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The Truth of All Things

(The first book in the Archie Lean series)
A novel by

Two hundred years after the Salem witch trials, in the summer of 1892, a grisly new witch hunt is beginning...

When newly appointed Deputy Marshal Archie Lean is called in to investigate a prostitute's murder in Portland, Maine, he's surprised to find the body laid out like a pentagram and pinned to the earth with a pitchfork. He's even more surprised to learn that this death by "sticking" is a traditional method of killing a witch.

Baffled by the ritualized murder scene, Lean secretly enlists the help of historian Helen Prescott and brilliant criminalist Perceval Grey. Distrusted by officials because of his mixed Abenaki Indian ancestry, Grey is even more notorious for combining modern investigative techniques with an almost eerie perceptiveness. Although skeptical of each other's methods, together the detectives pursue the killer's trail through postmortems and opium dens, into the spiritualist societies and lunatic asylums of gothic New England.

Before the killer closes in on his final victim, Lean and Grey must decipher the secret pattern to these murders--a pattern hidden within the dark history of the Salem witch trials.

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Praise for this book

"This story brims with rich detail, the line between right and wrong smudged beyond recognition. What a unique and claustrophobic world --- Maine at the turn of the 20th century --- but the ties to an unspeakable past are haunting and unmistakable. It's a delight from start to finish. A terrific story, told terrifically." - Steve Berry

"Kieran Shields has written a knuckle biting gothic mystery of ritual murder, revenge, and the harrowing heritage of witchcraft in New England. Readers will love exploring Shields' world of the eerie faces of nineteenth century Maine, from temperance societies to historical societies to whorehouses and everything in between. This rollicking tale puts an entirely new spin on the legacy of the Salem witch trials, and will keep lovers of historical fiction turning pages until the final gripping conclusion." - Katherine Howe

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Hardback Editions

March 2012 : USA Hardback

Title: The Truth of All Things: A Novel
Author(s): Kieran Shields
ISBN: 0-307-72027-6 / 978-0-307-72027-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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Paperback Editions

February 2013 : USA Paperback

Title: The Truth of All Things: A Novel (Archie Lean Series)
Author(s): Kieran Shields
ISBN: 0-307-72029-2 / 978-0-307-72029-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway Books
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Kindle Editions

March 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: The Truth of All Things: A Novel (Archie Lean Series Book 1)
Author(s): Kieran Shields
Publisher: Broadway Books
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