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okay military courtroom thriller
on 26 August 2010
High flying Harvard Professor Claire has her life shattered when husband Tom is arrested for crimes committed while in military service. Apparently everything she knew about him was a constructed lie and she now finds herself using her legal expertise defending him in a military court where every card is stacked against her and she no longer feels she knows the man in the dock. A film of the book was released in 2002.
This starts off like a Harlan Coben or Lynwood Barclay - a mystery/family secret and then moves into a courtroom drama, albeit a military courtroom drama.
This has some minor flaws in terms of logic, dialogue and some weak characterisation, but these are as I say minor. This starts off with a real bust of pace and energy and then settles down to a fairly standard courtroom drama where our maverick lawyers battle against the book machine of the military (think A Few Good Men) and the Government. It's not bad and an easy way to while away a couple of hours, but it could have been much better if the author had perhaps explored more deeply some things he touches on (getting a guilty man off on a point of law, rights within a legal system and so on). An untaxing and easy read.