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Only the Truth [Kindle Edition]

Pat Brown
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Book Description

Harkening back to the writing styles and small town settings of earlier American authors – John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, and Carson McCullers - "Only the Truth" is a psychological mystery with as many twists as the country road leading to the humble home of Billy Ray Hutchins, a lonely uneducated man living in the hills of Arkansas. Life changes little for him from day to day until he brings home a young drifter he meets at the railroad tracks, the mysterious Charlene, whose last name he never asks. He becomes her Sweet Billy Ray and his love for Charlene is steady and uncomplicated until the sheriff shows up to take her away in handcuffs. With the only woman he has ever loved behind bars for the coldblooded murder of the old man across the road, a confused and devastated Billy Ray sets out on a quest to find the truth, only the truth, whether it leads him to be able to save his Charlene from a death sentence or it frees him from her spell.


PRAISE for ONLY THE TRUTH!

Brown does a masterful job engaging the reader while weaving the psychological tapestry of love, loss, brutality and shame that challenges us to think. – Blink on Crime

Intriguing, disturbing, beautiful – Chelsea Hoffman

This well-written novella has it all: interest, suspense, great characters, and a surprising conclusion. - Fifty is the New Forty

Billy Ray Hutchins, Police Chief Williams, Mrs. Covey – positive African-American characters– in a heartwarming book that has nothing to do with race. – Books of Worth

Only the Truth is such a special treat and ‘Sweet Billy Ray’ is so endearing, an innocent heart, venturing down life’s rocky road. I already miss him and it’s like missing a good ole’ friend. – Kathleen McLaughlin, Business End of the Pen

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown takes the reader on a psychological ride as the main character Billy Ray Hutchins wrestles with the fact that he lived with and loved a murderer. Billy Ray is best described as a country bumpkin, his world is turned upside down, and he is forced to go into the mind of a killer. Only the Truth is a real page turner that is sure to keep readers interested from start to finish! - Levi Page, The Levi Page Show


About the Author

Pat Brown is a nationally known criminal profiler and television commentator. She is the CEO of The Sexual Homicide Exchange and president of The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency. Having made over two thousand television and radio appearances in the United States and worldwide, Pat Brown is well known for her crime commentary and for her profiling and forensic analysis. She can be seen regularly on MSNBC, CNN, FOX, NBC, and CBS, and is a frequent guest of Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Inside Edition, and The Today Show, Pat Brown was the host and profiler for the 2004 Discovery Channel documentary, "The Suspicious Death of Cleopatra" and the 2010 Discovery Channel "Mystery Files" in which she revealed a new Jack the Ripper suspect. Pat Brown is also the author of "Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers" (Phoenix Books 2008), "The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths" (Hyperion Voice 2010), and the upcoming "How to Save Your Daughter's Life" (HCI Sept 2012), and "The Murder of Cleopatra (Prometheus Feb 2013).


Product Details

  • File Size: 265 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Pat Brown (March 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GU0Y3A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, love it, love it! March 29, 2012
By Nancy L
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My husband and I both really enjoyed this novel. A small-town setting, endearing characters, and the pages practically turn themselves from the first page to the end. It should make everyone's summer vacation list. I agree with all who said it is hard to put down. This is not a gory, disturbing crime novel. Hard to believe, but much about it is sweet, funny, and heart-warming. About half-way through, just when you think you've got everything figured out, Pat Brown rolls out the surprises! I hope they make this one into a movie. And I personally would love a sequel.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Substantial formatting issues May 11, 2012
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One third of the way into this book on my Kindle--just as I was hooked--the text became center justified for the remainder of the book (as opposed to justified on the left-hand margin). I simply could not read like this. It was impossible to tell where paragraphs were starting. Terribly disappointed. Not to mention a number of obvious typos (which isn't too uncommon with the cheaper Kindle books).

If this issue is fixed, then I can't wait to finish the book and I will update this review.

***UPDATE***

I am happy to report that the formatting issues are fixed (though not the many typos). Unfortunately, I don't have a glowing review for this book. Three stars is pushing it. I'd say I was leaning four stars in the first third of the book (it seemed to have a lot of promise), then was feeling three stars through the middle, and was a solid two by the end. I hate to say it, but the end was simply awful. It was wrapped up with such brevity and simplicty that it felt like watching the last five minutes of a cheap soap opera.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will not disappoint March 14, 2012
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Enjoyed this book from the first page through to the last page. I have been a fan of Pat Brown since she started doing talk shows & was thrilled to find she was writing. The story is fresh, the characters are interesting ..you don't want to put the book down..well worth the price
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, right up until the ending May 24, 2012
By Rob
Format:Kindle Edition
Good book. Keeps you interested right from the start. You are guessing at what is going on. The problem I had was the ending was really bad. It seemed like the author ran out of time and spent 3 pages closing the whole story out. The actions of the characters (not going to spoil) at the end are so ridiculous and goes against everything they would realistically do. The ending almost ruined what was a great story. I think that could have been handled a lot better, but oh well. The book is worth your time and money for sure. I'll check out others by this author.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly compelling June 13, 2012
By ausview
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Only the Truth was a surprisingly compelling if somewhat predictable read. It is a good book for those new to Kindles as there is no need to check back over details, the story rapidly and clearly unfolds. The characters were affectionately portrayed. Easy to read in one or two sittings.

