#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Much more than a blood-and-guts thriller...An insightful, moving, and sensitive look at what the war did to a country, its people, and its enemies." - Orlando Sentinel Former army homicide investigator Paul Brenner has just gotten used to the early retirement forced on him after the disastrous end of his last case when his old commanding officer asks him to return for one final mission: investigate a murder that took place in wartime Vietnam thirty years before. Brenner reluctantly accepts out of curiosity and loyalty...and maybe a touch of boredom. He won't be bored for long. Back in Vietnam, Brenner meets expatriate Susan Weber, a woman as exotic, sensual, and dangerous as the nation of her voluntary exile. Brenner is plunged into a world of corruption, lethal double cross, and haunted memories-as he's suddenly thrust back into a war that neither he nor his country ever really stopped fighting.
Born in New York City, author Nelson Richard DeMille moved with his parents out to Long Island, where his journey to becoming an accomplished author all began. He graduated from Elmont Memorial High School, and attended three years at Hofstra University. In 1966-69 he was a commissioned officer........Lieutenant in the United States Army. He was an infantry platoon leader in Vietnam, being decorated with the Air Medal, Bronze Star, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
After his tour in Vietnam, he returned to Hofstra University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and History. His first major novel, By the Rivers of Babylon, was published in 1978, and is still in print today. After that first novel, he has had numerous others. A few of them are Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word of Honor, and many others. DeMille has received several literary awards, with being selected as Thriller Master of the Year in 2015. He holds three Honorary Doctorates from Hofstra University, Long Island University, and Dowling College.
DeMille has three children, and he and his wife reside in Garden City, New York.