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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (73 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Holland Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781400172375
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As the director of the Department of the Army’s Central Identification Laboratory, Robert Dean “Kel” McKelvey has made a career solving some of the country’s most complex identification cases. The CIL is responsible for identifying all U.S. war dead from battlefields old and new around the world. The caseload is endless, the endgame invaluable. Kel’s work—the examination of a bone or bone fragment—may bring blessed closure to thousands of military families and loved ones left behind. But after fifteen years at the CIL, Kel is fast approaching emotional meltdown. And that’s when he encounters his thorniest case yet: the recovery of Jimmie Carl Trimble, a soldier from Arkansas who died a hero’s death during the Vietnam War. When a rare DNA sequence turns up at both the Army and FBI labs, it points to the unthinkable: a link between Trimble and a forty-year-old unsolved racial killing in the Arkansas delta. Partnered uneasily with the volatile FBI Special Agent Michael Levine, Kel must peel back decades of silence to reveal a complex web of stolen identity, betrayal, patriotism, collusion, and lies.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The telling of this story might prove daunting for some, but not for Patrick Lawlor…Lawlor’s got his Southern accents and mature voices down pat.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellysutterfield | 12/3/2013

    " Written by a friend of ours, I really enjoyed this as a first novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 6/16/2013

    " Great read - recommend it to all mystery lovers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 3/23/2011

    " Has some definite first-novel issues -- expository lumps, abrupt POV changes within paragraphs -- but good story line and characters, nice Southern flavor (speaking as a Southerner) and interesting plot. Look forward to the next one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pat | 9/17/2010

    " Predictable and simplistic. Just didn't like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin | 8/29/2010

    " very enjoyable view into how the CIL works - against the backdrop of a colorful - if not completely baffling - murder mystery. Some of the characters are a little weakly drawn, and the ending is a bit abrupt - as if mr. holland ran out of paper - but all in all a good first shot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacy | 11/25/2009

    " My second cousin wrote this one. Go Tom! Names of my family are tucked all around. I think there's even a Lacy in there, although that's more a nod to my dad and grandfather than to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 7/28/2009

    " Good mystery. It gets a bit technical but if you push through, a very good story. I look forward to book #2. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melisa | 2/14/2009

    " There wasn't a single likable character in this book. The plot wasn't bad, but I didn't enjoy spending time with these people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/16/2008

    " Interesting and funny. A mystery murder with a lovable main character. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Holland

Thomas Holland has led successful forensic investigations from North Korea to Cuyahoga County, Ohio. He is presently scientific director of the Department of Defense’s Central Identification Laboratory, the largest skeletal identification laboratory in the world. His team is frequently featured on Nova, 20/20, and 60 Minutes.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.