Don't Tell a Soul

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HE WAS THE ONLY EYEWITNESS.

Tim Wallace’s wife was killed in a boating accident several months ago—and one New Jersey cop is sure he did it. He didn’t. But even if the police eventually clear his name, he’ll never get over this terrible tragedy…

BUT THE TRUTH IS STILL OUT THERE…

 It’s New Year’s Eve. Tim’s buddies convince him to go out for the first time since his wife’s death. They’re at a local pub when, just before ...

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Overview



HE WAS THE ONLY EYEWITNESS.

Tim Wallace’s wife was killed in a boating accident several months ago—and one New Jersey cop is sure he did it. He didn’t. But even if the police eventually clear his name, he’ll never get over this terrible tragedy…

BUT THE TRUTH IS STILL OUT THERE…

 It’s New Year’s Eve. Tim’s buddies convince him to go out for the first time since his wife’s death. They’re at a local pub when, just before midnight, a drunken stranger approaches Tim—and asks him a compelling question.

 “CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET?”

Soon the man confesses to a months-old murder—even offering as proof the location of the woman’s body. “Now it’s your problem,” he says to Tim before walking away. When the man turns out to have been telling the truth, Tim’s life goes from bad to worse as he is put under the microscope again by the cops—and this time they’re not giving up. But neither is Tim: He is the only one who can figure out what’s really going on—and who murdered his wife…

DON’T TELL A SOUL

“Rosenfelt has earned his crime-novelist pedigree.”
—Entertainment Weekly

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Near the start of this stellar stand-alone from Rosenfelt (Play Dead), ordinary guy Timothy Wallace, still grieving for his wife, Maggie, who was blown to bits in a boating explosion on Long Island Sound a few months earlier, hears a gruesome secret from a fellow bar patron on New Year's Eve. Tim was investigated and cleared as a person of interest in Maggie's death, but now Tim becomes a suspect in a second woman's death. Meanwhile, as a partner in a security construction firm that's prospered in the wake of 9/11, Tim is focused on his company's part in the building of the Federal Center, a huge complex funded by the U.S. government, in Newark, N.J. The president is due to appear at the center's opening festivities. Det. Jonathon Novack believes Tim's a stone-cold killer and is eager to arrest him. Rosenfelt keeps the plot hopping and popping as he reveals a complex frameup of major proportions with profound political ramifications both terrifying and enlightening. Author tour. (July)

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Library Journal

Rosenfelt's first stand-alone novel (after six Andy Carpenter mysteries, including Play Dead and Dead Center) is a riveting thriller that should boost him to best-seller status. Unjustly suspected of killing his wife in a boating accident, Tim Wallace, co-owner of a construction company, is shadowed by Jonathon Novack, a relentless homicide detective who knows in his gut he's chasing a killer. Then, in a bar one New Year's Eve, Tim encounters a drunk who confesses to having murdered a woman three months earlier. When her death is linked to his wife's, the first of many surprises to come, Tim goes on the run, pursued by Detective Novack and the FBI. As complications mount (even the president's life will be at risk), Tim must unravel a horrifying plot featuring him as the mastermind of an unprecedented terrorist attack. Compelling twists and turns, a lightning-fast pace, and breathtaking suspense make this a harrowing ride equal to James Patterson's or Harlan Coben's best. Marred only slightly by a conclusion that seems a bit rushed, the book deserves a wide audience and is highly recommended for popular fiction collections. [Library marketing campaign planned.-Ed.]
—Ron Terpening

