Online Book Talk with Michael McAuliffe
On Wednesday, October 7 at 4:30pm, the West Tisbury Library presents an online book talk with local author Michael McAuliffe. Join us for a reading and discussion of the new novel, No Truth Left to Tell, which is loosely based on the author’s experiences as a federal civil rights prosecutor. This is a live event that will meet on Zoom. Please email email@example.com to receive your Zoom invitation to join. This event is free and open to the public.
About the book:
February 1994 – Lynwood, Louisiana: Flaming crosses light up the night and terrorize the
southern town. The resurgent Klan wants a new race war, and the Klansmen will start it here. As
federal civil rights prosecutor Adrien Rush is about to discover, the ugly roots of the past run
deep in Lynwood.
For Nettie Wynn, a victim of the cross burnings and lifelong resident of the town’s segregated
neighborhood, the hate crimes summon frightful memories of her youth, when she witnessed
white townspeople lynch a black man. Her granddaughter Nicole DuBose, a successful journalist in New York City, returns to Lynwood to care for her grandmother. Rush arrives from DC and investigates the crimes with Lee Mercer, a seasoned local FBI special agent. Their partnership is tested as they clash over how far to go to catch the racists before the violence escalates. Rush’s role in the case becomes even more complicated after he falls for DuBose. When crucial evidence becomes compromised—threatening to upend what should be a celebrated conviction—the lines between right and wrong, black and white, collide with deadly consequences.
No Truth Left to Tell is a timely legal thriller that pulls readers into a compelling courtroom
drama and the search for justice in a troubled community.
“Hate is shockingly alive and well in America these days, but so is moral courage and a passion for justice. This is a compelling, emotionally taut first novel by an accomplished attorney. We are intrigued by the protagonist, a self-doubting white prosecutor who joins forces with a seasoned black agent who knows the sting of prejudice. They battle the Klan, police corruption, and sometimes each other, but in the process, forge a memorable alliance. Through it all, Michael McAuliffe’s fresh, image-infused style makes reading a pleasure.”
—Rose Styron, poet, human rights activist, and journalist
About the author:
Michael McAuliffe has been a practicing lawyer for thirty years. He was a federal prosecutor
serving both as a supervisory assistant US attorney in the Southern District of Florida and a
trial attorney in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice
in Washington, DC. In 2008, Michael was elected and served as the state attorney for Palm
Beach County, leading an office of approximately 125 prosecutors. In 2012, he returned to the
private sector as a global company’s general counsel. Michael has taught law for many years
including as a senior lecturing fellow at Duke University School of Law and as an adjunct
professor at the College of William & Mary School of Law. Michael and his wife Robin
Rosenberg, a US district judge, have three children and live in Florida and Chilmark, Massachusetts.