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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Sarah Laurence said...

I appreciate the brevity of your review. You do a fine job of conveying the essential information, although I don’t think this one is for me.

Beth Yarnall said...

Sounds interesting but is probably not for me either. I do like my romance. Would you suggest this to a 14 yr old boy/young man?

Linda McLaughlin said...

Sarah, it's definitely a man's book.

Beth, I'd say it's up to a parent to decide. There's a lot of salty language, which is to be expected in a book about the military.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I don't think I have ever read a crime fiction novel set in the military. Good place to start.

Rose said...

Although I don't usually read books about the military, I do love a good legal thriller. This one sounds intriguing.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Gotta love a cover up within a cover up! Thanks for a great review!

Barrie said...

I actually might give this a whirl. Because....I do like me a legal mystery! Thanks for yet another review!

Jenn Jilks said...

Lawyers in your review, dirty cops in mine!
What a tangled we we weave!
Thanks for visiting my review!
Cheers from frozen Perth, ON>

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