All attorney David Sloane wanted to do after winning a hard-fought $1.6 million wrongful death verdict was to go on a much-needed vacation with his wife and son to Cabo San Lucas. However, before he could even leave the courtroom, Beverly Ford entered his life.
Her request? That he sue the United States Government and the military for the death of her husband, James. He died while serving as a National Guardsman in Iraq leaving his wife with four children to raise by herself.
Beverly contends he was not wearing the proper protection needed to serve on the frontlines of battle. Protection the government already has available, but has not properly distributed to those on the front lines. Through the Freedom of Information Act, she obtained statements from the four survivors who were with James when he died.
When Sloane started following-up on her story, he noticed something strange about the statements. Then he found two of the four survivors had died after they returned home. Although he knew he probably could not win, Sloane decided to take the case. He quickly brought in his long time friend, former CIA agent-turned-PI Charles Jenkins. He then sought counsel from a military lawyer.
When Sloane begins to hit pay dirt, he soon finds his own wife and son are in danger. As he doggedly presses forward in his quest to uncover the truth of what happened on the fatal mission, he finds himself in a race against time.
Wrongful Death was written by New York Times best selling author Robert Dugoni. He brought back crack wrongful-death attorney David Sloane for the most difficult case of his career.
Dugoni has a knack for immediately grabbing the readerís attention and never letting go until the climatic end. He writes with intensity and depth, fleshing out his characters so that even the most minor are believable.
From the first few pages to the strong, emotional finish, Dugoni has full command of the story.
He writes with such realism it is not difficult for the reader to believe what happens on the page could also happen in real life. The thriller will chill the heart of anyone who has ever been touched by war.
It is believed wrongful deaths occur far more often than anyone outside the military knows. Bringing the issue to the surface by writing such a compelling story also brings home the possible behind-the-scene reality of current news stories.
Robert Dugoni has another solid hit to his credit.