George H. Shames is a man with a mission and an unusual tool for fulfilling it. A retired speech-language pathologist and psychologist from the University of Pittsburgh, he has turned his attention to fiction writing and in doing so uses his latest story to educate the public about the challenges of stuttering while also telling a tale of suspense and love. Set in Pittsburgh, PA, The Company of Truth introduces us to young Hank Miller who struggles to overcome the frustrations and cruelties associated with being a child who stutters. In spite of loving parents and a spirited friend, he copes daily with his inability to communicate with others and the pain of being the target of schoolyard torment. Hank undergoes a transformation during his late teen years when his family stumbles upon a new therapy that helps him to control this socially isolating disability. Unfortunately, he soon stumbles into a nightmare as well, one that brings into question his character, his future and even his life. The author follows Hank through conviction of a heinous crime he insists he didn't commit, numbing years in the federal prison system, and, finally, redemption through the very curse that convicted him in the first place--stuttering. "I tried to make the story work on multiple levels," says the author. "The truth can get you into trouble as well as get you out of trouble, crimes are committed, people fall in and out of love. In the end, though, I hope readers are not only entertained but also walk away with a little bit more understanding of the difficulties associated with stuttering. There's hope, too, because there are successful treatments as my young protagonist finds." The author's years as a nationally renowned speech-language pathologist and psychologist serve the story well, providing an unusual and painfully realistic underpinning to a yarn of murder and mystery.