By Julia Spencer-Fleming
On a hot September night within the Millers Kill group heart, 5 veterans take a seat in rickety chairs to aim to make experience in their studies in Iraq. What they'll 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 omit the issues she observed as a wrestle helicopter pilot and focus on her dating with leader of Police Russ Van Alstyne. MP Eric McCrea must keep watch over the explosive anger threatening his activity as a police officer. Will Ellis, highschool song celebrity, faces the truth of lifestyles as a double amputee. Orthopedist journey Stillman is denying the level of his worrying mind harm. And bookkeeper Tally McNabb wrestles with guilt over the in-country affair which may derail her marriage. yet coming house is more durable than it seems. One vet will fight with medications and alcohol. One will lose his friends and family. One will die. due to the fact their first assembly, Russ and Clare’s bond has been attempted, torn, and cast via adversity. but if he principles the veteran’s dying 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. because the days cool and the nights develop longer, they are 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.
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That’s not going to happen,” Eric said again. And it wasn’t. Home was stressful. Trying to deal with a wife who’d been running everything her way for a year was stressful. Discovering his son had gone from being a sweet, goofy kid to a moody irritable teen while he was away was stressful. Getting back to chasing down bad guys? That was pure gravy. ” The man with the fistful of helium balloons next to Russ grinned. ” Russ’s focus had been on the hangar-sized doors at the end of the armory. He couldn’t decide if staring at the damn things would make the 142nd Aviation Support Battalion appear sooner or not.
The youngest officer on the MKPD had been shipped off for temporary detached duty almost a year ago, first with the Capital Area Drug Enforcement Association in Albany, then with the Special Investigation Division of the Syracuse PD, which saw more major crimes in two weeks than Millers Kill might see in a year. ” Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne shook his head. “What we really need is another officer on the force. That way, we wouldn’t be overscheduling everybody. I worry that we’re putting Eric back on the streets too soon.
He brought the truck to a standstill and turned off the ignition before stuffing his T-shirt back into his pants. ” In his side mirror, he saw the state trooper get out of his car. Russ placed his hands on the steering wheel in plain sight. Clare had hers over her mouth, trying—not very successfully—to stifle her laughter. The trooper reached Russ’s window and signaled him to roll it down. Russ complied. The trooper glanced into the cab, taking in Russ’s radio and switch light, the lockbox and roses in the back, and Russ’s crumpled uniform blouse, hanging loose over his T-shirt.