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by Quercus books, 21 February 2019. ISBN: 978-1-78747-491-8 (HB)
It’s a trial that is gripping the
United States. Self-styled historian William Keane insists that slavery never
existed - any ‘proof’ that it did is based on misunderstanding,
misrepresentation and faulty memory. He is suing an author for libel over a
paragraph in a book where she called Keane a ‘slavery-denier’. Keane’s case is
simple. He cannot be a slavery denier as there is nothing to deny. As the trial
continues, academics and Holocaust survivors are found dead in mysterious
circumstances, libraries containing ancient and priceless manuscripts are
burning down and Black Lives Matter protestors clash with slavery deniers.
so, begins Sam Bourne’s latest topical thriller, To Kill The Truth. The premise is exciting and thought-provoking -
is there a conspiracy not merely to rewrite history, but to obliterate history,
and all evidence of history’s greatest crimes?
comes Maggie Costello, red-haired and Irish and hero of three earlier Bourne
books (including 2017’s blockbuster hit To
Kill The President). She is a former White House operative who is brought
in by the female Governor of Virginia to try to get to the bottom of the
killings and the fires before the trial ends.
love Maggie Costello as a character -she has a chequered past, an uneasy present
and a very helpful sister. There are, of course, skeletons in her cupboard, but
she doesn’t let those get in the way as she goes to hell and back in her quest
to find out what is going on and why.
- (real name Jonathan Freedland, Guardian journalist and BBC Radio 4 presenter)
throws a lot of contemporary issues and ideas into the mix. Fake news, fake
tapes, fake videos, and how easily these can be manufactured. What is fact and
what is fiction? How technology - so much part of our lives - can be used
against us. For instance, if your mobile phone was wiped, how many numbers
would you remember? How much do we rely on technology for our memories and our
the big question he asks - do we fight and argue today over blood spilt in past
wars... people and events we don’t actually remember, but that history won’t
let us forget? Would we, in fact, be better off if we had no history but a totally
enjoyed having those questions and thoughts thrown at me between the pages of a
pacey, twisty, well-constructed novel I couldn’t put down. Thrilling and
thought-provoking - a win-win situation!
Reviewer: Mary-Jane Riley
the pseudonym of Jonathan Freedland, born 25 February 1967, an award-winning
journalist and broadcaster. He has written a weekly column for the Guardian
since 1997, having previously served as the paper's Washington correspondent. In
the annual What the Papers Say Awards of 2002 Jonathan Freedland was named
Columnist of the Year. His first novel, The
Righteous Men, was a Richard and Judy Summer Read and a Number 1
bestseller. His next two novels, The Last
Testament and The Final Reckoning
were both top ten bestsellers. He lives in London with his wife and their two
Mary-Jane Rileywrote her first story on her newly acquired blue Petite
typewriter, when she was eight. When she grew up she had to earn a living and
became a BBC radio talk show presenter and journalist. She has covered many
life-affirming stories, but also some of the darkest events of the past two
decades. Then, in true journalistic style, she decided not to let the facts get
in the way of a good story and got creative. She wrote for women's magazines
and small presses. She formed WriteOutLoud with two writer friends to help
charities get their message across using their life stories. Now she is writing
crime thrillers drawing on her experiences in journalism. Her third book, set in East Anglia and
featuring investigative journalist Alex.Dark Waters, was published by Harper Collins/Killer Reads in