The Whole Truth (Marie Lightfoot Series #1)

The Whole Truth (Marie Lightfoot Series #1)

by Nancy Pickard
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Whole Truth (Marie Lightfoot Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never read Nancy Pickard before although I had heard of her and her Jenny Cain series, being a mystery buff. I don't usually read the thriller type books. I usually stick with a lighter style live Evanovich or Grafton, BUT let me tell you, I could not put this book down. Right out of the chute it takes off and never lets you go. I happened on it by going to a book signing at Coffee, Tea and Mystery and bought the book as a collector piece, she was there to sign her latest book Ring of Truth. Little did I realize what I was in for! For three days I was glued to this book every spare moment I could find. I took it along on a weekend trip and forgot it at my daughter's house, I was so absorbed in it I had to run out and buy another copy, if you don't read another book this summer - read this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's easy to see why this novel earned a starred reviw in Publishers Weekly. Pickard leaves the sprints behind and breaks out in a marathon! This exciting new novel is a major page-turner and quite a dramatic shift from the Jenny Cain novels, with the best opening chapter I've read in twenty years (don't miss it). Why some people commit heinous crimes is an area too often left unexplored by mystery and suspense authors, wherein villains are likely little more than caricature. Not so in this riveting story of the human heart gone astray. Pickard's characters open like rosebuds releasing strong perfume. But she doesn't stop there. Her story gathers in the thorns and the skin of individuals badly bruised and torn by life, and, finally, exposes the bare roots of evil. With perfect pacing, the author here seems pulled along by the story as much as by the characters. And you will be too. Reading the Whole Truth is like being shoved downhill... you can't stop running and, breathless, you can't stop reading. You can't stop, period. The whole truth is a villain is someone who weeps. Pickard's strongest work to date, The Whole Truth outpaces her previous novels and represents the full flower of the masterful talent she has shown in her short stories. It is such a great dare for an author of this stature to leave off a successful series! It pays off handsomely for the reader. This one will be a movie. And, if we're lucky, they'll leave the lights on in the theatre when the show it.
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Most true crime writers are objective observers when conducting research. This procedure is what Marie Lightfoot applies when she is committed to covering a trial. However, Marie becomes part of the story when she tackles the Raymond Raintree case.... Raymond is charged with killing six-year old Natalie Mae McCullen, an innocent deaf child who loved the water canals in Bahia beach, Florida. According to the evidence, Raymond Lured Natalie into an isolated water tunnel, killed her, and removed her pituitary gland. ..... In spite of no proof that a Raymond Raintree ever existed or that he had any motive to kill the child, the jury convicts him of first degree murder. Raymond escapes from the courtroom and simply vanishes. A massive manhunt fails with only Marie receiving a call from Raymond. Shortly after that, Marie receives a call from the Kempler family of Olathe, Kansas. They claim Raymond is their son Johnnie who disappeared when he was seven. Johnnie had an imaginary friend named Raymond Raintree. As Marie flies out to our nation's heartland, she begins a strange journey tracing the actions of a killer and his victims...... This novel centers on the aftereffects of killer's activities on anyone who misfortunately has come into contact with the murderer. This list includes the police, the district attorney, the prosecutor, the judge, the victims' families, real crime writers, and his own biological family. Thus, THE WHOLE TRUTH about this character-driven tale is that it is a well-written plot that studies the impact pure evil has on everyone touched by its malevolence. Nancy Picard uses prose to create frightening images that will shake the foundation of most readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most true crime writers are objective observers when conducting research. This procedure is what Marie Lightfoot applies when she is committed to covering a trial. However, Marie becomes part of the story when she tackles the Raymond Raintree case. Raymond is charged with killing six-year old Natalie Mae McCullen, an innocent deaf child who loved the water canals in Bahia beach, Florida. According to the evidence, Raymond Lured Natalie into an isolated water tunnel, killed her, and removed her pituitary gland.

