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Publisher's Summary

"He said if he hadn't heard from you by high noon today, he was going to strap on his six-guns and ride back into town. So I think you should call him, Charlie. Call him before you come home."

Charlie Hills, former desk sergeant at Kings Lake Central, is in trouble. He hasn't told Smith, his old friend and sparring partner, but someone has, and now the two former policemen are about to embark on a difficult and potentially dangerous search for the truth. For one of them, it could be life-changing.

©2021 Peter Grainger (P)2021 Tantor

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Welcome Back D.C.

Happy to see Peter Grainger and Geldart Jackson spent at least part of this miserable pandemic rescuing DC from the rest of his life So many possibilities. OK...so the gateway drug thing was a bit over the top but he's an old guy We love him. I have read a lot worse waiting for this book. My sole regret is devouring it in 2 days. Hope the next one isn't far off Loved it Thanks

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  • Nat
  • 2021-12-04

Excellent

I was waiting for this book wondering how it would go. It was great. A fantastic read. Loved the end. The narrator is superb. So very thrilled the series continues.

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Toujours aussi enlevant!

Toujours aussi enlevant. J’attends le prochain avec impatience. Catherine et son frère son des personnages intriguants.

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More Please

Like the Smith character very much. Hope to see more private investigations in future. Creates more varied plots and than only police procedurals. Miss DS Chris Waters and Sabrina though.

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Engaging

The Truth did not disappoint. The story was well paced and it captured my interest so I finished it in one go. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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Author again ignores reality re crime and re drug use

I’d forgotten that, in his various law-enforcement themed series of novels, this author tends to share with the reader as fact erroneous conclusions made by a number of people in law enforcement regarding crime. (Once again, Peter Grainger makes it obvious that he makes a habit of not bothering to do the easy action of consulting the true experts on crime, criminologists, aka crime scientists.) In this particular book, the main two erroneous conclusions presented as fact are that for youth marijuana is commonly a gateway to “hard drugs”; and that what causes addiction to opiates is exposure to drugs. Almost a century of research proves that the gateway theory is wrong. OVER a century of research proves that what causes addiction to drugs is self-medication of emotional pain, most commonly resultant from trauma experienced in childhood. (Most persons in our societies self-medicate. It’s just that the majority of them self-medicate in more socially-acceptable ways, such as by compulsively working more hours than necessary, shopping compulsively for more than necessities, drinking two glasses [or more] of wine every evening, etc.)

Other than Peter Grainger’s harmful presentation of myth as fact, the story of this novel The Truth is a very good one :-)

As usual, Gildart Jackson’s narration is excellent :-)

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  • MB
  • 2021-10-27

I have missed DCI Smith

As always, this book was great-DC has not lost his touch, even if he is not working for the police. The story was quite good, the tension was palpable. I hope there are more to come!!

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  • Papillon
  • 2021-11-02

Grainger and Jackson have honed DC into a masterpiece!

I have been a fan of Peter Grainger since the beginning of DC’s exploits. I have all of them in kindle and audio versions and revisit them often. No one else but Jackson can play him and this book is, I think, Jackson’s finest performance in the series. Pure Smith this time with pertinent smatterings of the rest of the crew. Grainger has masterfully steered Smith into new and enduring territory and it’s great stuff. Carry on I say and get on with it! I can’t wait all year!!!

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  • lorelei
  • 2021-10-31

Another superb story by the masterful Peter Grainger wish perfect narration by the incomparable GildartJackson

Peter Grainger never disappoints. I am so thankful for this fabulous series. Wonderful complex characters, engrossing complicated storylines that both entertain and educate. These books are favorites that I listen to -or read - again and again.
While I enjoy both the Kindle and audible versions, the delight of the audible versions is truly remarkable. Mr. Jackson’s reading of these novels brings them vividly to life, capturing the humor, the intelligence and the drama with exceptional skill and nuance. Bravo to brilliant author and extraordinary narrator.

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  • Matthew H.
  • 2021-11-04

Gildart’s reading saves it.

I’ve read/listen-to every Smith book , and while I love the characters; this time the writing truly was disappointing.
Lots and lots of “fill”, too little actual story.

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  • Mike Williamson
  • 2021-11-04

Keep writing Mr Grainger

I cannot get enough of these stories. They are simple but thorough in their reasoning and procedural descriptions. The are full of humour and the characters are always fully developed.
Up there with Ian Rankin and Adrian McKinty.

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  • GoForItOldLady
  • 2021-11-04

So good to have DC back!

I’ve enjoyed the Kings Lake Investigations books in the meantime, but there’s no doubt that DC is the godfather of them all. The narrator delivers the deliberate and sardonic character of the protagonist so well, I could believe he is DC. I hope there will be more!

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  • Megan G. Irwin
  • 2021-11-02

Welcome back DC Smith

Such a wonderful, retired police inspector with his dry humor in full swing, with a great complex story.. really hope he and the other Lake characters .. DC Freeman made a brief memorable appearance, live long , long lives courtesy of Peter Grainger’s pen

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 2021-11-02

Fabulous!

I loved this! But I love DC and this entire series. Even though his former colleagues make cameo appearances, DC is the focus of this latest by Peter Grainger. The intelligence of these books together with the dry wit combine to form a terrific read. Gildart Jackson’s narration makes it an excellent listen.

Bring on more.

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  • maggie Tennesen
  • 2021-10-30

Fabulous

Fabulous book, both author and narrator. I love this series. Humor and narrative are exquisitely rendered.

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  • MerryWeather
  • 2021-12-08

No one does it better than Peter Grainger

Elegant wit, seamless prose, likable and bright characters, peril without the need for a car chase or guns and poignant little gifts scattered throughout. Peter Granger at his best which is to say very, very good. And of course a masterful presentation by Gildart Jackson, my favorite narrator. So nice to have DC back too