In the Name of Honor: A Thriller

In the Name of Honor: A Thriller

by Richard North Patterson
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In the Name of Honor: A Thriller by Richard North Patterson

Home from Iraq, a lieutenant kills his commanding officer—was it self-defense or premeditated murder? An enthralling novel of suspense about the high cost of war and secrets

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429951043
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/29/2010
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 105,852
File size: 483 KB

About the Author

Richard North Patterson is the author of Exile, Degree of Guilt, Silent Witness, The Spire, Eclipse, Eyes Of A Child, Conviction, and many other bestselling and critically acclaimed thrillers. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor, the assistant attorney general for the state of Ohio, and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. In 1993, he retired from his law practice to devote himself to writing. His first novel, The Lasko Tangent, was the winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best First Novel in 1980. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and is a recipient of their President's Award for Distinguished Alumni. He lives in Martha's Vineyard, San Francisco, and Cabo San Lucas with his wife, Dr. Nancy Clair.


Richard North Patterson is the author of In The Name Of Honor, Eclipse, The Spire, Exile, The Race, Degree Of Guilt, Eyes Of A Child, Silent Witness, and many other bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, he was the SEC liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor, the assistant attorney general for the state of Ohio, and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups. In 1993, he retired from his law practice to devote himself to writing. His first novel, The Lasko Tangent, was the winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel in 1980. He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and is a recipient of their President's Award for Distinguished Alumni. He lives in Martha's Vineyard, San Francisco, and Cabo San Lucas with his wife, Dr. Nancy Clair. "Richard North Patterson is a terrific novelist."-The Washington Post

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In the Name of Honor 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
hippypaul More than 1 year ago
This is a fine legal thriller with many a plot twist. I would recommend it to anyone as a thumping good read. Mr. Patterson keeps the tension at a high level as he slowly takes us deeper and deeper into the events that surround the crime and the secrets of the people involved. The book is set within a military background and involves infantry officers who served in the Iraq conflict. Mr. Patterson comments strongly about the effect of that conflict and the problems of the troops who have returned. I served in the late 60's so I cannot comment on the details of his observations. However, the general feel of a military life and family he captures well. I grew up in a long term military family and his description of the pressures and rewards of that life ring soundly.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Little pulls in and holds a reader more effectively than a stunning opening, which is precisely what Richard North Patterson has done with IN THE NAME OF HONOR. Captain Paul Terry receives an early morning phone call, "There's been a shooting at Fort Bolton - one officer killed another." As if that weren't shocking enough the shooter was Brian McCarran. This was a killing that would "reverberate all the way to the Pentagon, where the family's most revered member, Anthony McCarran, served as chief of staff of the army." Terry, an attorney, is just shy of leaving the service for a plush job with a Wall Street firm, but he has been called to help Brian in what is sure to be not only a headline grabbing case but a heartbreaking one as well. The dead soldier is Joe D'Abruzzo, Brian's commanding officer in Iraq and married to Kate Gallagher who has been almost like a sister to Brian. Both of the men have changed since returning from duty. Brian has been traumatized by his experiences, and Joe has been withdrawn, guarded. It was as if at times he were a stranger. When Brian receives a phone call from Kate revealing that Joe has become violently abusive, he determines that he will protect her. But one night Joe comes to Brian's apartment and their confrontation ends in death. Brian claims that Joe attacked him, although he is unable to remember large parts of the evening. Paul will defend him using PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) as his defense. Meanwhile, Brian's sister, Meg, has arrived from San Francisco. She's a highly intelligent attorney who insists on serving as co-counsel in order to save her brother. Hidden secrets are revealed as the process continues. Readers of Patterson's work know that he's a pro at creating riveting courtroom drama - for this reader IN THE NAME OF HONOR is some of his best work. Obviously, Patterson has researched PTSD assiduously as we find when Paul makes his case. With that plus the war in Iraq readers will find much to ponder as the suspense builds to a highly surprising ending. A well experienced voice performer John Bedford Lloyd offers a clear, concise reading which is not only easy to hear and understand but adds tension to the courtroom scenes. The impact of those sections is so dramatic that the most powerful narration a voice performer can present is almost one of dispassion, allowing the listener to envision the scenes. Lloyd's reading is tense, never tentative, which is a perfect foil for this tale. - Gail Cooke
CBH More than 1 year ago
When I see a book written by Richard North Patterson, I feel it is a MUST read. I have never read one of his books I did not enjoy and "In the Name of Honor" is certainly no exception. This book will take you through a military trial involving mainly the McCarran and the Gallagher families that will also take you into the heart of the Iraqi war, then bring you back to present reality in a hard fought trial that will teach you much about law, both military and civilian. Captain Paul Terry was given the duty to defend the general's son, Lieutenant Brian McCarran, for shooting and killing his wife. Captain Terry, a JAG (Judge Advocate General) attorney, had only a month left before he was to start a very lucrative Wall Street job in civilian life and he was so looking forward to that job away from military life but he felt he could at least get the defense started for another attorney. The McCarran family had been military for generations and they didn't want a blot like this on their history. To top it all off, it was the general's son who had killed his goddaughter's husband. Sound confusing? It is but not the way the author wrote his story. The victim, Captain Joe D'Abruzzo, had been Brian McCarran's company commander in Iraq, a fact that made them work very closely together in times of stress. The disagreements between Brian and his commander in procedures while serving in Iraq became wider and caused a lot of dissension between the two but the commander was the law of the platoon. Joe D'Abruzzo would not even go to his commanding officer even though Brian had requested that many times. These splits in opinion between the two led to some of the problems in Iraq and upon their arrival back home. Then Joe's wife Kate was being threatened by Joe to the point of being frightened with him around, especially with the loaded gun he kept in the apartment. This trouble also caused Kate to turn to Brian to protect her when her husband had threatened her. Did this cause an affair? The trial produced many incidents in Iraq as well as at home where PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) could have been a factor in the murder. Many experts were used as witnesses, as well as fellow platoon members that were still alive and hard to find and were reluctant to testify and bring back too many horrific memories. Brian's sister, Meg, wanted to help defend her brother but that had to be with Terry's approval, which he did okay since she was an attorney though not experienced in military law. Meg and Paul Terry found a spark between them and it wouldn't go away. They sometimes had problems keeping their mind on the trial when they worked on the facts and strategies away from the courtroom. I think I have given you enough to make you want to dig into this very good story. If not, you must not like adventurous military trials with love mixed in. With so many possibilities of who actually did what in this murder, you will be kept guessing until the end. A great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring and predictable cliched story writing.
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Oldemsr More than 1 year ago
Loved the books and the author
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nutforfiction More than 1 year ago
If you're a Richard North Patterson fan, you won't be disappointed!
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