The Simple Truth

The Simple Truth

by David Baldacci


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When cop-turned-attorney John Fiske comes to Washington to investigate his brother's murder, he unearths decades-old secrets and discovers the truth is anything but simple in this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller.

It's never what it seems...

Young attorney Michael Fiske broke the law when he took Rufus Harms's prison letter from the Supreme Court. But he also sealed his own fate. Suddenly everyone who has anything to do with Harms or his appeal mysteriously dies. Now Michael's brother John, a cop turned attorney, comes to Washington to find out why his brother was murdered—and what it had to do with a crime that Harms committed twenty-five years before. But the one man who can help John, the one man who knows what really happened more than two decades ago—and why—has escaped from prison and is running for his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594839620
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 133,807
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at and his foundation at


Northern Virginia

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1960

Place of Birth:

Richmond, VIrginia


B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986

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The Simple Truth 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
I've read almost all of Baldacci's books now and always find them to be compelling page-turners. This was no exception, though as other reviewers have pointed out, it was a bit slow during the first 100 pages or so. The only thing that holds this one back from 5 stars is the notion that the female lead (Sara)could fall in love, having never yet actually met the male lead (John). We are expected to believe she is a highly intelligent, critical component of the U.S. Supreme Court, yet turns a school girl crush into a full romance before even knowing the man. Also, towards the end, some of the twists and turns are a bit far-fetched, but that can often be said about Baldacci's books. That isn't a huge issue for me - it is like going to a great action or thriller movie. You are SUPPOSED to suspend belief to some degree! If you like his other books and haven't read this earlier novel, get to it!!
bmamca36 More than 1 year ago
David Baldacci did not disappoint. As always, this is a fast paced, thriller with many twists and turns and great characters. A man is unjustly imprisoned in a military stockard and only wants everyone to know the simple truth about the crime for which he was found guilty. Of course, many other people know that truth and will do whatever it takes to keep the secret. It was quite the conspiracy and was very difficult to disinguish the good guys from the bad guys. Worth reading.
foxtrotoscar More than 1 year ago
I rate all the books I read, and I gave this one an "Excellent." The plot is fast moving with plenty of action, and Baldacci's writing is such that it is hard to put the book down. Like all of Baldacci's books, it is a great read and I recommend it highly.
GrannyTU More than 1 year ago
Very riveting and hard to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An interesting suspense thriller that keeps you on tenterhooks till the very end. The way he develops and etches the main characters is worth a mention, even the minor and peripheral characters stand out sharply. A good entertainer for a dull weekend!
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Anonymous 3 months ago
You never disappoint me. I will always highly recommend your books. Thanks for writing them.
BookWallah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another thriller that didn't thrill. Plot seemed a tad forced. recommended only for Baldacci faithful.
wispywillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quite a good story with interesting characters and a well-paced plot.I did have a few nits with it, though. (Mainly because I¿ve made the same mistakes in my own writing. ^_^) The main one was the constant subject-verb, subject-verb, subject-verb sentences. Quite a few times I noticed over half the sentences in any one paragraph beginning with ¿he,¿ ¿she,¿ and the like. And, of course, once I saw that, I couldn¿t un-see it, so it bothered me for the remainder of the book. In general, the writing is good, but a little more variety in sentence structure would have been wonderful.And I felt bad for John for losing his brother before being able to become friends with him again. There¿s quite a gulf between me and my own brother that I doubt will ever be bridged, but seeing it from an outsider¿s perspective is sad.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rufus Harms has been in a military prison for 25 years of a life sentence for killing a young girl. But he's been having flashbacks, and remembers now what really happened. So he sends an appeal to the Supreme Court.Michael Fiske, a Supreme Court clerk, finds the appeal, which doesn't follow the proper procedures and should be turned down, but something about it interests him, so he takes it with him to check it out. One of the calls he makes is to his semi-estranged brother John, who's an ex-cop turned defense lawyer.Before John returns the call, though, Michael is killed, and Sarah Evans, the Supreme Court clerk Michael had proposed to shortly before his death, contacts him, and they begin an investigation that brings them closer together and deeper in danger.I really enjoyed the conspiracy plot, but the backstory and the Supreme Court tutorial went on too long and interrupted the story too much. It was interesting, but it really wasn't part of the story.The romance plot, too, bugged me in spots. I had a very hard time understanding why Michael would propose to Sarah, when they'd only dated casually and hadn't even slept together. I also had trouble believing that Sarah fell in love with John at first glance.But overall, the complex conspiracy and John's complex character saved the story for me.
TheBoltChick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very exciting legal thriller. I picked it up, and only put it down when I started suffering serious eye strain. I couldn't wait to rest my eyes and finish it. This was the first time I read this author, but it certainly won't be my last!
Carmenere on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A mystery/thriller in the same vein as Grisham and Patterson. Seemingly intelligent people doing stupid things - The formulaic characters and storyline left me emotionless.
elliezann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meet John Fiske, former cop now lawyer. He is a man estranged from his family and now finds himself in a mystery surrounding his brother's death. Michael Fiske broke the law by intercepting a letter from a prisoner addressed to the Supreme Court and tried to get the prisoner's appeal noticed. He dies suddenly and it is up to his brother, John, to piece the puzzle together.Another thrilling ride from the Camel Club series writer.
LBM007 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Solid legal thriller. Although a few events in the story seemed like they would not have happened in real life, the basic premise holds. The story unfolds well and keeps the reader's interest. I read the whole thing in a weekend because I didn't want to put it down.
sturlington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Supreme Court clerk learns about a conspiracy through an appeal filed by a lifer and is murdered to cover it up. His brother and girlfriend are soon on the case to track the killer. Baldacci's writing is frequently plodding, the characters are thoroughly stereotyped, and the plot is both predictable and ridiculous.
DomingoSantos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well-crafted and entertaining.
Schmerguls on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is no doubt this book is easy to read and one seeks to read it to see what happens. But the writing is banal and the plot is not credible. The fictional oral argument before the Supreme Court is non-subtle, as is so much of the book. The conversations reported are jejune and all in all one is appaled by the poor quality of the writing. But it is eminently readable any way!
ChasMoney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read all of Baldacci's , especially enjoyed "Wish You Well"
eargent on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and the characters were well developed and interesting. I would definitely read this author again.
foovay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yet another great read by Mr. Baldacci. Be sure you have time to read it through because you won't want to put it down.
margmarieh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this for the most part, found it fairly interesting but the plot was almost inconceivable to me. I guess that's what fiction is, though: based in reality, but fictional! Liked the character development on main protagonists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 1st few chapters are packed with so many people and so many details about the supreme court I had to keep back reading to keep up and was getting a little irritated .........then the fog cleared and the story started. I was hooked. Even though the beginning was a little frustrating to was still good enough for 5 stars. Great read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Woodrowe411 More than 1 year ago
David Baldacci writes the best stories. I really enjoyed this book.