A Shred of Truth  -     By: Eric Wilson
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A Shred of Truth

Random House / 2007 / Paperback

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Haunted by a dark past, Aramis Black fears a shadow from his former life has returned for retribution! Following a bizarre attack on his brother, the blade of an arrogant sociopath takes aim at Aramis, challenging him to "face his sins." Can Black escape the guilt of old ways---or will vengeance cut him down?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1578569125
ISBN-13: 9781578569120
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Publisher's Description

In The Best of Evil, Aramis Black uncovered family secrets and historical conspiracies, hoping that his own dark past had come to certain resolution. But now, in the dark of night, he finds his brother unconscious and tied to a statue in Nashville’s Music Row …with the initials AX carved into his back.

A shadow from his former life has reappeared, casting threats of violence and retribution. And soon the attacker is swinging his blade of self-righteous judgment directly at Aramis, calling upon him to “face his sins.” Can Aramis finally break free from the guilt of his old ways… or will he succumb to the vengeance of an arrogant sociopath?

Author Bio

Eric Wilson is the author of Dark to Mortal Eyes, Expiration Date, and the first book in the Aramis Black series, The Best of Evil. He lives with his wife, Carolyn Rose, and their two daughters in Nashville, Tennessee.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for A Shred of Truth

“Mesmerizing! In A Shred of Truth, Eric Wilson delivers a twisting tale of suspense, sorrow, and repentance that will grab you from the start and keep your mind occupied well past the turning of the last page. Aramis Black never looked so good. Warning: Reading this book may be hazardous to your sleep cycle!”
–Sharon Carter Rogers, critically-acclaimed author of Sinner and Two Graces

“Eric Wilson can flat-out write!”
–Creston Mapes, author of Nobody

A Shred of Truth serves up another cup of addictive suspense from author Eric Wilson.  The adventures of Aramis Black read like successive shots of adrenaline, offering readers fresh takes in Christian suspense.”
–Sibella Giorello, author of The Stones Cry Out

“Eric Wilson possesses a profound power of prose and dialogue that kept me riveted to the last, remarkable page. A great work from one of our most extraordinary writers of suspense.”
–James Byron Huggins, author of A Wolf Story, The Reckoning, and Leviathan

“Wilson has done it again! A Shred of Truth is a highly textured, superbly crafted story that will resonate with readers long after the last page has been turned.”
–Brandt Dodson, author of Original Sin, Seventy Times Seven and The Root of All Evil

“Eric Wilson continues to amaze me with every novel. A Shred of Truth grabs you at the first page and never lets go. From a hero who is flawed yet admirable to the demented evil out to destroy him, Wilson has given us his best work yet.”
–Brian Reaves, author of Stolen Lives

“Now that I’ve had my second cup of coffee with my favorite bad-boy turned java-shop host, I’m hooked on Aramis Black. A Shred of Truth gives us a heaping spoonful of terrific writing, a double-dollop of historical intrigue, and a custom blend of danger, mystery, and family drama. Is there any question that Eric Wilson is one of the best suspense writers around? Not by me–I’m ordering another cup!”
–Kathryn Mackel, author of Vanished

