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Fire in the blood : a novel

by O'Brien, Perry Edmond,

Format: Print Book 2020
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"A tremendously compelling debut of rare skill" (Phil Klay) about a traumatized US Army soldier who goes AWOL to unravel the mystery of his wife's death.

The story begins with a relatively mundane mission--someone owes someone else money--that's situated in a grimy walled, deep-shadowed apartment building in New York. A guy and his team end up with a captive in the backseat of their car- as planned. They drive past streetlights and then there is a thump, a body on their windshield, and a woman is left crumpled and bloodied in the snow.

In Afghanistan, meanwhile, US Army soldier Coop is restless, bothered by the new guy and worried that all the inaction means he missed the war. When he's called to the Captain's office urgently, he's sure that someone knows his darkest secret and has reported him, but then his life ends a different way. His wife, Kay Bellante, is dead.

Coop is given a brief leave to fly home and attend to Kay's affairs, but while back in the city, Coop discovers his wife's death was far more suspicious than anyone told him. Isolated and haunted by the echoes of battle, he decides to go AWOL, using his military training to uncover the real story behind Kay's sudden death. When he begins to circle in on the truth, Coop finds himself in a new war with the Albanian mafia, a crooked rehab clinic, and the Bellantes, a powerful and vindictive family of financial elites. And while searching the shadows of the Bronx, Coop must also navigate the small ordinary dramas we fill our lives with as we move from war to home to war. Humming with mystery, grief, heartache, and the kinds of emotions we feel first in our blood, this is a thriller written for a fearful America from an exciting new voice in fiction.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "O'Brien draws on his own military background (he served with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan) in this compelling debut mystery. He presents two main characters whose every move and perception has been shaped by wartime: the hero, Coop, whose role as a "sapper" is to hunt for hidden munitions, and the Albanian-born Kosta, who transfers what he learned about stealth tactics as a youth fighting against the Communists to the vicious drug world of the Bronx. Specialist Coop is serving in Afghanistan when he's sent home for his wife's funeral. Coop suspects that his wife didn't just die in an accident, as claimed, but that she was murdered. O'Brien ably plays on the ticking clock here: Coop needs to get to the bottom of what was going on with his wife and her work at a drug clinic before his leave is up. Harrowing connections are made to financial scammers, the Italian Mafia, and the sadists controlling street sales, along with equally harrowing glances back at Coop's adventures in the Afghan desert."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Set in 2003, O'Brien's impressive debut charts a soldier's dogged search for the truth about his estranged wife's death. Specialist Cooper, who's been assigned to find hidden munitions in Afghanistan, is stunned when word reaches him that his wife, social worker Katherine Bellante, has been killed in the Bronx by a hit-and-run driver. With time running out before her funeral, and military bureaucracy moving slowly, Cooper goes AWOL so he can attend the service. In New York City, Cooper learns that the police are still investigating Katherine's death and that she had been working at a rehab facility in the Bronx. At the facility, he's puzzled by the removal of Katherine's files by one of the doctors in charge. The revelation in the first chapter that Katherine was struck by a car in which an Albanian drug dealer was riding, along with a person he believed cheated him and had just abducted, heightens the suspense as Cooper relies on his professional skills to find out what happened. Fans of Nick Petrie's Peter Ash novels will be pleased. Agent: Nathaniel Jacks, Inkwell Management. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Soldiers -- Fiction.
Murder -- Fiction.
Conspiracies -- Fiction.
Widowers -- Fiction.
Absence without leave -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction.
Action and adventure fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 271 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780812988581
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