Motherless Brooklyn

Motherless Brooklyn

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Captain Sandy Caine has always been haunted by the mystery of his father's cowardice in Vietnam, and together with reporter Abigail Mancini, he begins investigating circumstances that some people would like to be kept secret

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U.S. Army Special Forces Captain Sandy Caine was born to be a soldier. The latest in an eight generation line of Caine men to serve duty, honor, country at West Point, Sandy's character has been hammered out on an almost flawless anvil of military tradition. But one bad apple did fall from the Caine family tree. When he cracked under fire in Vietnam, Sandy's father, Alex, dishonored the long gray line and sentenced his only child to a lifetime of brooding. Now, pulling tours of duty in one global hot spot after another, it occurs to Sandy that he knows a dozen ways to kill a man for every way he knows of being one.
Little does he know that the truth of what happened to his father in Vietnam's Central Highlands has transformed into a thirty-year legacy of deception perpetrated by Washington's most powerful players. And the only person with the skills to help Sandy untangle the Caine family secrets is Abigail Mancini, an ambitious civilian reporter with the Washington Chronicle. Sandy and Abbie know that combining Special Forces and the Fourth Estate is a recipe for disaster, but living dangerously is its own reward. In times of war, the first casualty is the truth. It's not long before Sandy and Abbie learn that digging it up decade later can get you killed.

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Captain Sandy Caine has always been haunted by the mystery of his father's cowardice in Vietnam, and together with reporter Abigail Mancini, he begins investigating circumstances that some people would like to be kept secret. 85,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385491648
0385491646
9780385491839
0385491832
Branch Call Number: FICTION Let
FICTION Let
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 25 cm

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PickyReader May 08, 2014

Wonderful narration, very off-beat version of noir for folks who don't usually like that genre: flawed detective/hero, mysterious woman, innocent woman, dark criminal masters, semi-criminal/semi-innocent associates of hero, 'realistic' ending. All with a plot and voice that twist it around so you don't realize it's there, beneath the wonderfully jumpy surface of this fabulous tale. A read and a half.

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Dabruwi
Apr 19, 2014

This book is simply fabulous. It chronicles the lives of some good ol' boy gumshoes exploring the world in all it's post-coming-of-age dreariness. Lethem is always a fantastic wordsmith, but his writing is at its best here.

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kellibaker
Aug 14, 2012

This is one of my favorite Lethem books. Very interesting characters and storyline. Well worth the time investment!

lilylibrarian Mar 28, 2012

Four teenaged orphans are recruited by mafioso-wannabe Frank Minna and molded into devoted "Minna Men." When Frank is killed during one of the Men's assignments, the piper must be paid. Did I mention the narrator has Tourette's Syndrome?

jplynch25 Apr 19, 2011

Surprising, interesting peculiarly arresting.

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