Putnam, June 2002, 24.95, 336 pp.
The lieutenant colonel is career military with the common officer goal of wanting to join the elite general officer club. Lieutenant Colonel Meredith Cleon, the new provost marshal of Fort Hazleton, Indiana, doesn't think her new back water post will do anything to advance her career but she couldn't say no to the Star who requested she take the assignment.
From the moment she gets on the base, she knows she's not going to like her stay at Fort Hazelton. Her immediate superior is a man she had trouble with in the past and her aide has a problem with a woman as a boss. The day gets worse when a general's aide is found tied to a target on the range, her body riddled with bullet holes. Then the PM discovers a cache of weapons headed for Fort Knox was stolen. To add to Meredith's woe's an Afro-American and a Jew are the victims of hate crimes. Meredith wants to see if there is a common denominator to these three crimes preferably before her career goes down the tubes.
A PRIVATE WAR takes no prisoners. Everyone is either a suspect or a target and the protagonist must make sure she knows friends from foes. Patrick Sheane Duncan creates a fascinating story line, which enables readers to see what happens during a military police investigation. This is an excellent story created by an expert writer.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner