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The Keepers of Truth

(2000)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
It is the mid 80s in post industrial America. In a small town graced with the decaying hulks of defunct factories, young journalist and college dropout Bill churns out lengthy essays on the death of industry and of America itself for The Daily Truth, whose scoops rarely rise above the latest home bake contest. The static summer is punctured when local bad boy Ronny Lawton reports his father missing. A dismembered finger is found and all suspect the son of murdering his hated father, but nothing can be proved. The sorry tale of the white trash Lawtons hypnotises the town and Ronny Lawton becomes a local icon. Bill becomes increasingly obsessed with the story - he gets involved with Ronny's estranged wife, finds a decomposing human head, and ends up as a suspect in the murder case himself. Things come to a head and Ronny Lawton holds his wife, child and Bill hostage in a confrontation with the FBI. Bill escapes with the woman and child and contemplates the American dream gone sour.

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Hardback Editions

October 2001 : USA Hardback

Title: Keepers of Truth
Author(s): Michael Collins
ISBN: 1-4177-2079-4 / 978-1-4177-2079-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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January 2000 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Keepers of Truth: Shortlisted for the 2000 Booker Prize
Author(s): Michael Collins
ISBN: 1-86159-178-0 / 978-1-86159-178-4 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

September 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Keepers of Truth: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Collins
ISBN: 0-7432-1803-5 / 978-0-7432-1803-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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December 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Keepers of Truth
Author(s): Michael Collins
ISBN: 0-7538-1102-2 / 978-0-7538-1102-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix
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May 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Keepers of Truth
Author(s): Michael Collins
ISBN: 0-7538-1259-2 / 978-0-7538-1259-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
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December 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Keepers of Truth
Author(s): Michael Collins
ISBN: 1-86159-179-9 / 978-1-86159-179-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix
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Kindle Editions

November 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Keepers of Truth: Shortlisted for the 2000 Booker Prize
Author(s): Michael Collins
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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November 2001 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Keepers of Truth: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Collins
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon