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Beyond the Truth

(Detective Byron #3)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Maine Sunday Telegram #1 Bestseller

"A gripping atmospheric thriller that finds the dark side of Portland, Maine. The Detective Byron mystery series is one of the finest to arrive in a long time." #1 New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston

In this latest enthralling mystery from #1 bestselling author Bruce Robert Coffin, Detective Sergeant John Byron faces the gre
ebook, 416 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Witness Impulse
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When a police officer shoots and kills a kid in Portland, Maine, Detective John Byron is on the case. Meanwhile, the Brass, the Press, and the Mayor all go to work undercutting him and trying to achieve their own ambitions.

Eventually, things get to be too much for John, but the other police stay on the case.

Decent, but not really great.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this novel of precise police procedure. I can tell Coffin was on the force for decades. His attention to detail is very evident. It added a sense of reality to the action. And I liked the personal aspect, following the life of Detective Sergeant Byron. He is fighting his own battles as well as trying to find the truth behind a difficult killing. Coffin's experience also shows as we read about interference from a persistent reporter and from a superior whose aspirations for advancement hi ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having read and enjoyed the previous novels, my expectations were pretty high that this one would be great. I wasn't disappointed and in fact think that Beyond the Truth is Bruce Robert Coffin's BEST yet! I was hooked by page 2 and finished the book in a night because who needs sleep when reading this fast paced thriller?! Having lived in Portland it was easy to visualize the geographic areas and nostalgia for businesses I remember from my younger days. I look forward to the next installment of ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beyond the Truth is a fast-paced mystery populated with characters readers care about. The author's attention to detail and personal knowledge of police procedures make this a compelling story that is certain to keep readers turning pages well into the night. Bravo!
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow! Another winner for Coffin.

Because I am a Portlander, I enjoy the locations in these books. Putting that aside, the story is fantastic. It starts with a bang, literally, and pretty much keeps up that pace.

The characters are well developed and we come to care for them in one form or another. At least I did. The emotional impact of this book was surprising and I found myself in tears. I like a book that grabs me in the feelings.

I loved having an audiobook. The narration was decent but I did
Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading
Wow! This book literally began with a bang and continued to blow me away until the end. I could not put it down! The pacing was fantastic and reinforced the mounting tension all the way to the very end. Don't start this one if you have anything else that needs to get done because it will be incredibly difficult to disconnect once the pages start turning. Or if you're like me and read after the kids go to bed, who needs sleep anyway right?!?!

Despite being the third book in the series, I never fe
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this book I wasn’t sure I wanted to get involved in another detective novel.It didn’t take long before that changed and I didn’t want to lay the book down.

If you have anything important you need to do, don’t start reading this. When you do start reading you certainly won’t want to put the book down for something as mundane as meals or sleep. Maybe you can just line up some snacks in front of you before you pick up this book.

I’m such a girl. I have to admit that I nee
Kathleen Gray
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well done and topical procedural. Coffin has used his background in law enforcement to inform his plotting of this novel which looks at what happens when a police officer shoots a teen. Portland Maine has a dark tough side and things are always clear for officers. Byron is in many ways your classic tortured detective, complete with an addiction/sober struggle, but he's well drawn. I'd not read the earlier books in this series so I read this with fresh and appreciative eyes. Thanks to Edelweiss f ...more
Rick Cochran
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bruce Robert Coffin has created an enduring character in his John Byron series. This series ranks with the best, reminiscent of Michael Connelly's, Harry Bosch. With 27 years experience Coffin knows police work and he knows Portland, Maine. Beyond the Truth explores the hot button issue of police shootings from the view point of the police department. Opportunistic politicians, reporters and publicity hounds abound and John Bryon has to deal with departmental interference as well as his own ling ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Police Procedural

I loved this book. I enjoy reading police procedural books. This is fast paced, lots of twist and turns. It pulls the reader in from the first chapter and doesn’t give up until the very end. The subject is very much of present times. Teenagers shooting to avoid being apprehended. And it allows you to see that people in police work also have flaws. It is very realistic.
bonney wheelden
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just keeps getting better and better!

I love the fact that the author so obviously knows the town he's writing about- a place where we both grew up in. Each story Mr Coffin writes seems to pull you further and and further into John's story and life at 109. I hope he continues to write about John and his Portland haunts for many a year; Bruce Robert Coffin will definitely have this reader on the edge of her seat riding along Congress Street with Sergeant Byron!
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Taut and tense mystery involving a police shooting and a dead teenager. The opening scene is breathtaking and one of the best I’ve read in a very long time. This police procedural has all the right pieces in place and moves them around deftly, keeping the mystery alive while maintaining the interest in the characters and the setting. For mystery crime lovers, this is a really good book. I received my copy from the publisher through edelweiss.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beyond the Truth met my expectations and more.
John Byron is a detective with real life problems that sometimes threaten his career as well as his personal life. He is not invincible as many detectives are in novels. That makes for realism. It also makes him very relatable as a human being. The imagery Bruce Coffin uses in his writing makes it easy to be in each moment with Byron. I can't wait for Detective Byron's next adventure!
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great book, couldn't put it down. As like the other 2 book Bruce has brought you right into the pages of the book and if you know Portland at all you can visualize traveling down the street with the characters. And being caught up in the "who done it" and wondering if you have figured it out. Plus hoping John Byron can put his life back together. So looking forward to #4....... S.O.
Michael Andrews
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another example of great storytelling.

A well pace plot of intricate storytelling that only a person with direct working police background could tell. This series of stories would make a great movie or tv miniseries. The main characters are rich in their own personal subplots. I look forward to more Bryon if there is more.
Rhonda Lomazow
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tense chilling thriller an author who has a background in law enforcement bringing reality to every page..A police officer shots a teenager and everything spills out of control multinlayered ripped from the headlines highly recommend.Thanks#goodreads for free copy.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A story that is prevalent in today’s news that highlights the story of a cop shooting a teenager. What happens to the detective as he goes through the scrutiny through his eyes as he battles the media but his inner demons of an alcoholic.

This is a gripping emotional journey.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another well written thriller and if I didn't have to sleep I would have read this in one night! That is how good this book is - very hard to put down. Detective Sargent John Byron at his best.

Great job Bruce and I am now looking forward to your next masterpiece.
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
More complex then the first book in the series with enough surprises and character development to make the story quite interesting. Almost too much procedural included. Hooks for further books in place, all we need is the next book! ( Local author , lots of fun recognizing locales etc. )
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Engaging, suspenseful story.
Author has grown as a writer.
Terri Mulks
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great read! Each book in the series gets better and better.
The first half is really slow, but then it picks up. 2.5 stars
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Bruce Robert Coffin is the bestselling author of the Detective Byron mystery series and former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland, Maine police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine’s largest city. Following the terror attacks of September 11th, Bruce spent four years ...more

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