The Colonel by Patrick A. Davis

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A former Air Force investigator comes out of retirement to find a killer, only to discover a massive government cover-up.

With just two previous novels to his credit, Patrick A. Davis has become known for edge-of-your-seat military fiction. Of his first novel, The General, the Houston Chronicle proclaimed, "Davis scored a hit." And Publishers Weekly agreed that his "adrenaline-charged" second novel, The Passenger, firmly established him as "a writer with a knack for white-knuckled suspense." In The Colonel, Davis creates a new hero caught in the midst of the case of his life.

Retired Air Force investigator Martin Collins lives a quiet life in rural Virginia, working as the local chief of police and consulting on military homicides. When he's called in to assist on a grisly triple murder, nothing can prepare him for the crime scene: Colonel Margaret Wildman and her two young children, their throats slashed, left to die in pools of their own blood.

At first, there seems to be no motive for the murders. But as Collins digs through an increasingly puzzling maze of clues, he reveals a secret that leads to the highest levels of the government-and the military. Buried files reveal a link between Colonel Wildman and a series of fatal airline crashes; political pressure to keep a secret grows, as does the body count. Collins finds his own life jeopardized as he closes in on the truth, culminating in a shocking confrontation on the floors of Congress.

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Patrick A. Davis is the national and "New York Times" bestselling author of six previous novels: "The Commander, A Slow Walk to Hell, A Long Day for Dying, The Colonel, The General, " and "The Passenger." He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and the Army Command and General Staff College, and a former Air Force major who flew during the Gulf War. He helped plan and direct U-2 surveillance operations for Operation Desert Storm and flew eleven combat sorties. He is a former pilot with a major airline.
Published July 9, 2001 by Putnam Adult. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, War, Business & Economics, Crime. Fiction

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