The Whole Truth (novel)
|Series||Shaw and Katie James|
|Publisher||Grand Central Publishing|
|April 22, 2008|
|Media type||Print (hardback & paperback)|
|Pages||406 pp (first edition, hardback)|
|ISBN||0-446-19597-9 (first edition, hardback)|
|LC Class||PS3552.A446 W48 2008|
|Followed by||Deliver Us From Evil|
The Whole Truth is a political thriller novel written by David Baldacci. This is the first book to feature A. Shaw and Katie James. The book was initially published on April 22, 2008 by Grand Central Publishing.
Usually a sophisticated plotter, bestseller Baldacci (Absolute Power) offers a story line and villain on a par with an average James Bond film in what's billed as his first “international thriller.” Nicholas Creel, the head of the Ares Corporation, a huge defense contractor, hires a “perception management” firm to start a second cold war by planting fake news stories on the Internet about Russian atrocities. The propaganda campaign soon turns violent with the massacre of the members of a London think tank, the Phoenix Group, apparently by a Russian hit team. Creel hopes that the Phoenix Group's links with the Chinese government will lead to war between Russia and China as well as feed a worldwide arms race that will profit his company. A shadowy operative, A Shaw, whose fiancée perished in the London attack, allies himself with a disgraced female journalist in an effort to thwart Creel's evil plot. While some readers may find it a stretch that a resurgent Russia should so easily overshadow all other world crises, Baldacci in an author's note makes an eloquent case for the very real threat of perception management. (Apr. 22)
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