One Was a Soldier
Book 7, Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries
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On a warm September evening in the Millers Kill community center, five veterans sit down in rickety chairs to try to make sense of their experiences in Iraq. What they will find is murder, conspiracy, and the unbreakable ties that bind them to one another and their small Adirondack town.
The Rev. Clare Fergusson wants to forget the things she saw as a combat helicopter pilot and concentrate on her relationship with Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne. MP Eric McCrea needs to control the explosive anger threatening his job as a police officer. Will Ellis, high school track star, faces the reality of life as a double amputee. Orthopedist Trip Stillman is denying the extent of his traumatic brain injury. And bookkeeper Tally McNabb wrestles with guilt over the in-country affair that may derail her marriage.
But coming home is harder than it looks. One vet will struggle with drugs and alcohol. One will lose his family and friends. One will die.
Since their first meeting, Russ and Clare's bond has been tried, torn, and forged by adversity. But when he rules the veteran's death a suicide, she violently rejects his verdict, drawing the surviving vets into an unorthodox investigation that threatens jobs, relationships, and her own future with Russ.
As the days cool and the nights grow longer, they will uncover a trail of deceit that runs from their tiny town to the upper ranks of the U.S. Army, and from the waters of the Millers Kill to the unforgiving streets of Baghdad.
One Was a Soldier is "a surefire winner" (Booklist) and "Outstanding" (Library Journal)--Julia Spencer-Fleming at her best.
From Publishers Weekly
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A wonderful continuation with resolution for some key characters, this is my second favorite in the series, as the first will always be my favorite, this was worth the wait!
This whole series is an exceptional in an age of so much fluff: we have an author who makes her characters with all their beauty and tragedy real. The plots are both interesting and well sculpted. Buy this authors books!!! Someone who writes this beautifully deserves to get rich doing so!!
One was a soldier
Books fall on a spectrum with best sellers on one end and literary masterpieces at the other. I'm giving this four stars instead of five only because of the time it takes Julia to bring all the characters into focus. The cast is worthy of a masterpiece, but by any rights it ought to be a best seller.
- Category: Women Sleuths
- Published: Apr 12, 2011
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 336 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 7, Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne Mysteries