In the Name of Honor

In the Name of Honor

A Novel

Book - 2010/05/25
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Capt. Paul Terry, one of the army's most accomplished young lawyers, must defend Brian McCarran, a general's son who recently returned from a harrowing tour in Iraq. In the high-profile court-martial, Terry is joined by Brian's sister, Meg McCarran, who leaves her practice in San Francisco to help save her brother. Before the case is over, Terry will become deeply entwined with Meg and the McCarrans--and learn that families, like war, can break the sturdiest of souls.

McMillan Palgrave

Home from Iraq, a lieutenant kills his commanding officer—was it self-defense or premeditated murder? An enthralling novel of suspense about the high cost of war and secrets

The McCarrans and the Gallaghers, two military families, have been close for decades, ever since Anthony McCarran—now one of the army's most distinguished generals—became best friends with Jack Gallagher, a fellow West Pointer who was later killed in Vietnam. Now a new generation of soldiers faces combat, and Lt. Brian McCarran, the general's son, has returned from a harrowing tour in Iraq. Traumatized by wartime experiences he will not reveal, Brian depends on his lifelong friendship with Kate Gallagher, Jack's daughter, who is married to Brian's commanding officer in Iraq, Capt. Joe D'Abruzzo. But since coming home, D'Abruzzo also seems changed by the experiences he and Brian shared—he's become secretive and remote.

Tragedy strikes when Brian shoots and kills D'Abruzzo on their army post in Virginia. Brian pleads self-defense, claiming that D'Abruzzo, a black-belt martial artist, came to his quarters, accused him of interfering with his marriage, and attacked him. Kate supports Brian and says that her husband had become violent and abusive. But Brian and Kate have secrets of their own, and now Capt. Paul Terry, one of the army's most accomplished young lawyers, will defend Brian in a high-profile court-martial. Terry's co-counsel is Meg McCarran, Brian's sister, a brilliant and beautiful attorney who insists on leaving her practice in San Francisco to help save her brother. Before the case is over, Terry will become deeply entwined with Meg and the McCarrans—and learn that families, like war, can break the sturdiest of souls.



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& Taylor

Two prestigious military families are shattered when Brian McCarran, a traumatized Iraq veteran and the son of the current Army chief of staff, shoots and kills his former commanding officer under circumstances he claims were self-defense.
Two prestigious military families are shattered when general's son Brian, a traumatized Iraq veteran, shoots and kills his former commanding officer under circumstances he claims were in self-defense, a case that also calls the victim's wife into question. By the best-selling author of The Spire.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2010/05/25
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805087741
0805087745
Branch Call Number: FICTION PATTERSON
Characteristics: 401 p

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charlie2911
Jun 21, 2012

An excellent accounting of the possible effects and stresses of war on the combatants.
Just home from Iraq, a lieutenant kills his commanding officer—was it self-defence or premeditated murder? A gripping novel of suspense about the high cost of war and secrets .

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louisepm
Dec 14, 2010

Not Patterson's best, but nonetheless a good read.

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rahmmie
Nov 30, 2010

Pretty good book by Patterson. Although the twist in the plot was almost telegraphed (maybe it was just me, I don't know, but I had the thought in my mind at least from the midpoint of the book on), the writing is crisp, entertaining, and the dialogue is not saddled with internal musings that sometimes distract from the action (something I have found in other books of his)

gwsuperfan Sep 12, 2010

This book wasn't bad, but wasn't quite up to the level I've come to expect from Patterson. The "surprise" ending was less of a surprise than it was a predictable evolution of the plot that began to emerge about a quarter of the way through the book.

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