"superb political thriller"
Normally, Martin Collins works diligently at his job as
chief of police for Warrantown, Virginia. However, every
once in a while he serves as a consultant for the Office of
Special Investigations (OSI), the policing branch of the
air force. Colonel Charles Hinkle, Chief of OSI, accedes
to the demands of powerful Senator Garber, who commands
that the military asks Martin to lead the investigation
into the death of his son, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs
of Staff General Michael Garber.
General Garber was a mean drunk who made a lot of enemies,
especial among the Joint Chiefs who felt that he earned his
stars and promotions because of his father's influence.
The general was found dead in his compartment on the plane
and it was made to look like an accident but Martin and his
team soon discover it was murder. Everyone from the Joint
Chiefs to the Secretary of Defense tries to muddy the
waters so that Martin won't stumble upon a shocking truth,
one that could topple the existing administration.
This political thriller is so fascinating and absorbing
that readers will finish it in one sitting. The
protagonist and the support cast are very likable because
they see justice in terms of gray so nobody gets hurt who
doesn't deserve it. A LONG DAY FOR DYING is hopefully the
first installment in a new series because readers will want
to see how these characters fare. Patrick A. Davis
compresses all of the action into an eighteen hour period
reminiscent of Twenty-four leaving the audience no time to
catch their breath.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 21, 2003