Five Star, Feb 2005, 25.95, 328 pp.
Nurse Corps Captain Elizabeth Pepperhawk has returned to the states after a tour of duty in Viet Nam. Her latest assignment is at Fort Bragg where she will head up a wing at Womack Army Hospital. However, she finds a corpse wearing a World War II uniform inside her room. She calls the MPs who inform the Criminal Investigation Division of a possible homicide. MP Captain Avivah Rosen and CID Captain Delaney arrive with other military police.
The case takes a surprise spin when the victim turns out to be Dermid Hagan, who officially died in Nam two years ago. As Avivah and Elizabeth become friends and neighbors along with a third compatriot Benny Kirkpatrick, each has a personal problem to cope with. Elizabeth begins digging into what happened finding a tenuous link to the hospital.
The tale provides insight into the minds of career officers struggling at a time when the Viet Nam War has begun to look helpless with no exit strategy.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner