The General's Daughter (Paul Brenner Series #1)

The General's Daughter (Paul Brenner Series #1)

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by Nelson DeMille
     
 

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Here is an intriguing and sophisticated murder mystery of an upstanding military officer - the base commander's daughter - who's been leading an unsavory double life.

When a professional military woman with a pristine reputation is found raped and murdered, a preliminary search turns up certain paraphernalia, and sex toys that point to a scandal of major

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Here is an intriguing and sophisticated murder mystery of an upstanding military officer - the base commander's daughter - who's been leading an unsavory double life.

When a professional military woman with a pristine reputation is found raped and murdered, a preliminary search turns up certain paraphernalia, and sex toys that point to a scandal of major proportions, The chief investigator is reluctant to take the case when he learns that his partner will be a woman with whom he had a tempestuous affair and an unpleasant parting. But duty calls and intrigue begins when they learn that several top-level people may have been involved with the "golden girl" - and many have wanted her dead.

It's Nelson DeMille at his best - exciting, suspenseful and highly provocative.

Editorial Reviews

Newgate Callendar
The General's Daughter is bigger, more ambitious and rather pretentious....Mr. DeMille writes well enough, there is some snappy dialogue, the police work is painstakingly thorough, but none of the characters really come to life. -- New York Times
John Mort
A longish but fast-paced military novel set on a backwater post in Georgia. Paul Brenner, a warrant officer in the army's criminal investigation unit, reluctantly teams with an old flame, Cynthia Sunhill, to investigate the murder of Captain Ann Campbell. Ann's body has been staked down with tent pegs on a rifle range; she's naked but she hasn't been brutalized. She's the daughter of a famous general, just back from the Gulf War, and she's also the Army's poster girl, a graduate with honors from West Point. And yet her chosen specialty, psychological operations, has raised some eyebrows, and Brenner and Sunhill soon discover other dark secrets about her. DeMille maneuvers a host of near- cliches here: the good cop and the bad cop, the tired veteran, the virgin who is really a slut, the tough modern women who turns out to be tender and loving. But he also writes with far more depth than in his glitzy (and bestselling) The Gold Coast. A genuine note lifts the story out of the realm of crisp police procedural into a wistful commentary on the Old Army and the new, the end of the Cold War, Vietnam, racial and sexual tensions in the military and, finally, growing old. Highly recommended
Kirkus Reviews
Immensely skilled and likable page-turner by bestseller DeMille, who returns to the military surroundings of Word of Honor (1985) and whose mastery of background, as with the Long Island rich of The Gold Coast (1990), equals his hand at characterization. One moonlit night at Port Hadley, Georgia, Captain Ann Campbell, the tomboy military brat of base commander General Joseph "Fighting Joe" Campbell, a hero of the Gulf war, is found strangled to death on the firing range—and not just strangled but spread-eagled and tied to tent stakes, naked, and possibly raped. On hand and working on another case is Warrant Officer Paul Brenner, an undercover agent of the Army's Criminal Investigation Division, who is handed the murder. Brenner is seconded in the case by a rape-investigator for CID, Cynthia Sunhill, a married woman with whom he had a failed affair the year before in Brussels. The reader accepts this unlikely event, for the sport of it, and then becomes hooked securely as Paul and Cynthia trade wry quips throughout without once slipping into false bonhomie. As it turns out, Ann Campbell, attached to Psychological Operations at Hadley, was a supremely promiscuous woman out to undermine her father. The murder suspects include about 30 officers whom she brought down to the secret sex-room in her otherwise model house. Ann's motives stemmed from a shocking crime that happened ten years earlier, when she was a West Point cadet—an event that gave her a Nietzschean fixation on the abyss into which Paul and Cynthia must follow her: "There is a sort of spirit world that coexists with the world of empirical observation, and you have to get in touch with that worldthrough the detective's equivalent of the s‚ance." What follows is a deductive novel of unwavering excellence. A knockout. DeMille's done it again. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for January)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446364805
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
11/28/1993
Series:
Paul Brenner Series, #1
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
133,993
Product dimensions:
4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Nelson DeMille is a former U.S. Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam and is the author of nineteen acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion, The Panther and Radiant Angel. His other New York Times bestsellers include The Charm School, Word of Honor, The Gold Coast, Spencerville, The Lion's Game, Up Country, Wild Fire, and The General's Daughter, the last of which was a major motion picture. For more information, you can visit NelsonDeMille.net.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Long Island, New York
Date of Birth:
August 22, 1943
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
B.A. in political science, Hofstra University, 1974
Website:
http://www.nelsondemille.net/

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The General's Daughter (Paul Brenner Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
foxtrotoscar More than 1 year ago
I have read a dozen of DeMille's novels, and I must say this was the best of the lot. The action is almost non-stop, and the plot takes so many intriguing and unexpected turns that it is hard to put the book down. Being retired military, my only comment was that the flippancy of the CID investigator in dealing with senior officers, was a little hard to swallow. I'm looking forward to ordering another DeMille novel in the near future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Nelson DeMille novels and also of the main character in this book, John Corey. Very easy and entertaining read...it keep you guessing for quite some time and John Corey is simply hilarious! Definitely recommend this book and the other one with John Corey, Up Country...it's also a great way for a non-military person to get a glimpse into some parts of what it's like to be part of this group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting, twists and turns. Main charachters could use a bit more development, but an all around good read.
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... as always.
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Only recently had I begun to read Nelson DeMille's books. (Where the heck have I been???) Now, I'm addicted. I'm trying to read them all. I loved the General's Daughter, part one of the Paul Brenner series. I loved Up Country, the sequel, just as much if not more. (I had read UpCountry first which compelled me to purchase the General's Daughter and many more.) No matter which of Mr. DeMille's books I read, I am intriqued. His attention to detail is amazing without being overburdening. I learn something about the wide world or my own little galaxy. I remember things from years ago but now they are in a perspective that I didn't have before, and I laugh a lot. Mr. DeMille's timing and delivery is great. Mr. DeMille is truly an incredible author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, kept me guessing. Great read!
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Reino More than 1 year ago
Great read. Very detailed and descriptive. Easy to get involved in!
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