Blink Kindle eBook Review: Only The Truth By National Criminal Profiling Expert and Author Pat Brown

*Blink  AND Pat Brown discussing this review and Powell and Sandusky cases tonight at 9PM on The Dana Pretzer Show click here to listen *


Perched atop a steep hill at the end of Makin Road, Billy Ray led a quiet existence with his furry friend and aptly-named Big Dog.   He was simple like the syrup in sweet tea you could imagine him drinking on his shabby back porch every evening come sundown.

With no proper schooling or family to speak of since his MommaAunt died and left him his house in the woods, he could not read , worked odd jobs and street sweeping for weekly groceries and beer.

Billy Ray was the John Coffey of Whitfield Glen.    Like the drink, ‘cept not spelled the same, not spelt the same at all.

That all changed when the girl with the red suitcase crossed his path.

Can I Go With You, Billy Ray?

Charlene was the first woman Billy Ray had ever made love to.  She made fluffy biscuits and Billy Ray realized what lonely was like when they was apart even for a few hours for his work or a trip into town for supplies.  He knew he would need to put some money into that ole beater pick up now.

It did not go fast enough up that hill for him anymore; Charlene was waiting on him.

When Charlene hung garlic from the porch to keep the vampires away, he should have left it right up there like she set it in the first place.  He thought it was silly.  Silly is as silly does I reckon, or more like simple.

Simple like the sugar the old guy with the same skin color as Charlene came to borrow the day everything went sideways and Billy Ray got a visit from Sheriff Hathaway.

The story of Billy Ray and Charlene, whose last name he never asked, begins like a lazy afternoon sitting next to the soft babbles of a field creek in bare feet.

As the layers of Charlene’s past begin to peel like that ominous hanging garlic, Pat Brown’s ONLY THE TRUTH has us looking up at the sky for a funnel cloud only to see that as the reader, we are already in its eye.

In Pat Brown’s freshman fiction ekindle effort, the journey of Billy Ray, Charlene and the lives one gives as well as takes away are not the simple outcomes of good versus evil.

Brown does a masterful job engaging the reader while weaving the psychological tapestry of love, loss, brutality and shame that challenges us to think we know what it will look like when completed, only to learn our lenses may need a cleaning.

 Many times, our ability to see ONLY THE TRUTH is hampered by our lack of ability to accept what that might reveal about someone we love, as well as ourselves.


Only The Truth eKindle Book is offered by Amazon for under $3, however, you do need a Kindle to read it.  You can download the Kindle reader cloud for your PC or download the Kindle reader app for your smartphone.   It is a quick and riveting read, told in Billy Ray vernacular.  4.5 out of 5 winks from Blink.

Pat Brown is the author of non-fiction titles The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths by Pat Brown and Bob Andelman, Me, Abe, and Greyhound U , Killing for Sport: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers, Interview with a Cannibal: The Secret Life of the Monster of Rotenburg by Gunter Stampf and Pat Brown

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  1. Word Girl says:

    Blink! Did you write this? Wonderful job! I will definitely download that book for my ipod touch.Looking forward to your broadcast ce soir.

    The review, yes. The Book no, lol if that is your question.

    My friend and colleague Pat Brown wrote it, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


  2. connie says:

    Thank you Blink! Hope you had a great Easter and well deserved break!

  3. Word Girl says:

    Blink, I just wanted to compliment you on your writing. Nice style and kinda sly. Brava.

    I knew it was yours when I came upon an it’s where you meant its. (My reporting teacher cured us of that because we’d get an automatic F for that mispell or for using alot instead of a lot. tee hee.)

    We’ll see you and Pat and Dana on airwaves tonight!

    LOL LOL. They don’t call you Word Girl for nothing.

    Thanks for the kind words


  4. Word Girl says:

    PS Book downloaded perfectly and synched right onto my ipod touch.
    I’m gettin’ up in the world with y’all!

    Right? I loved it on my droid, I read it on my maintenance appt day ( hair/nails) because other than that I rarely have the time to sit and read anything- I am an audiobook junkie.


  5. A Texas Grandfather says:

    The sweet tea and the cross reference to the fluffy biscuits says Smokey or Blue Ridge mountains to me. Good piece as always. I will be listening.

    Thank you kind sir.

  6. SouthernMom says:

    Great show!

    Thank You Kindly


  7. SouthernMom says:

    I downloaded the Kindle for PC version and read Only the Truth. It was an excellent read and kept you engaged from beginning to end.

    I edited your post so that I could post it, I hope you do not mind, I asked the author the very same question and this was her reply… so no, you did not.

    I guess you will just have to wait for the trilogy, lol.


  8. SouthernMom says:

    Don’t mind the edit at all Blink…I only put it as private because I didn’t want any spoilers revealed. I’ll definitely be one of the first to buy the sequels.

  9. SouthernMom says:

    If I understand correctly what was discussed in the radio show, the LE/Family Services “failures” in the Powell family are evident (and often) dating back to when Josh and sibs were kids.

    I know years ago incestuous molestation was treated differently from other sex crimes substantially. Often times it was overlooked completely or with just a slap on the wrist without any jailtime, probation, etc.

    To imagine how different this could have turned out if just ONE person with influence or authority would have put a stop to the insanity and pursued these charges – it is hearbreaking.

    Sounds like there were many opportunities…and the system in place now and then is broken and needs to be fixed! MOO.

  10. Mom3.0 says:

    Glad that the podcast is up-

    I enjoyed the show – I was surprised Dana shared and asked your thoughts on the Trayvon Martin case- very informative discussion and I have to agree it is an emotional case, one in which it is easy to lose sight of the facts

    I will definitely be reading your part 2 in the Powell case. What were the questions? Hmm and what were the lies?
    I was very saddened to have you confirm that the boys succumbed from carbon monoxide poisoning, it bothers me that they lay there bleeding and hurting as their little lives ebbed away.

    I hope your Part 2 will update us on the status of the “pay outs” as well as what was contained in Joshs emails to his sister.

    You both covered so much in such a short amount of time- I appreciated the updates on the Denver case as well as others

    Good work as always-

    Thank you ma’am, I appreciate you.


  11. Blink says:

    @word girlthe podcast is at the link, I have never done a transcript , if you think it is a useful idea lemme know.

  12. Word Girl says:

    Late to the party, as usual, but I did hear the broadcast and am glad it’s availablein podcast for everyone.

    I do think a transcript would be helpful as we look back to some of the comments you’ve been prescient about the victimology and the way you’ve called for accountablility at earliest stages.

    Not only that, but sometimes, when we hear something, we want to ‘look at it again’ and a transacript would be helpful.

    Also, for those who say you didn’t write about Part 2, but spoke about on the broadcast, this would be helpful. There are many of us who are good at transcribing such things–many probably better than I.

    OT on that. I had a student in a cooking class once (I know, I reinvent myself regularly) who said “I have to leave early, Chef.I need to transcribe a live show for captioning.” She left with few minutes to spare! Impressed I am with so many people’s work! If they only knew.

  13. moxiemom says:

    Thanks for recommending Pat Brown’s book! I downloaded it and read it in one sitting! Really enjoyed it!

  14. Word Girl says:

    Moxiemom–there you are!
    I just finished it the other day, too. It took a long time on a tiny screen, but I ate every word. (I also have ADD, subtract?! no! bikes, yes! so I have to factor that in.)

    Only now I have more questions than answers. That may be the mark of a good mystery? Bring on the sequels, Pat Brown!

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