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Author: Melina Marchetta Narrator: Zaqi Ismail Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781478907497
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"More than a crime story; it's jam-packed with family drama and heartbreak. Highly recommended for suspense and mystery fans." --Library Journal

In the wake of a devastating bombing, a father risks everything to find out who was responsible.

When Bish Ortley, a recently suspended cop, receives word that a bus carrying his daughter has been bombed, he rushes to be by her side. A suspect has already been named--a 17-year-old girl who has since disappeared from the scene.

The press has now revealed that she is the youngest member of one of London's most notorious families. Years earlier, they were implicated in an attack that left dozens dead. Has the girl decided to follow in their footsteps?

To find her, Bish must earn the trust of her friends and family, including her infamous mother, now serving a life sentence in prison. But even as he delves into the deadly bus attack that claimed five lives, the ghosts of older crimes become impossible to ignore.

A gripping fusion of literary suspense and family drama, TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL is a fast-paced puzzle of a novel that will keep readers feverishly turning pages.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Melina Marchetta’s first adult novel offers many challenges to Zaqi Ismail as the audiobook narrator, and he handles them all with confidence and ease…Ismail captures the flawed narrator’s array of emotions—from helplessness to determination—as elegantly as the adolescent’s inclination toward sarcasm and rebellion…His pacing maintains the tempo of the suspenseful story…A gripping literary thriller.”


  • “Marchetta seems to have inside knowledge of the mysterious processes of the teenage brain…Her young characters all stand out as individuals. Even at their most infuriating, they’re always believable.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A multilayered book with a big heart that accords every character we encounter—and there are many—a backstory that serves to illustrate just how profoundly people’s lives may be shaped by the forces of history over which they have no control…A beautifully conceived crime novel.”

    Sydney Morning Herald

  • “Brilliantly captures the confusion of father-daughter relationships, the double-edged sword of redemption, and the destructive societal fear of ‘The Other.’"


  • “Stunning…This visceral read manages to capture the emotional aftermath of a mass tragedy while sustaining tension and delivering a scathing indictment of racial profiling, vigilante justice, and the 24-hour news cycle.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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About the Author

Melina Marchetta is the acclaimed and multi-award–winning author of Finnikin of the Rock, an Aurealis Award winner; Jellicoe Road, a Michael L. Printz Award winner; Saving Francesca; and Looking for Alibrandi. She lives in Australia.