The Truth Itself (audiobook)

8.9 hrs • 8 CDs• 1 MP3 CD• CD• 336 CDs • Unabridged
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 09/25/18
This title will be available on September 25, 2018
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 09/25/18 9781538460306
MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 09/25/18 9781538460320
Hardcover 6"x 9" hard cover print book 
- 09/25/18 9781538507483
Paperback 5.5" x 8.5" paperback print book 
- 05/25/19 9781982546496

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Review Quotes

“Rayburn…writes with great wit, assurance, precision, and flair, capturing readers from the very first sentences of this extraordinary thriller. Every character is a standout, each with a unique voice and intricate backstory.”

Mystery Scene magazine

“As hard as nails, fast-paced, and precise.”

Playboy (Germany)

“Suspenseful…A fascinating plot and arresting characters keep the reader thoroughly engrossed.”

Publishers Weekly

“The tension builds wonderfully, aided by nice descriptive touches…and a quirky way of building atmosphere and character through smell.”


“A brutal, hard-edged story with ingenious plot twists.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung (Munich)

“With hairpin plot twists and sharp prose, The Truth Itself grabs you by the throat and never lets go. Roger Smith, writing as James Rayburn, has a gift for creating real people caught in impossible circumstances instead of the usual paper targets. Anyone who wants a thriller that actually thrills needs to pick up this book.”

Christopher Farnsworth, author of Flashmob and Blood Oath

The Truth Itself is a stunner; an intimate story that plays out against an international canvas with characters caught up in events bigger than themselves, their lives intertwining and colliding like a mortar shell in a market, leaving the reader breathless with fear and hope. An intense, fast-paced, complicated thriller, The Truth Itself will challenge readers’ minds and hearts. Highly recommended!”

Karen Dionne, internationally bestselling author of The Marsh King’s Daughter

“James Rayburn has written one of those rare thrillers that combines a breakneck pace and unforgettable characters with searing political commentary. He ditches the usual clichés of espionage novels and constructs a truly jarring and inventive plot. From the harrowing opening scene of a school shooting in rural Vermont to the final twist that I never saw coming, this is an unputdownable novel that I can’t recommend enough.”

Jon Bassoff, author of Corrosion, nominated for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière

“Graham Greene would have appreciated The Truth Itself. There is a complex moral and political vision at the heart of this novel. James Rayburn knows how to make readers turn the pages, except for the times they pause to savor the quality of the prose. This is one finely calibrated thriller.”

Lynn Kostoff, author of Words to Die For and The Long Fall

“James Rayburn has reinvented the global espionage thriller.”

Die Welt (Germany)

“A political thriller that is suspenseful from the first page to the last.”

Stern (Germany)

“A high-tempo thriller set in the shadowy world of espionage and off-the-books covert ops with a thrilling conclusion in Thailand.”

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