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By Julia Spencer-Fleming

On a hot September night within the Millers Kill neighborhood middle, 5 veterans sit in rickety chairs to attempt to make experience in their stories in Iraq. What they're going to locate is homicide, conspiracy, and the unbreakable ties that bind them to each other and their small Adirondack town.

The Rev. Clare Fergusson desires to disregard the issues she observed as a strive against helicopter pilot and focus on her dating with leader of Police Russ Van Alstyne. MP Eric McCrea must keep an eye on the explosive anger threatening his activity as a police officer. Will Ellis, highschool music famous person, faces the truth of lifestyles as a double amputee. Orthopedist journey Stillman is denying the level of his irritating mind damage. And bookkeeper Tally McNabb wrestles with guilt over the in-country affair which can derail her marriage.

But coming house is more durable than it seems. One vet will fight with medicines and alcohol. One will lose his friends and family. One will die.

Since their first assembly, Russ and Clare's bond has been attempted, torn, and solid by means of adversity. but if he principles the veteran's loss of life a suicide, she violently rejects his verdict, drawing the surviving vets into an unorthodox research that threatens jobs, relationships, and her personal destiny with Russ.
As the times cool and the nights develop longer, they're going to discover a path of deceit that runs from their tiny city to the higher ranks of the U.S. military, and from the waters of the Millers Kill to the unforgiving streets of Baghdad.
One was once a Soldier is "a surefire winner" (Booklist) and "Outstanding" (Library Journal)--Julia Spencer-Fleming at her best.

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