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Publisher's Summary

The new blockbuster thriller from the author of the of To Kill the President.

Someone is trying to destroy the evidence of history's greatest crimes.

Academics and Holocaust survivors dead in mysterious circumstances. Museums and libraries burning. Digital records and irreplaceable proofs lost forever.

Former White House operative Maggie Costello has sworn off politics. But when the Governor of Virginia seeks her help to stop the lethal spiral of killings, she knows that this is bigger than any political game.

As Black Lives Matter protesters clash with slavery deniers, America is on a knife edge, and time is running out. This deadly conspiracy could ignite a new Civil War - but who stands to gain most from the chaos?

Taut, authoritative and explosive, To Kill the Truth takes us to the edge of anarchy, a world without truth in which history will be rewritten by those who live to shape it.

This audiobook contains an exclusive introduction from Sam Bourne.

©2019 Jonathan Freedland (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic Reviews

"Urgently topical." (The Times)

"Propulsive." (Guardian)

"A Day of the Jackal for these dizzying times." (Ian Rankin)   

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  • Madeleine
  • 14-08-19

Obliterating History

Once I'd heard To Kill The President, I wanted to 'read' more Sam Bourne novels before starting on To Kill The Truth, so I read his Pantheon, The Righteous Men, Final Reckoning and The Chosen One. They were good stories, if a little pedestrian and I enjoyed them but, once I'd gobbled up To Kill The Truth, it was clear the author has hit his stride and no mistake. Its basic premise is that, to stop all wars, history must be obliterated and a fiendish villain in the White House (names have been changed to protect the present incumbents, of course but we know who they are meant to portray) embarks on a programme of world-wide murder and arson to make sure that the memory of slavery is wiped out and Holocaust deniers can safely disseminate their views without challenge. It scared me to death! Sam Bourne writes from a feminine viewpoint very well - unlike many male authors who've tried it - and his heroine, Maggie Costello, is brave, feisty and of course, flawed. There aren't many audiobooks whose exciting bits stop me in my tracks to grip the kitchen sink but this was, for me, a real sink-gripper.

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  • EJ
  • 27-09-20

Wonderful book, makes you think

I really enjoyed this story and the narration was very good. It's maybe a bit close to the truth of the world we live in just now and made me feel quite helpless at times, but I've still recommended it to several people!

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  • Patrick M Lyons
  • 17-06-19

The narrator's accents grate

I'm only a couple of hours into the book, however I find the narrator's performance really grating.

If you are going to have an American male narrating a book where the lead character is an Irish female, I think it would be better to suspend disbelief and narrate her is his normal voice rather than using a cod Irish accent. All the characters are read with painful and distracting regional accents, the narrator seems to use his skill in demonstrating their accents rather then portraying any emotions, subtly or believability in their accounts. I am finding it a frustrating listen.

I previously have read all the 'Sam Bourne' novels rather than listen too them. They are great easy 'holiday' reading political thillers when read; but listening to it, with this distracting narrator, I'm finding the book itself limited and clichéd

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  • NicT
  • 17-03-19

Excellent

I loved it. kept me riveted throughout and has left me feeling paranoid about everything.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-21

spoilt by narration

Not his best work. unfortunately the book was ruined by the narrators ridiculous accents he gives the characters.

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  • Mr H A Brooks
  • 06-07-20

Good book ruined by narrator!

I loved ‘To kill a president’ but I couldn’t listen to this. Terrible over-acting, awful accents - turned out hero into a character in a cheap sit-com.

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  • Bernd
  • 25-06-19

meh

predictable, corny and women are not the presenters strong point. basic idea of the story could have been great, but the author blew it.