One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming

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On a warm September evening in the Millers Kill community center, five veterans sit down in rickety chairs to try to make sense of their experiences in Iraq. What they will find is murder, conspiracy, and the unbreakable ties that bind them to one another and their small Adirondack town.

The Rev. Clare Fergusson wants to forget the things she saw as a combat helicopter pilot and concentrate on her relationship with Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne. MP Eric McCrea needs to control the explosive anger threatening his job as a police officer. Will Ellis, high school track star, faces the reality of life as a double amputee. Orthopedist Trip Stillman is denying the extent of his traumatic brain injury. And bookkeeper Tally McNabb wrestles with guilt over the in-country affair that may derail her marriage.

But coming home is harder than it looks. One vet will struggle with drugs and alcohol. One will lose his family and friends. One will die.

Since their first meeting, Russ and Clare's bond has been tried, torn, and forged by adversity. But when he rules the veteran's death a suicide, she violently rejects his verdict, drawing the surviving vets into an unorthodox investigation that threatens jobs, relationships, and her own future with Russ.

As the days cool and the nights grow longer, they will uncover a trail of deceit that runs from their tiny town to the upper ranks of the U.S. Army, and from the waters of the Millers Kill to the unforgiving streets of Baghdad.
One Was a Soldier is "a surefire winner" (Booklist) and "Outstanding" (Library Journal)--Julia Spencer-Fleming at her best.

 

About Julia Spencer-Fleming

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JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING is an Agatha, Anthony, Barry, Dilys, Gumshoe and Macavity Award winner. Her books have been shortlisted for the Edgar, and Romantic Times RC awards. Julia lives in southern Maine with her husband and three children.
 
Published April 12, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 337 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Romance, War. Fiction

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The good news is that Rev. Clare Fergusson has come home from her Mideastern deployment as Maj. Fergusson to a marriage proposal from Millers Kill Police Chief Russ Van Alstyne. But that's about the extent of the good news.

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Publishers Weekly

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Adjusting to civilian life after a tour in Iraq proves difficult for Rev. Clare Fergusson in Spencer-Fleming's resonant and timely seventh mystery featuring Clare and her not-so-secret lover, police c

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New York Journal of Books

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Clare’s faith doesn’t blind her to the pain of the world and Russ’s lack of faith doesn’t guarantee enlightenment.

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Dear Author

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In Book 4, they’re engaged, in Book 5 they get married, and by Book 6–well, you’re not reading Book 6, because the relationship was never all that compelling.

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New York Journal of Books

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Clare’s faith doesn’t blind her to the pain of the world and Russ’s lack of faith doesn’t guarantee enlightenment.

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Book Reporter

At the end of A FOUNTAIN FILLED WITH BLOOD, Julia Spencer-Fleming's previous installment in her award-winning mystery series starring police chief Russ Van Alstyne and Episcopal priest Clare Fergusson, Clare was called up to service in Iraq, interrupting the couple's burgeoning physical relations...

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AUTHOR APPEARANCE: Julia Spencer-Fleming will sign and discuss One Was a Soldier, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 4) at Murder By The Book, 2342 Bissonnet;

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Portland Book Review

Julia Spencer-Fleming is a considerable story crafter, but her story spins away from the delicate ebb and flow between the characters’ lives back at home and the effects of their duties in the war zone.

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Bookmarks Magazine

But when he rules the veteran's death a suicide, she violently rejects his verdict, drawing the surviving vets into an unorthodox investigation that threatens jobs, relationships, and her own future with Russ.

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Night Owl Paranormal

While Clare, Russ and the rest think they know who did what, Russ can't arrest anyone until they have proof.

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Jackson District Library

In Julia Spencer-Fleming's latest book (#7) of the Clare Fergusson series, One was a soldier, reality takes over.

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Knox News

Clare finds some solace in a support group for other returning soldiers, although anonymity isn't possible since all the members are from the same small town and have known each other for years.

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