- Publisher: Sphere
- Format: Paperback | 864 pages
- Dimensions: 108mm x 176mm x 50mm | 440g
- Publication date: 2 September 2002
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0751528242
- ISBN 13: 9780751528244
- Sales rank: 456,583
Having taken to the lifestyle of a middle-aged civilian, the last thing Paul Brenner wanted to do was return to work for the Army's Criminal Investigation Division, the agency that thanked him for years of life-risking service by forcing him into early retirement. But when an old friend calls in a career's worth of favours, Paul finds himself moonlighting for the Army as he investigates a puzzling murder that took place thirty years before in the midst of the Vietnam war. Forced to return to the country that haunts him and work for the people who cast him aside, Paul must engage in the battle of his life as he attempts to find justice in a world of staggering corruption.
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Nelson DeMille is one of America's most popular and bestselling authors, and a new book from him is a keenly awaited event. A former US Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam, he is the author of nine acclaimed novels. He lives in Long Island, New York.
Army Criminal Investigator Paul Brenner was forced into early retirement but now he has been recalled to investigate a murder that took place 30 years before in Vietnam. And he returns to Vietnam and engage in a dangerous battle as he attempts to find justice in a world of staggering corruption.
Nelson DeMille has carved out a considerable reputation as one of America's most popular authors, and each new title from him is something of an event. In this one, Paul Brenner receives an email from Colonel Karl Hellman setting up a meeting. Brenner is apprehensive: Hellman was his commanding officer in the army's Criminal Investigation Division but Brenner's investigation of the murder of Captain Ann Campbell obliged him to take early retirement. Brenner meets Hellman at the Wall, Washington's monument to the Vietnam dead, which is inscribed with the names of all the GIs killed in action during the war - except one, a young lieutenant not killed in battle but shot by his own captain in Quang Tri, the province in which Brenner also served. Now Brenner finds himself obliged to go back to Vietnam to track down the only witness to the crime, an ex-Vietnamese soldier called Tran Van Vinh. Few people can bring off the epic thriller with quite the panache of DeMille, and like The Lion's Game, this one juggles several narrative strands in a continent-spanning adventure that is distinguished by the intelligence of its writing. All of the customary bestselling elements are on display here: there's violence, sex and tension, and the author's well-known skill at characterization makes Brenner a solid protagonist. But what makes the book a truly enjoyable experience is DeMille's unerring grasp of pace: he knows exactly how to ratchet up the tension and then release the reader to impart some crucial information before getting our pulses racing again. At over 650 pages, the reader might occasionally feel that there's a shorter book in here struggling to get out, but anyone caught up in the sweep of this epic won't put it down in a hurry. (Kirkus UK)