True crime writer Marie Lightfoot is following the Raymond Raintree trial intending to base her next book on it. Raintrees crime is particularly heinoushe abducted and killed a young girl, then stole her organs. Matters are complicated by the fact that Raintree has no past that investigators can uncover.

When the jury brings back the inevitable guilty verdict, everyone feels a sense of relief. That is until Ray makes a dramatic and daring escape from the courthouse. With an escaped killer on the loose, no one in Bahaia Beach, Florida feels safe.

Marie interviews the parents of the victim, the police and Raymonds ex-employer but learns nothing about his past until a chance phone call takes her halfway across the country where she learns the truth about Raymond Raintree and the terrible crime he committed.

With the sure hand of an acknowledged master, Nancy Pickard spins a tale so compelling, suspenseful, and emotionally involving, that you will not be able to put it down. THE WHOLE TRUTH is an unforgettable read, bound to haunt you for days after finishing it (Jun., 352 pp., $6.99—Hardcover published March 2000)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg