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

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Paul Brenner is a member of the Army's elite undercover investigative unit, with the authority to arrest any military person anywhere in the world. He has always wondered just how far he could push his power. He is about to find out. Captain Ann Campbell is the daughter of General "Fighting Joe" Campbell. She is a West Point graduate, beautiful, bright, and the pride of Fort Hadley. Her raped and murdered body is found on the firing range, naked and spread-eagled, her hands and feet bound with tent rope - but ...
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Overview

Paul Brenner is a member of the Army's elite undercover investigative unit, with the authority to arrest any military person anywhere in the world. He has always wondered just how far he could push his power. He is about to find out. Captain Ann Campbell is the daughter of General "Fighting Joe" Campbell. She is a West Point graduate, beautiful, bright, and the pride of Fort Hadley. Her raped and murdered body is found on the firing range, naked and spread-eagled, her hands and feet bound with tent rope - but there is no sign of a struggle. All of Brenner's instincts tell him to avoid the case. Yet Brenner's natural curiosity is aroused. He takes the case. As if that decision weren't reckless enough, he finds himself teamed with rape specialist Cynthia Sunhill, a woman with whom Brenner once had a tempestuous, ultimately doomed affair and with whom the temperamental sparks still flare. Together, they will discover the truth about the brass above them: that beneath the neatly pressed uniforms, the military codes of honor, pride, and order hide a corruption as rank as Ann Campbell's own astonishing secret life. Paul and Cynthia learn that any number of people were sexually, emotionally, and dangerously involved with the Army's "golden girl," and any one of them could have wanted her dead. Far more than a richly plotted murder mystery, Nelson DeMille's The General's Daughter is a resonant and scathing portrayal of military life, demonstrating, unforgettably, how its members are different from - and at the same time, so much like - the rest of us.

From By the Rivers of Babylon to The Gold Coast, DeMille's powerful novels have established him as one of the masters of suspense. Finally in paperback, this thriller--which outsold all DeMille's other hardcovers--tells of the bizarre life and death of a famous general's daughter.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446364805
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Series: Paul Brenner Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 106,061
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Nelson DeMille is the author of fifteen acclaimed novels, including the #1New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, and The Gate Houseand New York Times betsellers Wild Fire, The Gold Coast, and The General's Daughter. For more information on the author, you can go towww.NelsonDeMille.net.

Biography

Nelson DeMille has a dozen bestselling novels to his name and over 30 million books in print worldwide, but his beginnings were not so illustrious. Writing police detective novels in the mid-1970s, DeMille created the pseudonym Jack Cannon: "I used the pen name because I knew I wanted to write better novels under my own name someday," DeMille told fans in a 2000 chat.

Between 1966 and 1969, Nelson DeMille served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. When he came home, he finished his undergraduate studies (in history and political science), then set out to become a novelist. "I wanted to write the great American war novel at the time," DeMille said in an interview with January magazine. "I never really wrote the book, but it got me into the writing process." A friend in the publishing industry suggested he write a series of police detective novels, which he did under a pen name for several years.

Finally DeMille decided to give up his day job as an insurance fraud investigator and commit himself to writing full time -- and under his own name. The result was By the Rivers of Babylon (1978), a thriller about terrorism in the Middle East. It was chosen as a Book of the Month Club main selection and helped launch his career. "It was like being knighted," said DeMille, who now serves as a Book of the Month Club judge. "It was a huge break."

DeMille followed it with a stream of bestsellers, including the post-Vietnam courtroom drama Word of Honor (1985) and the Cold War spy-thriller The Charm School (1988) Critics praised DeMille for his sophisticated plotting, meticulous research and compulsively readable style. For many readers, what made DeMille stand out was his sardonic sense of humor, which would eventually produce the wisecracking ex-NYPD officer John Corey, hero of Plum Island (1997) and The Lion's Game (2000).

In 1990 DeMille published The Gold Coast, a Tom Wolfe-style comic satire that was his attempt to write "a book that would be taken seriously." The attempt succeeded, in terms of the critics' response: "In his way, Mr. DeMille is as keen a social satirist as Edith Wharton," wrote The New York Times book reviewer. But he returned to more familiar thrills-and-chills territory in The General's Daughter, which hit no. 1 on The New York Times' Bestseller list and was made into a movie starring John Travolta. Its hero, army investigator Paul Brenner, returned in Up Country (2002), a book inspired in part by DeMille's journey to his old battlegrounds in Vietnam.

DeMille's position in the literary hierarchy may be ambiguous, but his talent is first-rate; there's no questioning his mastery of his chosen form. As a reviewer for the Denver Post put it, "In the rarefied world of the intelligent thriller, authors just don't get any better than Nelson DeMille."

Good To Know

DeMille composes his books in longhand, using soft-lead pencils on legal pads. He says he does this because he can't type, but adds, "I like the process of pencil and paper as opposed to a machine. I think the writing is better when it's done in handwriting."

In addition to his novels, DeMille has written a play for children based on the classic fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin."

DeMille says on his web site that he reads mostly dead authors -- "so if I like their books, I don't feel tempted or obligated to write to them." He mentions writing to a living author, Tom Wolfe, when The Bonfire of the Vanities came out; but Wolfe never responded. "I wouldn't expect Hemingway or Steinbeck to write back -- they're dead. But Tom Wolfe owes me a letter," DeMille writes.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jack Cannon; Kurt Ladner; Brad Matthews; Michael Weaver; Ellen Kay
    2. Hometown:
      Long Island, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in political science, Hofstra University, 1974
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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    A real page turner

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Very entertaining read!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Good

    Exciting, twists and turns. Main charachters could use a bit more development, but an all around good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Nelson DeMille is a must read author

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Well written, kept me guessing. Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Fantastic as always!

    Love this book and series, looking for another Paul Brenner book, but I have not seen one - ugh!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Great read. Very detailed and descriptive. Easy to get involved in!

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

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    Demille at his very best!

    I have read every Nelson Demille book and this certainly takes the prize as his best. Packed to the rim with suspense, playfulness, and developed characters, The General's Daughter is an addictive crowd pleaser all the way. Good luck trying to put it down!

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  • Posted November 4, 2009

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    Great book!

    I enjoyed this book and glad I read it before I saw the movie. Usually the books are better than the movies because some things get lost in translation. This book was well written and kept me on my toes. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a good mystery/thriller.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2007

    Great Book

    I enjoyed it alot but i think i may have liked it more if i hadnt seen the movie first.. I regret seeing the movie. Any one who has seen the movie should disregard it and read the book instead. It has so much more detail, captivating story line, and u wont regret reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2003

    GREAT

    i liked it great entertanment great narrating gripping all that a good book needs im getting back into reading and this book was a great start the charm school is next

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2001

    great book

    i thought this was a great book. it made you think and wonder who could have done it. it wasn't a slow moving book and is one of my faves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2001

    Intriguing Thriller

    Great book with much attention to detail. This is a book that will keep your interest and add some insight into the male chauvenistic world of the military and it's warped since of honor!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2001

    A wonderful read

    This is an excellent book. If you only read one book this year..read this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2000

    I don't read, but I read this book in a week.

    This was a riviting book. I have read few books, cover to cover, but I read this one and looked for more pages when it was done. I saw the movie after I read the book, and I shouldn't have. The book was fantastic and I, after 2 years, can't get it or the characters out of my head. It made me want to read more books. I recommend this book, even if you have seen the movie, forget what you saw and give the book a chance, you won't be sorry!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2000

    INTENSE

    This book is a fast-paced, page-turner. Lots of twists and turns. The story stays with you long after you have finsished reading it--much better than the film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 1999

    HEY OK

    This book is fantastic I just must read it in the original Lanuage. I'm from Sweden so I've just read the translation and often the translator hav missed something so it will be fun.

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