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Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil - Melina Marchetta

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

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Melina Marchetta's gripping new novel Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is part family saga, part crime fiction, and wholly unputdownable.

Chief Inspector Bish Ortly of the London MET, divorced and still grieving the death of his son, has been drowning his anger in a whisky bottle. Something has to give. He's no sooner suspended from the force than a busload of British students on tour in France is hit in a bomb attack. Bish goes immediately to the scene, not in an official capacity, but because his daughter Bee was on that bus. Four people have been killed and another four critically injured.

Bee has mercifully survived, and so too has seventeen-year old Violette LeBrac. Raised in Australia, Violette has a troubled background. Thirteen years previously her grandfather bombed a London supermarket, killing twenty-three people in the process. Her mother, Noor, who ultimately confessed to helping make the bomb, is serving a life sentence. But before Violette's involvement in the French tragedy can be established she disappears, along with a younger male student.

Bish Ortly has another interest in this case besides his daughter: he was involved in Noor LeBrac's arrest.

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Good pacey novel.

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    Comments about Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil:

    Melina Marchetta is a versatile writer, usually placed in the young adult category. The protagonist in this novel is an adult though the action is dominated by teenagers. It's a crime investigation, with a plot that keeps you turning the page. Attractive characters you care about and a satisfying ending. I enjoyed it.

     
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    Insightful, poignant and a page turner

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        Comments about Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil:

        Melina Marchetta again demonstrates her substanial emotional intelligence as she writes in yet another genre. As with all her books, family takes centre stage and the story engages the reader in how family cope with both the everyday and the extraordinary. There is a strong current of grief and loss, and their impact on family and society. Its a great read, not just entertaining, but as is characteristic of Marchetta, thoughtful and compelling.

         
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        what a read, fantastic

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          It was a hard book to put down I liked the excitement and story line

           
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          What can i say this book had me hooked

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              Wow this book and author, wow, I could not but this book down I loved every thing about it, to me it was more than a page turner I was thrilled with everything about it and to have the authors signature was a bonus and an honour to have

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              Melina Marchetta

              Melina Marchetta's first novel, Looking for Alibrandi, swept the pool of literary awards for young adult fiction in 1993, winning the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award (Older Readers) among many others. In 2000 it was released as a major Australian film, winning an AFI award and an Independent Film Award for best screenplay as well as the NSW Premier's Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award.

              Melina taught secondary school English and History for ten years, during which time she released her second novel, Saving Francesca, in 2003, followed by On the Jellicoe Road in 2006, and Finnikin of the Rock in 2008. Saving Francesca won the CBC Book of the Year Award for Older Readers. On the Jellicoe Road was also published in the US as Jellicoe Road, and it won the prestigious American Library Association's Michael L Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature in 2009. In 2008, Melina's first work of fantasy, Finnikin of the Rock, won the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel and was shortlisted for the 2009 CBCA Award for Older Readers.

              Melina's most recent novel, The Piper's Son, was published in 2010 and has been long-listed for the Miles Franklin Award and shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards. Melina's novels have been published in more than sixteen countries and twelve languages.

              Melina lives in Sydney, where she writes full-time.

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              ISBN: 9780670079100
              ISBN-10: 0670079103
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 432
              Published: 29th August 2016
              Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
              Country of Publication: AU
              Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.7  x 3.4
              Weight (kg): 23.5