In spite of no proof that a Raymond Raintree ever existed or that he had any motive to kill the child, the jury convicts him of first degree murder. Raymond escapes from the courtroom and simply vanishes. A massive manhunt fails with only Marie receiving a call from Raymond. Shortly after that, Marie receives a call from the Kempler family of Olathe, Kansas. They claim Raymond is their son Johnnie who disappeared when he was seven. Johnnie had an imaginary friend named Raymond Raintree. As Marie flies out to our nation¿s heartland, she begins a strange journey tracing the actions of a killer and his victims.

This novel centers on the aftereffects of killer¿s activities on anyone who misfortunately has come into contact with the murderer. This list includes the police, the district attorney, the prosecutor, the judge, the victims¿ families, real crime writers, and his own biological family. Thus, THE WHOLE TRUTH about this character-driven tale is that it is a well-written plot that studies the impact pure evil has on everyone touched by its malevolence. Nancy Picard uses prose to create frightening images that will shake the foundation of most readers.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
Most true crime writers are objective observers when conducting research. This procedure is what Marie Lightfoot applies when she is committed to covering a trial. However, Marie becomes part of the story when she tackles the Raymond Raintree case. Raymond is charged with killing six-year old Natalie Mae McCullen, an innocent deaf child who loved the water canals in Bahia beach, Florida. According to the evidence, Raymond Lured Natalie into an isolated water tunnel, killed her, and removed her pituitary gland.

In spite of no proof that a Raymond Raintree ever existed or that he had any motive to kill the child, the jury convicts him of first degree murder. Raymond escapes from the courtroom and simply vanishes. A massive manhunt fails with only Marie receiving a call from Raymond. Shortly after that, Marie receives a call from the Kempler family of Olathe, Kansas. They claim Raymond is their son Johnnie who disappeared when he was seven. Johnnie had an imaginary friend named Raymond Raintree. As Marie flies out to our nation's heartland, she begins a strange journey tracing the actions of a killer and his victims.

This novel centers on the aftereffects of killer's activities on anyone who misfortunately has come into contact with the murderer. This list includes the police, the district attorney, the prosecutor, the judge, the victims' families, real crime writers, and his own biological family. Thus, THE WHOLE TRUTH about this character-driven tale is that it is a well-written plot that studies the impact pure evil has on everyone touched by its malevolence. Nancy Picard uses prose to create frightening images that will shake the foundation of most readers.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
Most true crime writers are objective observers when conducting research. This procedure is what Marie Lightfoot applies when she is committed to covering a trial. However, Marie becomes part of the story when she tackles the Raymond Raintree case. Raymond is charged with killing six-year old Natalie Mae McCullen, an innocent deaf child who loved the water canals in Bahia beach, Florida. According to the evidence, Raymond Lured Natalie into an isolated water tunnel, killed her, and removed her pituitary gland.

In spite of no proof that a Raymond Raintree ever existed or that he had any motive to kill the child, the jury convicts him of first degree murder. Raymond escapes from the courtroom and simply vanishes. A massive manhunt fails with only Marie receiving a call from Raymond. Shortly after that, Marie receives a call from the Kempler family of Olathe, Kansas. They claim Raymond is their son Johnnie who disappeared when he was seven. Johnnie had an imaginary friend named Raymond Raintree. As Marie flies out to our nation's heartland, she begins a strange journey tracing the actions of a killer and his victims.

This novel centers on the aftereffects of killer's activities on anyone who misfortunately has come into contact with the murderer. This list includes the police, the district attorney, the prosecutor, the judge, the victims' families, real crime writers, and his own biological family. Thus, THE WHOLE TRUTH about this character-driven tale is that it is a well-written plot that studies the impact pure evil has on everyone touched by its malevolence. Nancy Picard uses prose to create frightening images that will shake the foundation of most readers.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was completely and utterly devoid of any style, interest or even plot. It just seemed to drag on and on and on and on......