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Shadow of the Corps 1st Editionby James Dupont
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One stormy afternoon, Dale Riley finds himself donning his Sunday best and standing graveside for a man he barely knew. Two years ago, fresh out of Officer Candidate School,Riley was appointed as the defense counsel for Captain Mike Ruffers, a pilot accused of bombing a village in northeastern Afghanistan that killed dozens of civilians and five U.S. Marines. The newly deceased Alex Snead was the prosecutor on behalf of the U.S. Government. Captain Ruffers’ guilt seemed obvious. Everything about this man set shivers down Riley’s spine, but it was his duty—as a lawyer and as a Marine—to present the evidence and make his case to thebest of his abilities. Snead’s untimely, and suspicious, death puts Riley directly in the path of an old enemy and a roaming serial killer as his past and present collide.In the tradition of A Few Good Men, nothing in James DuPont’s taut debut novel is as it seems, as the line between guilty and innocent, friend and foe, becomes increasingly blurred.
"This uneven debut thriller opens with Sean Fitzsimmons, a cartoonish thug, picking up a gun and cash from a safety deposit box, then cuts to the military funeral of Alex Snead, a Marine Corps lawyer (JAG) who was shot at his home in Raleigh, N.C. In a court-martial held in 2010, Snead prosecuted Capt. Michael Ruffers for the 2009 bombing of an Afghan village that killed 78 Afghans and five Marines, while Dale Riley, another JAG lawyer, successfully defended Ruffers. Promptly drummed out of the Corps, the unemployed Riley is now living with his wife and baby son in his parents' home in Charlotte. The court-martial serves as mere background for the attempts of the hapless Fitzsimmons to kill those involved with the case, including Riley and Eric Scholl, Riley's co-counsel who's now an FBI agent. Dupont clearly knows his way around the Marines and a courtroom, but the narrative is overly complex. Agent: Liza Fleissig, Liza Royce Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In this heart-pounding debut thriller, a young jag still in awe of the Marine Corps’ hallowed code of honor must confront an enemy within the ranks.
Dale Riley, fresh out of law school, joined the Marine Corps to be a hero. As a JAG attorney, he was out to save the world. But when he takes on the wrong client—a combat pilot accused of unlawfully bombing a village in northeastern Afghanistan, killing seventy-eight Afghan noncombatants and five United States Marines—his world quickly comes undone. It’s not enough for Dale to save his career. Now, he’s fighting to save his life, and the lives of his wife and son.
In the tradition of A Few Good Men, nothing in James M. DuPont’s taut debut novel is at it seems, and the line between guilt and innocence is as delicate and unpredictable as the line between life and death itself.
About the Author
James M. DuPont is a former Marine Corps aviator and legal officer with twelve years of active duty service, and over 100 combat sorties in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is currently an airline pilot and a major in the Marine Corps reserves. He lives with his family in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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