Kirkus Reviews
Shortly after his wife is killed, a New Jersey contractor is pulled into a freakish case of murder and terrorism. Sitting alone in the familiar Fort Lee bar his buddies Danny McCabe and Will Clampett have dragged him to in order to drink in the new year, Tim Wallace is nonplussed when a stranger confides that he murdered a young woman named Sheila, cut off her finger and buried her body in a park in nearby Kinnelon. Tim's not eager to take this wild story to Det. Jonathon Novack, who still suspects him of blowing up his boat and his wife. And when he does, he's immediately sorry. True, the cops do dig up a fingerless corpse just where the informant said it would be. But the missing finger turns up right under Tim's nose, with a horrifying additional surprise that instantly makes him Novack's prime suspect. Clearly, someone's taken considerable pains to set Tim up-someone who knows a great deal about his patsy. But is it Danny, Will or his dog-walking acquaintance Eden Alexander? And what power will Tim have to wrest back control of his life from his enemy once he's decided to take it on the lam?The creator of attorney Andy Carpenter (Play Dead, 2007, etc.) can't resist a good punch line or still another plot twist. But he delivers a fast, inventive stand-alone thriller you'll never put down unfinished.
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Praise for David Rosenfelt

“Rosenfelt concocts a taut thriller full of whiplash plot twists and wisecracking dialogue . . . proving that he’s long since earned his crime-novelist pedigree.”

—-Entertainment Weekly on Play Dead

“A cracking good yarn . . . There is no way you can read this novel without becoming completely caught up in the story. As always, Andy’s offbeat, outspoken personality shines on every page, and the balance of humor and mystery is dead-on. There is nothing else to say about this fine novel except this: read it as soon as you can.”

—-Booklist on Play Dead

“If there aren’t any real-life lawyers as entertaining, as witty, and as willing to tilt at windmills as Andy Carpenter . . . then there should be. . . . Written with flair and humor, this is perfect light reading.”

—-Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Dead Center

“A clever plot and breezy style . . . An absorbing legal thriller.”

—-The Boston Globe on Bury the Lead

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312356644
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 345
  • Sales rank: 199,350
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Rosenfelt is the Edgar and Shamus Award—nominated author of six novels featuring lawyer Andy Carpenter, most recently Play Dead. He and his wife live in California with their thirty-seven golden retrievers.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    A Pleasant Surprise

    Really good pace & really good mix of suspense and action. i truly loved this book. but i don't think i did it justice. i started it a few months ago, then shelved it after having other books to read. i just got back to it last night, and couldn't wait to finish it this morning!! i was shocked. this was one of those random 'picked up at walmart on my way out' books. but now i want more from this author. so many twists and turns. go get it!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

    I Couldn't put this one down!

    This was a story with many twists and turns that kept you enthralled and guessing throughout the story. At times, unbelievable, scary, yet also believable. The author's writing style is engaging and you feel like you know the characters. I read this book in one day because I just needed to kinow the next thing that was happening.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

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    Entertaining Enough To Finish But Laden With Flaws!

    Being a big fan of David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series, I thought I'd give his first stand-alone novel, Don't Tell A Soul, a read. Basically, the book's plot concept involves Tim Wallace being convinced by his best friends and business partners to go with them to a bar on New Year's Eve, which is the first time he has gone out socially since his wife died in a boating accident several months ago. A death that one particular New Jersey cop is convinced was not an accident, but a murder that Wallace committed, despite his being cleared of any wrong doing. While at the bar, a drunken stranger asks Wallace if he can keep a really big secret, and before Wallace can say anything, the stranger confesses to murdering a woman and offers proof of the location of the woman's body. Then, he tells Wallace that "Now, it's your problem" and walks away. From that point on, Wallace's life becomes topsy-turvy. Having now finished the book, my opinion is that, overall, Don't Tell A Soul is a generally entertaining read that is comprised of a smorgasbord of good and bad elements. On the positive side of the smorgasbord, Don't Tell A Soul provides a fast-paced page-turner, has a plot that offers several red herrings and suspense, and delivers a sufficient amount of humorous dialogue and narrative that Rosenfelt has become known for in his successful Andy Carpenter series. On the negative side, unlike the strong characterizations evident in this author's series, the characters are mostly thinly developed, the dynamics between Wallace and the police are highly stereotypical and predictable, the high-pitch level of suspense created so effectively during the first half of the book turned into just as high level of implausibility in the second half of the book -- with a conclusion that went beyond my ability to suspend disbelief, and Carpenter left some threads untied that left me hanging. All in all, despite its flaws I think you'll find Don't Tell A Soul to be entertaining and similar in some ways (but not as good as) Harlan Coben's Tell No One. Don't Tell A Soul is a book you might want to consider when you're in the mood for light, escape reading and don't want to do much thinking. However, it is not a book I'd recommend that you rush out to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2008

