts of perpetrators and victims. McAuliffe lays out the scene and thesis of the book in great detail. The characters have depth, individuality, and the dialog captivated me. Justice, police and civil rights lawyers expressions of civil rights concerns are well-written. The idealism and relative inexperience of Adrien Rush, an attorney ...more
Gary Regan
Lynwood, Louisiana: Flaming crosses light up the night and terrorize the southern town. The resurgent Klan wants a new race war, and the Klansmen will start it here. As federal civil rights prosecutor Adrien Rush is about to discover, the ugly roots of the past run deep in Lynwood.
I really enjoyed this book. It certainly is timely ,given the recent events worldwide on racial prejudice. Michael McAuliffe's back ground and experience certainly bring credence to the courtroom and investigative sub
Sandra Guerra-Cruz
Considering that it's a courtroom drama, it is easy to read and the subject matter is interesting.

My Review
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although this book would probably be even more enjoyable for those more familiar with the world of federal law enforcement, I found myself completely drawn in by the story and the characters, and ultimately, it was one of those rare books that I simply couldn't put down. ...more
Viviane Crystal
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adrien Rush is a federal civil rights prosecutor and is called to investigate and prosecute the criminals responsible for burning crosses on the lawns of private and public citizens in Lynwood, Louisiana. The Ku Klux Klan is responsible and is proud of their actions. However, one elderly lady, Nettie Wynn, suffers a heart attack on the night of the attack on the front lawn of her home. She lives in an area of Lynwood that is home to a predominance of people of color.

Rush and an experienced FBI i
Kay Mcleer
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
this book was a great thriller, the characters were great and I was always on the edge of my seat when reading this. Overall I really enjoyed reading this.
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-2020
This book was a powerful statement on the fight against racism. Every time it seems like progress is made, more trouble turns up. The idea that this book was inspired by true events makes it an even more disappointing picture of some segments of humanity.

This book started out as a strong page-turner for me. But before I was halfway done, I was satisfied with all the storylines and didn’t feel like I needed to know that much more. Maybe legal thrillers just aren’t my jam (although I’ve enjoyed so
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A compelling story about a timely subject, especially now.Thought provoking. enjoyed it, and glad i read it.
Ana Williams
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jan 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
This is a really solid legal thriller. The film Just Mercy is just out and this reminds me of JM only because both are about injustice and racism. This is page turner, and has a number of elements including legal, suspense, and love. Well crafted characters also help make this engaging. Recommended.

Thanks very much for the ARC for review!!
Jon Rapaport
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this read. I had hoped it would last a week or so but finished it in two days. Highly recommend.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! As a former prosecutor I found the storyline exciting and the legal proceedings accurate. I'm extremely impressed by this first time author. ...more
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Michael McAuliffe has practiced law for over 30 years. He has served as a supervisory assistant United States attorney and a federal civil rights prosecutor at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC.

In 2008, Michael was elected as the state attorney for Palm Beach County managing an office of 125 prosecutors. After leaving public service in 2012, Mr. McAuliffe served as the general counsel f

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