I only gave it three stars because the ending was wrapped up so abruptly it was almost as if she had become sick of writing the book, also one element of a subplot was left unresolved in a way that seemed like an oversight.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too shabby May 24, 2012
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It is written in a first person, from a very simple, unedumacated man. This style is pretty unique and at first it stopped me from reading past the first 20 pages. I was forced to pick it up again (I had nothing else on my kindle) and enjoyed the unique prose going forward. It is a nice little story, but I kind of figured out the final outcome three quarters from the book. Billy Ray, who couldn't read, all of a sudden could read the blinking neon sign on the highway diner? The author goofed - builds a character that can't read and then all of sudden uses hooked-on-phonics and learns to read when food is on the line at the diner. There are some other small nuances that that annoyed me. Two police departments working murder cases jointly would not openly discuss a case and what-if scenarios in front of a potential suspect (Billy Ray) nor anyone else for that matter. Overall an enjoyable read, but the author probably should get a new editor so that the story holds together better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for the price but ending is anticlimactic May 11, 2012
By Di
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I liked the style of writing. I liked the characters. I found the story very interesting. The ending killed it all for me. I was happy enough with how everything resolved, it was the manner it was written that I found so unsatisfactory. It was too simple a wrap up for all that had happened. It was a quick read in general and I very much wanted to keep reading. Then the end was there all too quickly, wrapped up in a few paragraphs.
I hope she keeps writing fiction but make the ending feel as true as the rest of the story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needed the Truth March 24, 2012
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Only the Truth
This was a GREAT quick read. I couldn't stop once I started. I needed to know what happened. I found this book to be very clever! Kudos to Pat Brown, Criminal Profiler!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The writing here is very smooth and the characters are more than...
The plot is not quite believable but truth is always stranger than fiction. The writing here is very smooth and the characters are more than cardboard cutouts so I did enjoy this... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Michael Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars simple but good
Even though you could see where this story was going, I enjoyed reading it. The characters were like able, even when it seemed hard to like them.
Published 23 days ago by Mary J. Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply surprising!
What a surprising story! A simple story about a man who appears to be simple...and he's simply terrific! A well-woven tale. I will look for more from Pat Brown.
Published 28 days ago by Gayle Padfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Only the truth by Pat Brown
I loved this book! Can't wait until the next one. Couldn't put it down.
That's all folks! I recommend this.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Left me speechless
Let me say from the gate that I despise people who leave reviews of books they either haven't read or didn't finish, and although there have been a few I had to abandon, I simply... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mrsdepass
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!
Whike reading this book, I actually found myself holding my breath and racing to read what was happening next. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and highly recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by meme@sf
5.0 out of 5 stars Only the truth!
Excellent short book. I would recommend it to my friends. Hope to read more books by this author very soon.
Published 2 months ago by Contrary
4.0 out of 5 stars worth the read
Definitely a pretty easy read, but well worth it. Does leave you wanting more, however. Many twists and turns and doesn't wrap up until the last few pages.
Published 3 months ago by GEMSTONES
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable
This is a remarkable story. It's definitely one that I started and absolutely unable to put it down until I finished. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pat Ashcraft
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but needs more work
The writing is good but the story needs development, especially towards the end when the writer tries it wrap it all up.
Published 4 months ago by Louise L.C.
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Criminal Profiler Pat Brown


Pat Brown is a nationally known criminal profiler and television commentator. She is the CEO of The Sexual Homicide Exchange (www.SHEprofilers.com) and president of The Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency (www.patbrownprofiling.com). Through the Sexual Homicide Exchange, she provides pro bono cold case profiling and training for law enforcement and she works privately for families, attorneys, and the media throught her own agency. Pat Brown is the author of Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers (Phoenix Books) and her new book, The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths (Hyperian Voice) will be out in May 2010. Having made over one thousand television and radio appearances in the United States and worldwide, Pat Brown is well known for her crime commentary and for her profiling and forensic analysis. She can be seen regularly on MSNBC, CNN, FOX, NBC, and CBS, and is a frequent guest of Nancy Grace, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, Larry King, The Today Show, and The CBS Early Show. Pat Brown was the host and profiler for the 2004 Discovery Channel documentary, The Suspicious Death of Cleopatra and in February 2010 she can be seen in the new Discovery Channel Mystery Files series revealing a new Jack the Ripper suspect and discussing why she believes Cleopatra was murdered.



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Billy Ray's name on the photo?
Ditto! I thought I had missed something too. I have thought about it and come up with, maybe Covey gave Kristen the name of a distant relative (Billy Ray) that she could go and stay with to escape from her parents but that doesn't really explain what Billy Ray's actual connection was to the... Read More
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