    Great Writing... Not what expected

    Loved the book...Love David Rosenfelt, but was disappointed when I realized the book didn't have the same primary characters as his previous books. I was looking forward to learning more about Andy, Laurie & Tara. But...yes, this was a great book. David Rosenfelt is a fantastic author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a one sitting thriller

    Timothy Wallace still mourns the shocking death of his wife Maggie. It is not just her sudden death that has shaken Tim it is also how she died. Several months ago, she died in a boat explosion on Long Island Sound in which he was the prime suspect in her death.--------------- While getting drunk at a local dive on New Year's Eve, another intoxicated customer tells Tim a stunner re his late wife¿s death. Tim is further stunned when he becomes the prime person of interest in a second woman¿s suspicious death and the cops, especially Police Detective Jonathon Novack, looks closely at him again for Maggie¿s death. Tim tries to ignore being the focus of Novack who believes the widower is a cold blooded murderer by concentrating on his successful security construction firm that is working on the development of Newark¿s Federal Center unaware others watch him and the work for odious reasons.------------ Readers will agree with Novack that Tim murdered his wife as increasingly the evidence points towards him even Tim who knows whether he killed her and another woman or not wonders what the hell is going on. The story line is fast-paced and filled with twists and plausible red herrings especially enlightening is the underlying denotation that politics means avarice, graft, and abuse. David Rosenfelt provides his audience with a one sitting thriller with a dedicated stubborn cop looking at a widower who is looking at how a construction deal ties to his wife¿s death.------------- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2008

    Fast Moving and Gripping from the Start

    In the space of the first two chapters, Tim Wallace is almost killed by an explosion on his boat and then he meets a mysterious man who confesses a murdering a woman to him. Thus Rosenfelt's first thriller (other than the Andy Carpenter legal mysteries) immediately grips you and keeps you. As the story progresses rapidly, Tim leads the police to the body that the man told him about and things start pointing to Tim. Little by little it appears to the police and especially to a 'Javert-like' officer that Tim may have murdered both women (his wife was on the boat what it had exploded). Tim has to go into hiding and get his life back and find out who is setting him up. The book is exciting from start to finish and I didn't give it the full five stars because the author uses the 'friend with the convenient out of the way house that could be used for a hideout routine' which has been done too many times. Additionally, the bad guys depend on learning a computer's security system as part of their master plan and the way they do this is very implausible.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Don't tell a soul

    SCARY!!!!! exhilarating read

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Very gripping, couldn't put it down. A must read. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    A Page Turner

    Don't Tell a Soul is a taunt, well-crafted thriller written with flair and humor that will have you on the edge of your seat and laughing out loud at the same time. This is my first David Rosenfelt novel and I definitely plan to read more of this author.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    Really Bad

    I loved the Andy Carpenter series and ordered this one to see what Rosenfelt could do without Andy. Wow, was I disappointed! The book is simply terrible. Inadequate character development, meandering and incoherent plot, numerous loose ends and the requirement to suspend disbelief well beyond normal. And it wasn't funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    Loved It!

    I really enjoyed this book. It was fast paced and hard to put down. --K--

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  • Posted November 18, 2010

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    Page Turner....

    I really enjoyed this read, quick, easy and smooth. Mystery with thrills. This book kept me guessing on who did it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    Doesn't disappoint

    As always, David Rosenfelt can spin a good yarn. While I love his Andy Carpenter character, this was a nice change away from him. Of course, his new character, Tim Wallace, has a golden retriever!!! I always look forward to reading Mr. Rosenfelt's books he hasn't written a bad one yet, and I've read them all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2008

    Another suspense filled Rosenfelt adventure.

    David Rosenfelt provides another delicious adventure where the suspense is tense and it is difficult to not read this book in one setting.

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