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The General’s Daughter

generals daughter 1We are introduced to Army Criminal Investigation Division’s Paul Brenner.  The CID investigates crimes committed by military personnel to both protect the military and prosecute the offenders and sometimes there is some question about which comes first.  In The General’s Daughter author Nelson DeMille thrusts Brenner into the middle of a heinous murder of a soldier (if you consider the title you’ll consider who the victim was) on an Army base.  Brenner already on site conducting an undercover operation is enlisted to work on the case with a former “associate” with whom he has had a past, bad relationship.  Brenner not only not has to maneuver the crime scene, but military politics.  Because of the high profile victim he has a deadline before the FBI intervenes and the Army does not want that.

Up Country

up countryNelson DeMille has become one of my favorite authors.  I only discovered his work a year or so ago, but he has never disappointed.  In Up Country  DeMille pulls from his experience fighting in Vietnam and I have to wonder how much detail revealed by character Paul Brenner was actually DeMille’s.

In the novel Brenner is a retired Army investigator from the Criminal Investigation Division.  He is asked by a former superior to investigate a crime.  The only problem is that the crime was perpetrated in Vietnam…thirty years ago.  So Mr. Brenner begins his journey back to his past on what seems to be a secret mission though he is suspicious that there is more to the investigation that he has been told.