Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Shadow of the Corps - James Dupont

My review of Shadow of the Corps by James Dupont first appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers. I am re-posting it here with their permission.

First line: "The yellow cab rolled to a stop just after 4:00 p.m."

Told in alternating past and present tense, Shadow of the Corps is an exciting debut legal thriller.

Former JAG attorney Dale Riley is down on his luck. Unemployed, living back at home with Mom and Dad while trying to keep his marriage together and raise his infant son, a newspaper article and a correlating obituary catch his attention one winter morning. A fellow JAG officer was shot dead while eating dinner at home with his family. The officer was opposing counsel in the case that ended Riley’s military career. And it isn’t long before the hired hit man comes after Riley.

Meanwhile, Riley’s old friend from the Marines, Eric Scholl is an FBI agent investigating a serial murder case with victims across the country. Their common denominators? The initials “S F” cut into their stomachs and a Bible passage circled in blood covering their faces.

As the two separate cases move toward a head-on collision with no survivors, James Dupont ramps up the suspense with flashbacks to the single fiber connecting them, a military murder trial.

Shadow of the Corps maintains a heart-pounding adrenalin level, propelling the reader through the story while blocking out everything else. The action and intrigue are top-notch. The plot twists are well constructed, and Dupont plays fair with his readers--no pulled-out-of-a-hat solutions magically appearing.

While some mechanical errors common to a debut exist, like repetition that should probably have been edited out, this is still a stellar start to the former Marine’s fiction writing career. Oorah!

Shadow of the Corps is available in hardcover (ISBN: 9781605984629) from Pegasus Crime.


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