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The Whole Truth av Nancy Pickard
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The Whole Truth (urspr publ 2000; utgåvan 2001)

av Nancy Pickard

Serier: Marie Lightfoot (1)

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"Nancy Pickard pushes at the presumed limits of [crime fiction]" said the Los Angeles Times Book Review, praising the award-winning creator of the Jenny Cain mysteries. Now, Pickard blurs the line between fiction and reality in a novel of gripping intensity, and premieres a superb new heroine: true-crime author Marie Lightfoot. For her next surefire bestseller, Marie is covering the trial of a Florida killer -- a case that penetrates her own life, layer by disturbing layer. Whether real like Ted Bundy, or imagined like Hannibal Lecter, few killers of our time are in the same league as Raymond Raintree. And as he stands flanked by lawyers in a Florida courtroom, waiting to be convicted for the murder of Natalie Mae McCullen, Marie Lightfoot is taking it all in. A small, gutsy blonde renowned for her true-crime bestsellers, Marie knows the graphic and disturbing case will make her best book yet -- because Raintree's shocking crime, vile beyond imagining, is also impossible to turn away from. But there is something about the case -- and Raintree's involvement -- that bothers her. No one knows where Raintree, a man as slight and immature as a preteen boy, took Natalie after he abducted her. No one knows how Natalie -- bright, independent, and with no fear of the dark -- could be lured into a stranger's boat on a lonely waterway. And only one witness saw a man who may have been Raintree motoring along in a water taxi on the night Natalie disappeared. Even if the police can't provide answers, Marie intends to leave no loose ends. Starting with a prison meeting with Raintree, the steely-nerved writer follows a twisted path that leads to Natalie's parents, to a coincidence that doesn't quite gel, and to a place she has resisted all her life: the dark recesses of her own soul, where she hides the secrets of her own lost past. When Raymond escapes, Marie -- a curious contradiction of celebrity author and introspective loner -- becomes a sitting duck for a killer who just might be smart enough to outwit her. And evil enough to take her to hell before she dies. A masterpiece of psychological suspense, The Whole Truth is a compelling look at our fascination with the horrific crimes of our time. Nancy Pickard's characters are as close to flesh and blood as fiction can get -- and her writing is as close to perfection.… (mer)
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Titel:The Whole Truth
Författare:Nancy Pickard
Info:Pocket (2001), Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
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I quite enjoyed this book. Marie Lightfoot is a true crime writer who is covering the trial of Raymond Raintree. Raymond is accused of killing a little girl and the case against him is pretty clear cut. The mystery is why he did it and who Raymond is as he seems to have sprung from nowhere just a few years before the murder. After Raymond is pronounced guilty by the jury he attacks the judge who shoots him with the gun she always keeps on her person. When Raymond is whisked away by the ambulance attendants he manages to escape. The book is partly Marie's own musings on the case and partly the chapters of her book. It's an interesting way to develop the plot and the suspense builds when a retired sheriff in Kansas contacts Marie to say he thinks Raymond Raintree is actually John Kepler who was kidnapped at the age of 6 years. The ending isn't actually a surprise because you can see it coming but nevertheless this is a powerful book. I'll be looking for more by Nancy Pickard. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 25, 2017 |
When true crime author Marie is working on her current book about the murder of Natalie McCullen and her killer she uncovers the dark past of Natalie's killer. A great novel with some definite unexpected twists. ( )
  abcarroll | Mar 24, 2011 |
Raymond Raintree has been convicted of the murder of six year-old Natalie McCullen in South Florida. Marie Lightfoot is the true-crime writer covering the case. But Raintree escapes after his conviction and Marie's straight-forward murder story becomes much more complex.

First of all, no one even knows who Raintree really is, where he came from, or why he murdered and removed the pineal gland from the little girl. Then a connection to a disappearance in Kansas is made and everything is not what it seems.
Pickard manages to make Raymond both repelling and sympathetic in this fast-paced thriller. Marie is another interesting character, with her own personal mystery- her parent disappeared when she was a child, though that is a story for the third in this series.

This is one of Pickard's earlier works, before The Virgin of Small Plains and The Scent of Rain and Lightning and the plot is not as smooth as those works. But it was fast, exciting, and I read this in a day.
This is a great option for a quiet Saturday in need of some excitement.

my rating 3.5/5 ( )
  bookmagic | Nov 23, 2010 |
Though this was a fast read, the style took some getting used to. This story is told in two ways, one from the perspective of the true-crime writer Marie Lightfoot, and the other from the pages of the novel that she's writing as events of the mystery unfold. Once I was used to the pace and style of the book I really enjoyed it. I found it exciting and found the twists and turns unexpected and fitting. ( )
  owleye01 | Feb 9, 2009 |
Marie Lightfoot, a true crime writer, is covering Raymond Raintree's murder trial for the gruesome murder of a south Florida little girl. She's there when Raymond escapes. But she's bothered by Raintree since no one knows who he is or where he came from. ( )
  LesaHolstine | Jul 18, 2007 |
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"Nancy Pickard pushes at the presumed limits of [crime fiction]" said the Los Angeles Times Book Review, praising the award-winning creator of the Jenny Cain mysteries. Now, Pickard blurs the line between fiction and reality in a novel of gripping intensity, and premieres a superb new heroine: true-crime author Marie Lightfoot. For her next surefire bestseller, Marie is covering the trial of a Florida killer -- a case that penetrates her own life, layer by disturbing layer. Whether real like Ted Bundy, or imagined like Hannibal Lecter, few killers of our time are in the same league as Raymond Raintree. And as he stands flanked by lawyers in a Florida courtroom, waiting to be convicted for the murder of Natalie Mae McCullen, Marie Lightfoot is taking it all in. A small, gutsy blonde renowned for her true-crime bestsellers, Marie knows the graphic and disturbing case will make her best book yet -- because Raintree's shocking crime, vile beyond imagining, is also impossible to turn away from. But there is something about the case -- and Raintree's involvement -- that bothers her. No one knows where Raintree, a man as slight and immature as a preteen boy, took Natalie after he abducted her. No one knows how Natalie -- bright, independent, and with no fear of the dark -- could be lured into a stranger's boat on a lonely waterway. And only one witness saw a man who may have been Raintree motoring along in a water taxi on the night Natalie disappeared. Even if the police can't provide answers, Marie intends to leave no loose ends. Starting with a prison meeting with Raintree, the steely-nerved writer follows a twisted path that leads to Natalie's parents, to a coincidence that doesn't quite gel, and to a place she has resisted all her life: the dark recesses of her own soul, where she hides the secrets of her own lost past. When Raymond escapes, Marie -- a curious contradiction of celebrity author and introspective loner -- becomes a sitting duck for a killer who just might be smart enough to outwit her. And evil enough to take her to hell before she dies. A masterpiece of psychological suspense, The Whole Truth is a compelling look at our fascination with the horrific crimes of our time. Nancy Pickard's characters are as close to flesh and blood as fiction can get -- and her writing is as close to perfection.

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