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
But coming home is harder than it looks. One vet will struggle
with drugs and alcohol. One will lose his family and friends. One
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
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