At first, Paul Brenner, himself a Vietnam vet, isn't interested in investigating the case. After his forced retirement from the army's Criminal Investigation Division, he has adapted to the life of a civilian with a comfortable pension. Then his old boss, Karl Hellmann, summons him to the Vietnam Memorial to call in a career's worth of favors. Hellmann tells Brenner of the circumstances surrounding the officer's death, and gives him this much to go on: The incident happened over three decades ago in Vietnam; the only evidence is a recently discovered letter written by an enemy soldier describing an act of shocking violence. The name of the North Vietnamese soldier is known, but not his present whereabouts, or even if he is alive or dead.
Brenner's assignment: Return to Vietnam and find the witness. The addendum: The mission is very important to the U.S. Army. Brenner's the ideal man for the job. And it's in his best interest that he doesn't know what this case is really about.
Reluctantly, Brenner begins a strange journey that unearths his own painful memories of Vietnam and leads him down a trail as dangerous as the ones he walked a lifetime ago as a young infantryman. From sultry, sinful Saigon, where he meets beautiful American expatriate Susan Weber, to the remote, forbidding wilderness of up-country Vietnam, he will follow a trail of lies, betrayal, and murder-and uncover an explosive, long-buried secret.
Filled with intrigue and espionage, romance and seduction, action and adventure-as well as the author's patented, subversive wit-UP COUNTRY is, above all, about what happens when men fight in wars and how it changes them forever....Continua
Nelson DeMille is one of my favorite authors. This book is one of his best. Let's be blunt! Even if it's a matter of taste, De Mille is like a cuban cigar. You might not like it but it still is the best cigar in the world. Back to Up Country. This detective, a Vietnam vet, goes back there many years later to investigate some murder. It's not only a thriller but also a nice trip down nostalgia alley.<br />Enjoy!...Continua