In the waning years of World War II, American soldiers stop a Nazi train bearing the stolen loot of art, gold and jewelry. The treasures vanish and the paper trail, some fifty years later, seems to have vanished with it. Now a Presidential Advisory Commission looking into the Holocaust assets announces that three of its generals are among those suspected of the treasure's disappearance. All three generals are deceased, but the implications threaten their grandchildren.
Irish Flaherty has made a career of remaining coolly aloof in his role in the Army CID as a lieutenant colonel. His father and grandfather instilled his patriotic duty and belief in honor. He intends to prove that his grandfather had nothing to do with the theft. Irish begins a quiet investigation, inadvertently escalating the danger to himself and others. When his investigation leads to Amy, he vows to protect her, despite her rebuffs.
Amy Mallory teaches advanced American history at prestigious Memphis college. She's far more concerned with her upcoming tenure hearing than she is with the clipping from the newspaper about her grandfather. She knows he would never have done something unethical. Now someone wants her dead, committing arson to her home and shooting her when she goes to the university to retrieve several boxes of her grandfather's papers. She can't imagine what those boxes could contain that someone would kill for.
Assistant to the deputy Secretary of Sate Dustin Eachan knew the story was coming, and hoped it would be lost or ignored. His fast track career may easily be derailed by the actions of his grandfather. He warns his cousin Sally to hide a painting they know was part of the treasure, and sends her into hiding as danger approaches. Somewhat protected from danger by his governmental position, he know his weakness is Sally, the cousin he can never marry.
Patricia Potter pens an addictive mystery in BROKEN HONOR that is impossible to put it down. Indeed, BROKEN HONOR blends a carefully detailed mystery with a heated romance, making perfect winter reading. As the suspense builds, readers will be left guessing as to identity of the pursuer, but it'll be the end before the bad guy's identified. Further, Potter's meticulous attention to detail ties off all the loose strings and leaves readers immensely satisfied with the conclusion. In addition, the secondary plot involving cousins provides strong friction, with plenty of intrigue and suspicion. With entrancing characterizations, this intriguing novel belongs on the keeper shelf, and comes very highly recommended.