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Melina Marchetta

Melina Marchetta's gripping new novel Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is a cracking fusion of suspense and heart-rending drama.

Chief Inspector Bish Ortley of the London Met, divorced and still grieving the death of his son, has been drowning his anger in Scotch. Something has to give, and he’s no sooner suspended from the force than a busload of British students is subject to a deadly bomb attack across the Channel. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board.

Also on the bus is Violette LeBrac. Raised in Australia, Violette has a troubled background. Thirteen years ago her grandfather bombed a London supermarket, killing dozens of people. Her mother, Noor, is serving a life sentence in connection with the incident. But before Violette’s part in the French tragedy can be established she disappears.

Bish, who was involved in Noor LeBrac’s arrest, is now compelled to question everything that happened back then. And the more he delves into the lives of the family he helped put away, the more he realises that truth wears many colours.

With its cast of unforgettable characters, social insight and wry wit, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is an irresistible novel about human identity, lost children and the nature of real love.

Melina Marchetta is the acclaimed author of young adult novels including Saving Francesca and Jellicoe Road, which won the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. Her novels have been published in 17 languages and 18 countries. She lives in Sydney, Australia. TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL is Marchetta's first novel for adults.

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8. April 2016, quote
A/NZ: Penguin AUS (Sept. 2016)


8. November 2016, review
[A] stunning adult debut… 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*

8. November 2016, review
Along with its well-rounded and likable characters, this is more than a crime story; it’s jam-packed with family drama and heartbreak. Highly recommended for suspense and mystery fans.

Library Journal *Starred Review*

8. November 2016, review
This timely thriller is the popular young adult author Marchetta’s adult debut; and while her fans will easily make the transition with her, she should gain some adult readers as well.


8. November 2016, quote
Each new Melina Marchetta novel is a revelation; she’s always changing, always evolving, and each one performs the miracle of somehow bettering the last – and Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil does exactly that…A novel of great scope, of past and present, a

Markus Zusak, author of THE BOOK THIEF

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