Guardmount

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Ex-Staff Sergeant Bojack isn't sure what he wants to do with the rest of his life, but he's pretty sure that this isn't it. Surrounded by cornfields and bored commanders and neurotic supervisors at an Indiana Air Force Base, Bojack is content to mind his own business. Set in the post Vietnam Air Force of shag rugs and gas wars, an American Airman is forced to reaffirm his principles.

In the 1970's the Strategic Air Command wasn't about to admit why they had buried a wrecked B-58...

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Overview

Ex-Staff Sergeant Bojack isn't sure what he wants to do with the rest of his life, but he's pretty sure that this isn't it. Surrounded by cornfields and bored commanders and neurotic supervisors at an Indiana Air Force Base, Bojack is content to mind his own business. Set in the post Vietnam Air Force of shag rugs and gas wars, an American Airman is forced to reaffirm his principles.

In the 1970's the Strategic Air Command wasn't about to admit why they had buried a wrecked B-58 supersonic bomber in a bean field, but the discovery unleashes a string of violent incidents in and around Grissom Air Force Base. Trying to find out who did who, a female military police investigator, a state police detective, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and a pair of federal agents with an uncertain pedigree stumble across one another to solve a decade old murder. Not having killed anybody in a while, Bojack couldn't have cared less and was resigned to ride out his second and last hitch in the Air Force until a friend is murdered and the Security Police consider him a likely suspect. With the help of a cunning ex stripper, the ex staff sergeant launches an ambitious con which he hopes will flush out the real killers.

Guardmount is a tale of military women struggling with their new ERA enhanced role, a military that had been largely abandoned by the Country they fought to defend, and the values young men learn in uniform; all during a decade of tremendous upheaval, uncertainty and change. While Dick Nixon had been reigned in, Patty Hearst was still on the loose and war veterans returned home to a County they didn't recognize.

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Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-22
In this sly debut thriller, the Indiana State Police and Air Force security personnel investigate the mystery of a corpse found in an old B-58 bomber. In 1968, Indiana's Grissom Air Force Base witnessed the unimaginable. As a B-58 bomber came in for a landing, it crashed to a smoking halt. The Air Force buried the mangled jet in a surrounding field and forgot about it. A few years later, Strategic Air Command surveyors discover the jet, dig it up and donate it to the Air Force museum. A curator finds a corpse, and Indiana State Police Detective Sgt. Gary Rawlings is called in to help; he teams with the motivated Staff Sgt. Beth Bush to solve the crime. The situation becomes dangerously complicated when Air Force Security Policeman Michael Bojack tangles with nighttime trespassers at the base. They kill a fellow officer and drive away but not without leaving behind a package of heroin—and a wallet. Bojack, decorated for bravery in Vietnam, pockets the wallet and begins his own search for the criminals. Rawlings, meanwhile, is frustrated when a Grissom wing commander tows the wrecked bomber onto the base, severely curtailing his investigation. Can the combined efforts of Bush, Rawlings and Bojack penetrate the conspiratorial thicket that connects global drug trafficking with a senator? Debut author Kelley unfurls his detailed mystery in a cool, dry voice; expertly described Air Force settings and protocol bring readers deep into the narrative. A uniform inspection, for example, reveals "[s]harp creases in well fitting dark blue trousers, polished leather gear uniformly carrying ammunition pouches…and the holstered Smith and Wesson .38 caliber Combat Masterpiece." Kelley also has a flair for period details and humorous mid-1970s references: "Gary realized disco would be dead before he could jump through all the hoops." But his tendencies toward detail and humor occasionally beleaguer what could be a leaner, meaner (and less sex-crazed) story, as when Bush is swimming and readers are told of her "tight, perfect bottom." Still, this sprawling thriller concludes wonderfully. Written with exactitude and a wink.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481109161
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/27/2013
  • Pages: 356
  • Sales rank: 1,025,834
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Kelley, a graduate of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, grew up in the shadow of Strategic Air Command bombers. He served with the U.S. Air Force Security Police, Miami County Sheriff's Department and the Kokomo police.
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