A headline for this review could be “Local author makes good.” Rick Pullen is a former reporter for The Free Lance–Star who has now turned his talents to fiction. And the result is a classic Washington conspiracy novel, “Naked Truth.” The tentacles of the conspiracy reach up to, and include, the president.
It is the protagonist, a newspaper investigative reporter, who essentially solves the case. Of course, during his journalistic career, Mr. Pullen never reported on a conspiracy such as this in real life … but?
The plot, while somewhat complicated, keeps your interest from beginning to end. The Washington background is very realistic, and it is easy to believe that the top investigative reporters in D.C. do their work essentially as described in the novel. The writing contains some gems you must look for, such as the street address of one of the characters being given as 221B Baker St., which Sherlock Holmes fans will instantly recognize.
Readers will recall the somewhat mysterious circumstances in which Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead at a private resort in Texas. This story opens with a chief justice found dead at a private resort in Texas and goes from there. Obviously, it turns out the justice didn’t die from natural causes—he was murdered. The plot then takes our hero through all the details of his investigation of the murder and conspiracy, his interviews, his ongoing analyses of the plot’s twists and turns, and an ending I cannot discuss, where the guilty parties are finally exposed.
This volume is the second in a series, and an excerpt from the first thriller is in the appendix. I have ordered that first book from Amazon because Mr. Pullen’s writing has captured me, and I am impatiently waiting for the next in the series. If you want several hours of entertainment, you cannot beat this writer, who has the bonus of being local and provides several local scenarios readers can relate to.