Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Book Review Club: Secret Sanction

by Brian Haig,
Warner, 2001

Major Sean Drummond, a JAG lawyer, is enlisted to investigate a possible atrocity committed by American special forces during the Kosovo action. Drummond and two other JAG lawyers fly to Kosovo where they find a cover-up within a cover-up. Ultimately, he has to decide whether the truth outweighs the greater good.

I enjoyed the book. Haig's first person narrative is entertaining, esp. give Drummond's irreverent take on everything military. The plot unfolds gradually, with some surprises, but the pace never flags. It's more legal mystery than fast-paced thriller. I was able to spot the main bad guy pretty easily, but that didn't affect my enjoyment of the book. This is the first novel by Haig, a former military lawyer, and the first in a series.

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