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Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil (Hardcover)

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Apparently we have been missing some great YA novels if Ms. Marchetta's first adult novel is any indication of her ability to tell a tale. This novel is part crime story, part immigration tale, part indictment of prejudice against Muslims, part family saga, part love story, and totally gripping. Whatever you want to call it, it is worth reading - full of empathy for each and every complicated character. The tale revolves around a suspended cop’s quest to find the truth behind a devastating bombing involving his daughter. I particularly loved the fact that half-way through I was certain the book had to end, yet another twist in the plot allowed me to keep reading for another hour or two. Pick this up for "a novel of great scope, of past and present, and above all the Marchetta trademark of a fierce and loving heart" as Markus Zusak of The Book Thief fame blurbs on its back cover. 

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"More than a crime story; it's jam-packed with family drama and heartbreak. Highly recommended for suspense and mystery fans." --Library Journal

In the wake of a devastating bombing, a father risks everything to find out who was responsible.

When Bish Ortley, a recently suspended cop, receives word that a bus carrying his daughter has been bombed, he rushes to be by her side. A suspect has already been named--a 17-year-old girl who has since disappeared from the scene.

The press has now revealed that she is the youngest member of one of London's most notorious families. Years earlier, they were implicated in an attack that left dozens dead. Has the girl decided to follow in their footsteps?

To find her, Bish must earn the trust of her friends and family, including her infamous mother, now serving a life sentence in prison. But even as he delves into the deadly bus attack that claimed five lives, the ghosts of older crimes become impossible to ignore.

A gripping fusion of literary suspense and family drama, TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL is a fast-paced puzzle of a novel that will keep readers feverishly turning pages.

About the Author

Melina Marchetta is the acclaimed author of young adult novels including Saving Francesca and Jellicoe Road, which won the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. Her novels have been published in 17 languages and 18 countries. She lives in Sydney, Australia. TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL is Marchetta's first novel for adults.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316349291
ISBN-10: 0316349291
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: October 11th, 2016
Pages: 416
Language: English