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 14, 2008
    This story was even better than the first book ion this series, The Best of Evil. A Shred of Truth keeps you guessing to the very end, the truths that this book contains is valid and applicable to our everyday lives as Christians. Eric Wilson is a wonderful author full of colorful and masterful descriptions of Aramis Black's adventures. If you're looking for an "edge of your seat" book, pick this one up, it's incredible!!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 18, 2007
    Susan Sleeman
    In A Shred of Truth, we once again find Aramis Black at home in his Nashville coffee shop with his brother Johnny Ray fast climbing the ladder to country music fame. The mystery takes off from the first chapter when Johnny Ray is abducted and the initials AX are slashed into his back. Aramis wants to protect his brother. Wants to discover the identity of the sicko cutter. Wants to settle into the comfort of his motto, Live by the sword, die by the sword, that brought him through his tumultuous past before he gave his life to God. But now, the motto only serves to complicate matters. Does he revert to the security of his motto and seek vengeance or does he follow the faith that tells him to lay back and let Detective Meade handle the investigation? Aramis struggles admirably with the decision, but when the threats become personal the motto wins out and he is thrust into a hunt that has all the elements of a keep-you-reading-when-you-should-be-sleeping mystery. If Wilsons fast pacing and superb prose dont firmly affix the book in your hands until the last page, his revelation of a mid-book surprise guarantees youll read until the satisfying ending. When I finished Eric Wilsons last novel, The Best of Evil, I thought it would be difficult for Wilson to top that book. As I said in my review of The Best of Evil, Wilsons prose was outstanding, his characters deep, his pace fast moving but full of lifes meaning that connects us with the characters, and his dialogue genuine. The same is true of A Shred of Truth, but Wilson has provided an even more compelling mystery in this one. And, as in his last book, Aramis Blacks struggle with his faith, with doing the right thing staring him in the face and failing to do it, rings true to the reader. Through his balance of credible dialogue and internal exposition, Wilson reveals Aramis strife and helps the reader recognize and better understand the battle with the same force in their own life.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 17, 2007
    Awesome Book Eric!! The coffee just got stronger, can't wait for the next cup of brew!! Thanks so much for the message, the drama, the adventure. God Bless Ya Friend!!
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 12, 2007
    Heres a great sequel to "The Best of Evil." Top notch mystery with creative characters and a good solid plot. Although I really liked "The Best of Evil" I found "A Shred of Truth" to be a great improvement in character development with a storyline which was much more complex and engrossing. There were so many suspects that it had you changing your mind throughout the book on who you thought the bad guy was. Finally towards the end someone said something a tad bit out of character and I knew I pegged the perpetrator.<br /><br />Usually I find the filler parts of books that give you a break from the main plot (such as romance, buying a new puppy or back-flashes that take you to the first time you broke a bone) just to be a waste of time however the filler in "A Shred of Truth" was very engaging, thought provoking and worked well in adding to the storys biblical perspective. Do yourself a favor and get this book but youll have to read "The Best of Evil" first. This is not a stand-alone novel.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 11, 2007
    bill garrison
    Aramis Black returns in A SHRED OF TRUTH, a new novel by Eric Wilson. Aramis first appeared in Wilson's BEST OF EVIL. In that novel, Aramis had to overcome a dark past and the evil surrounding his mother's death. He got the "best of evil" by granting forgiveness to those who wronged him. In the newest novel, Aramis is still running his coffee shop, still working with the elegant and beautiful Samantha Rosewood, and still battling the violent ways of his past.<br /><br />The novel opens at a party/concert where Johnny Ray Black, Aramiss brother and a rising country music star, is seduced by a beautiful redhead. Aramis later finds Johnny tied to a statue with the letters "AX" carved into his back with a razorblade. About ready to go on tour, Johnny is too busy to deal with the assault, so Aramis takes over. Soon Aramis begins receiving cryptic messages, and one message reveals a shocking truth about his past. Aramis vows to confront this tormentor head on, and begins carrying a gun wherever he goes. Aramis wages a constant battle between his new commitment to God and his motto that he had lived by for so many years, "Live by the sword, die by the sword."<br /><br />Part of the fun in reading a series is that you get to enjoy the characters and setting over several novels. The city of Nashville plays a prominent part in this book as it did the first. The witty interaction between Johnny and Aramis also continues. Wilson also created many colorful new characters in his newest work. Wilson weaves a complex plot full of suspicions and sprinkled with humor and wit. A SHRED OF TRUTH is a novel I'd recommend to fans of Brandt Dodson, Brandilynn Collins and anyone else that enjoys a good mystery/suspense novel. Wilson brings a unique voice to the genre in Aramis Black, a man haunted by his past and determined to have a future shaped by God.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Eric Wilson
Located in: Nashville, TN
Submitted: January 27, 2007

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I've always had a desire to write stories that portray biblical truths in original ways. Since childhood, I've scribbled down stories and poems. My wife of sixteen years, and my daughters (age 12 and 14), have been very encouraging, giving Dad the time and space to write. It's been a long haul--with financial difficulties and emotional roller-coaster rides--but the end result is worth it.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I wanted to explore Aramis' past even further-- what drives him, what makes him run from a serious relationship with a woman, and what pushes him toward, and away from, knowing God. When a religious extremist tries manipulating Aramis' life in harsh ways, Aramis must come to terms with his own dark nature...and the redeeming grace of Jesus.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  For those who met Aramis Black in "The Best of Evil," I hope you will be caught up in the unfolding of his family secrets. For those just discovering Aramis Black, I hope you'll find a new fictional friend. I love writing about this character and his struggles to know God--not just as a dictator of rules and regulations, but as a Savior desiring relationship with his creation.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  My current inspiration comes from authors who mix real-life struggles with issues of faith. James Lee Burke and John Dalton do so in the secular market. In the Christian bookstores, I find the same thing in books by Melanie Wells, Brian Reaves, Randy Singer, and Lisa Samson.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Keep supporting authors who want to entertain with quality writing while also addressing the issues of our current culture. We need to be lights in the darkness.


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