No Truth Left To Tell

No Truth Left To Tell

by Michael McAuliffe
No Truth Left To Tell

No Truth Left To Tell

by Michael McAuliffe


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February 1994—Lynwood, Louisiana: Flaming crosses light up the night and terrorize the southern town. The resurgent Klan wants a new race war, and the Klansmen will start it here. As federal civil rights prosecutor Adrien Rush is about to discover, the ugly roots of the past run deep in Lynwood.

For Nettie Wynn, a victim of the cross burnings and lifelong resident of the town’s segregated neighborhood, the hate crimes summon frightful memories of her youth, when she witnessed white townspeople lynch a black man. Her granddaughter Nicole DuBose, a successful journalist in New York City, returns to Lynwood to care for her grandmother. Rush arrives from DC and investigates the crimes with Lee Mercer, a seasoned local FBI special agent. Their partnership is tested as they clash over how far to go to catch the racists before the violence escalates. Rush’s role in the case becomes even more complicated after he falls for DuBose. When crucial evidence becomes compromisethreatening to upend what should be a celebrated conviction—the lines between right and wrong, black and white, collide with deadly consequences.

No Truth Left to Tell is a smart legal thriller that pulls readers into a compelling courtroom drama and an illusive search for justice in a troubled community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626346970
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Michael McAuliffe, has been a practicing lawyer for thirty years. He was a federal prosecutor serving both as a supervisory assistant US attorney in the Southern District of Florida and a trial attorney in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. 

In 2008, Michael was elected and served as the state attorney for Palm Beach County, leading an office of approximately 125 prosecutors. He was  known for leading the ethics reform movement in county that resulted in the creation of a permanent inspector general, an ethics commission, and new ethics code.

He also has been a partner at a major law firm, a global company general counsel, a senior lecturing fellow at Duke University’s School of Law, and an adjunct professor at William & Mary’s School of Law. Early in his career, Mr. McAuliffe was a Civic Education Project fellow and visiting professor of law in the Czech Republic.

Aside from the law, Mr. McAuliffe is an alpine mountaineer, having climbed and reached the summits of Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro (with his daughter), Island Peak in the Himalayas, and many other mountains.

He received his JD from the College of William & Mary’s Law School and his BBA from the Business Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Michael and his wife Robin Rosenberg, a US district judge, have three children, and live in Florida and Massachusetts.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Hate is shockingly alive and well in America these days, but so is moral courage and a passion for justice. This is a compelling, emotionally taut first novel by an accomplished attorney. We are intrigued by the protagonist, a self-doubting white prosecutor who joins forces with a seasoned black agent who knows the sting of prejudice. They battle the Klan, police corruption, and sometimes each other, but in the process, forge a memorable alliance. Through it all, Michael McAuliffe's fresh, image-infused style makes reading a pleasure.”

—Rose Styron, poet, human rights activist, and journalist

"For decades, a small team of prosecutors from the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division has traveled across the United States investigating and prosecuting some the most heart wrenching and challenging cases in the justice system—hate crimes and police misconduct. Having been a member of this team, Michael McAuliffe gives voice to the pain felt by entire communities and the difficulties of working to uphold the rule of law when the law doesn’t always follow the rules. Though fiction, at this particular moment in America, McAuliffe’s incredible detail paints the complicated picture of justice we all can learn from."

—Roy L. Austin, Jr., lawyer and former Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama leading the White House Office of Urban Affairs, Justice, and Opportunity

"McAuliffe spins a fabulous story about racism and truth. There were good guys and bad, all of whom were believable characters. I was hooked on this one from the beginning, and you will be too."

Men Reading Books

No Truth Left to Tell is an incredible story of courage, perseverance, kindness in the face of hatred and racism. It is well written, with a plot that keeps you reading well into the night. You can’t put this book down, as you want to see criminals brought to justice and the shock you feel at our legal system. No Truth Left to Tell is a definite must-read novel."

Working Mommy Journal

“It is the rare work that can create a gripping plot—fueled with meaningful characters—that also seamlessly weaves in the law and the inner workings of criminal investigations and trials all at once. No Truth Left to Tell does just that and more, raising important questions about character, justice, and who we are as Americans.”

—Richard Zabel, former deputy US attorney for the Southern District of New York

No Truth Left to Tell is worth reading not only for the intriguing legal tangle, but in order to meet Nettie Wynn. I am sure Nettie Wynn is based on someone or perhaps a composite of someone McAuliffe knew. The world is better place for people like her as much as it is for motivated upholders of the law like Adrien Rush. Sure, read the book for the legal thriller and the dangers posed by lawless people. Learn about the Holocaust survivor who brings some understanding to young people after the cross burns at her synagogue. But savor No Truth Left to Tell for the nobility of Nettie Wynn.”

English Plus Language

"Michael McAuliffe has brought his own experience and expertise in the legal field to this thriller. He served for over 30 years and has been a federal prosecutor, a law professor, and an elected state attorney in Florida. As a debut novel, this book highlights his skills while also creating a thriller and frightening story focused on evils that can lurk in the darkness surrounding a neighborhood. Lynwood acts as a perfect example of ideologies not evolving over time and how this can be dangerous to all those who live there. If you are a fan of thrillers, you’ll love this book."

The Nerdy Girl Express

"Suspense and tension, an FBI angle, racial hatred and KKK, the judiciary system’s role in convicting perps, and a tinge of romance make No Truth Left to Tell a must-read legal thriller of 2020.”

The Book Decoder

"No Truth Left To Tell, the debut novel by Michael McAuliffe, is an intense, action-packed story about a fictional hate crime that gets told from multiple perspectives. While the story may be fictional, the thoughts and questions this book raises are true. I learned a lot from reading this book, and I look forward to Michael McAuliffe’s next novel.”

Red Carpet Crash

"McAuliffe tells it like it is and has an incredible way of expressing situations with compelling characters. I was immediately invested in the story and had strong emotions throughout the trial and impending conclusion. The ending chapters were a wise choice but rather hard to take, which made for an excellent storyline.”

Lori’s Book Loft

“I loved this story about vindicating civil rights, a tenderly portrayed heroine, closed door grand jury proceedings, and the trial, all while masterfully interweaving suspenseful detective work with a modern love story. This has the authenticity of a Scott Turow novel.”

—David W. Ichel, Adjunct Professor, Duke University and University of Miami law schools; retired partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

“Nicely done. Not only does the book address serious legal and ethical issues, but it tells an engaging story that keeps us turning the pages!”

—Mark Tunick, Professor of Political Science, Wilkes Honors College, Florida Atlantic University

"Micheal McAuliffe has written a terrific first novel in "No Truth Left to Tell," a story of race, police corruption, violent extremism, and the rule of law, set in Louisiana in the mid-1990s. His storyline and writing deftness make "No Truth" a page turner. The spot-on relevance of its themes today, a generation later, somehow managed to give me perspective into the current national chaos."

—Jack Shea with The Martha's Vineyard Times


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