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On My Nightstand: ‘The General’s Daughter’ is an intriguing mystery

 the general’s daughter by Nelson DeMille

the general’s daughter by Nelson DeMille

In “The General’s Daughter,” a novel by Nelson DeMille (Plum Island, The Lion’s Game), Ann Campbell is found murdered, naked and tied spread-eagle in a prominent area on the Army compound, where her father is the general.

Military police officers Paul Brenner and Cynthia Sunhill (former lovers) are assigned to the case.

As the two start their investigation, they uncover a hornet’s nest of secrets.

When they start looking around in Ann’s home they discover a hidden room with many types of sexual paraphernalia, videos and photos of many prominent Army officers in compromising positions.

Also found was a revealing diary documenting names and intimate details of each person’s preferences.

As Brenner and Sunhill delve into Ann’s relationship with her family, a web of lies, hatred and revenge emerges.

What makes everything so uncanny is that Ann herself is a highly regarded lecturer and professional in the Army.

DeMille’s dry humor pervades this tense thriller and a convoluted plot keeps the reader in constant suspense until the shocking ending when the real murderer is revealed.

There is also the intense and often contentious evolving friendship between Paul and Cynthia, which keeps the plot moving.

If you have the chance, watch the film of the same name, starring John Travolta; it is an excellent adaptation of the book.

Barbara Bonsignore


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