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In the Name of Honor

by Richard North Patterson

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The McCarrans and the Gallaghers, two military families, have been close for decades, ever since Anthony McCarran—now one of the army's most distinguished generals—became best friends with Jack Gallagher, a fellow West Pointer who was later killed in Vietnam. Now a new generation of soldiers faces combat, and Lt. Brian McCarran, the general's son, has returned from a harrowing tour in Iraq. Traumatized by wartime experiences he will not reveal, Brian depends on his lifelong friendship with Kate Gallagher, Jack's daughter, who is married to Brian's commanding officer in Iraq, Capt. Joe D'Abruzzo. But since coming home, D'Abruzzo also seems changed by the experiences he and Brian shared—he's become secretive and remote.

Tragedy strikes when Brian shoots and kills D'Abruzzo on their army post in Virginia. Brian pleads self-defense, claiming that D'Abruzzo, a black-belt martial artist, came to his quarters, accused him of interfering with his marriage, and attacked him. Kate supports Brian and says that her husband had become violent and abusive. But Brian and Kate have secrets of their own, and now Capt. Paul Terry, one of the army's most accomplished young lawyers, will defend Brian in a high-profile court-martial. Terry's co-counsel is Meg McCarran, Brian's sister, a brilliant and beautiful attorney who insists on leaving her practice in San Francisco to help save her brother. Before the case is over, Terry will become deeply entwined with Meg and the McCarrans—and learn that families, like war, can break the sturdiest of souls.

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"Starred Review. This is superior genre fiction from a writer at the top of his game." - Publishers Weekly

"Readers will find themselves engrossed as well as pleased by a twist revealing that there’s more to this powerful yet seemingly straightforward story than first meets the eye." - Booklist

"Patterson runs a taut ship in the courtroom, and his crafty dissection of the problems of traumatized veterans returning home will have older readers fondly recalling Anatomy of a Murder." - Kirkus Reviews

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Bruce Otto

Loyallty, honor and duty
Complex,powerful,engrossing but important story of battles in the life of veterans.

Donald F. Costello

The Fall of the House of Richard North Patterson
I have read a few of your novels and just finished reading “In praise of Honor” now. I have some, but really very little experience with JAG work. I did serve duty as a JAG Officer at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi many years ago. I was mainly the go to guy who did “Yellow Pad Case Background” for the attorneys there. I also did yeoman’s work on Article 32 cases as both a defense and prosecuting attorney. I too have lot of stories about that time and one involving a good friend that was a Brigadier General, certainly not of the class of your General McCarran that you wrote about. Did you live near or fly out of McCarran airport? Is that how the name popped into your head?
I cannot in my wildest dreams imagine a set of characters who are more confused and muddled than the collection that “In Praise of Honor” presents. Not only were they almost from the “Mansion family” as Terry suggests in your book, but I can’t believe it took to the very end to wonder about Meg’s manipulative ways. “Hey, it’s a Novel” you might say but in my mind it is deeply flawed. It purports to point out the problems that came out of the Iran and Iraq wars. I am just now becoming aware of the false flag that is raised every time a new enemy supposedly rears his head.
To find out that even Terry’s father was a suicide was just over the top. I not only can’t imagine why you made the characters having such terrible backgrounds and mixed up in a plot that had to be contrived by a confused mind. I really have no way of faulting you as the hoi pulloi all rave about this as one of your best. As an old newspaper man, I am well aware what a publicist’s wallet can buy anywhere for any book.
I tried to map West Points mottoes of “duty, honor, country” into the men that made up your characters. The best I can say is that it is good to have high goals, but it is also important not to claim that Generals are top drawer when even many of the plebs know it is not so.
You never seem to recognize how sick and corrupt Meg was. It may not be criminal, but it is certainly contemptible to give Terry a little sex in turn for getting him to stay on the case while getting the Chief of Staff ( her father) to throw his weight around to get that accomplished. You did well to have Terry escape to Mexico for a rest.
Oh yes it is a novel but my variety of ethical novelist (whatever that means) would be above that kind of script writing. You seem to throw sex around as being wrapped as a new form of weaponry. Your sex scenes stink. You slip into describing Meg wink towards the bedroom and then look for a second round of sex to make things better. You would think Terry would have thought more about his case than his balls.
Once again, maybe your publicist advised this way of writing about sex.
I would advise, not that you asked for it, to break off from that Southern California background and look hard at the Midwest. Sex is the same but maybe it is just one part of the Joy of Life. It is hard to give any advice when the moral level of the whole society, coupled to the curse of addiction is bringing down a whole society.
If I thought you would listen, I would prescribe a retreat where you ask for help in trying to learn how to make life worth living.

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Richard North Patterson Author Biography

Richard North Patterson was born on February 22, 1947 in Berkeley, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1968. In 1971 he graduated from Case Western Reserve Law School and went on to serve as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Ohio. He was a partner in several of the country's leading law firms and also served as the liaison for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to the Watergate Special Prosecutor.

He started writing at the age of 29 when he had completed law school. He began his first book, The Lasko Tangent, as part of a creative writing course at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. It won the Edgar Allan Poe Award in the category "Best First Mystery Novel (American)" in 1980.

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