By Julia Spencer-Fleming
On a hot September night within the Millers Kill neighborhood heart, 5 veterans take a seat in rickety chairs to attempt to make feel in their reports in Iraq. What they'll locate is homicide, conspiracy, and the unbreakable ties that bind them to each other and their small Adirondack town.
The Rev. Clare Fergusson desires to overlook the issues she observed as a wrestle helicopter pilot and focus on her courting with leader of Police Russ Van Alstyne. MP Eric McCrea must keep an eye on the explosive anger threatening his activity as a police officer. Will Ellis, highschool song big name, faces the truth of existence as a double amputee. Orthopedist journey Stillman is denying the level of his disturbing mind harm. And bookkeeper Tally McNabb wrestles with guilt over the in-country affair which may derail her marriage.
But coming house is tougher than it seems to be. One vet will fight with medicinal drugs and alcohol. One will lose his friends and family. One will die.
Since their first assembly, Russ and Clare's bond has been attempted, torn, and solid through adversity. but if he ideas the veteran's demise a suicide, she violently rejects his verdict, drawing the surviving vets into an unorthodox research that threatens jobs, relationships, and her personal destiny with Russ.
As the times cool and the nights develop longer, they're going to discover a path of deceit that runs from their tiny city to the higher ranks of the U.S. military, and from the waters of the Millers Kill to the unforgiving streets of Baghdad.
One used to be a Soldier is "a surefire winner" (Booklist) and "Outstanding" (Library Journal)--Julia Spencer-Fleming at her best.