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Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan
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In Truth Be Told, Jane Ryland is dealing with a new editor at the Register, the newspaper where Jane is still getting her footing after a public parting of the ways with her television news career. Jane's current assignment is the foreclosure aspect of banks against those who have taken out loans and can no longer keep up the payments due to unemployment or some other unforeseen hardship. Covering the emptying of one such family's possessions from their home by sheriff's deputies, Jane and her camera man are taking notes and recording the callousness of the event when the dead body of a young woman is found inside the house, putting a halt to the action and transforming yet an eviction story into a murder scene. As the only reporter on the scene, Jane is there when Jake Brogan, Boston PD detective shows up to take charge. Jane's and Jake's yet undetermined relationship that is moving towards definition with an upcoming weekend to Bermuda is still under wraps due to their conflicting careers, her wanting the scoop on a story and Jake required to keep mum about his cases. With the eviction story intertwined with a murder, Jane and Jake must once again work out their personal and professional boundaries. Jake's involvement in another case, the twenty-year-old Lilac Sunday murder and a new confession to that murder, coupled with the now empty house murder results in the cancellation of his and Jane's romantic weekend. That's just the beginning of complicated in this story.

Truth is always the goal for reporter Jane Ryland and detective Jake Brogan, but never more than now in stories/cases where innocence and guilt are hidden in complex motivations and decades-old secrets. Who is guilty? Who is innocent? Are they exclusive of one another? Is the complete truth ever told? Jane's job depends on getting the big scoop, but Jane's personal wiring demands that the innocent are not collateral damage. Jake has a responsibility to the victims and their families to bring some closure to a tragic event, but closure is never more important than justice. Joining the two truth seekers in their quest is a new character, Peter Hardesty, who is a lawyer representing the man who has confessed to the Lilac Sunday Murder and another man charged with the empty house murder. He believes deeply in the right to any person's day in court, and, yet, he is a kindred soul to Jane and Jake in the attainment of truth. Peter's character also presents a bit of a wrinkle in Jake's clear path to Jane's affections, although that may be a false alarm. It will be interesting to see what the author's intentions are concerning this appealing new character.

There is so much to recommend about this book that it might just be easier to say, "Read the book and then we will head nod about its perfection." Cold cases, the human impact of foreclosures, the power of big banks, the manipulation of money and people, the costs of greed, the ugly twists of love, and the choices that unite and divide us. Truth is the theme here, but as Liz McDivitt, A & A Bank's first customer affairs liaison notes, "in reality, nothing (is) black and white."
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Reading Progress

September 23, 2014 – Started Reading
September 23, 2014 – Shelved
September 27, 2014 – Shelved as: crime-thriller
September 27, 2014 – Shelved as: favorite-authors
September 27, 2014 – Shelved as: favorite-covers
September 27, 2014 – Shelved as: favorites
September 27, 2014 – Shelved as: great-titles
September 27, 2014 – Shelved as: highly-recommend
September 27, 2014 – Shelved as: mystery
September 27, 2014 – Shelved as: series
September 27, 2014 – Finished Reading

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