on December 26, 2001
In the waning years of World War II, American soldiers stop a Nazi train bearing the stolen loot of art, gold and jewelry. The treasures vanish and the paper trail, some fifty years later, seems to have vanished with it. Now a Presidential Advisory Commission looking into the Holocaust assets announces that three of its generals are among those suspected of the treasure's disappearance. All three generals are deceased, but the implications threaten their grandchildren.
Irish Flaherty has made a career of remaining coolly aloof in his role in the Army CID as a lieutenant colonel. His father and grandfather instilled his patriotic duty and belief in honor. He intends to prove that his grandfather had nothing to do with the theft. Irish begins a quiet investigation, inadvertently escalating the danger to himself and others. When his investigation leads to Amy, he vows to protect her, despite her rebuffs.
Amy Mallory teaches advanced American history at prestigious Memphis college. She's far more concerned with her upcoming tenure hearing than she is with the clipping from the newspaper about her grandfather. She knows he would never have done something unethical. Now someone wants her dead, committing arson to her home and shooting her when she goes to the university to retrieve several boxes of her grandfather's papers. She can't imagine what those boxes could contain that someone would kill for.
Assistant to the deputy Secretary of Sate Dustin Eachan knew the story was coming, and hoped it would be lost or ignored. His fast track career may easily be derailed by the actions of his grandfather. He warns his cousin Sally to hide a painting they know was part of the treasure, and sends her into hiding as danger approaches. Somewhat protected from danger by his governmental position, he know his weakness is Sally, the cousin he can never marry.
Patricia Potter pens an addictive mystery in BROKEN HONOR that is impossible to put it down. Indeed, BROKEN HONOR blends a carefully detailed mystery with a heated romance, making perfect winter reading. As the suspense builds, readers will be left guessing as to identity of the pursuer, but it'll be the end before the bad guy's identified. Further, Potter's meticulous attention to detail ties off all the loose strings and leaves readers immensely satisfied with the conclusion. In addition, the secondary plot involving cousins provides strong friction, with plenty of intrigue and suspicion. With entrancing characterizations, this intriguing novel belongs on the keeper shelf, and comes very highly recommended.
on December 26, 2001
In 1945 Austria, American soldiers stop a Nazi train loaded with stolen art, gold and jewelry. General Sam Flaherty has his men catalogue the booty while expecting General Mallory to find a storage area for the valuable loot.
In 2000 Colorado, Lieutenant Colonel Irish Flaherty is stunned by the newspaper account that a Presidential Advisory Commission looking into missing Holocaust treasures names his grandfather as a potential thief. Irish cannot believe his mentor who taught him about honor, duty, and country would do such a deed. Irish decides to prove the innocence of his grandfather and begins making inquiries that take him to Professor Amy Mallory. She also believes her grandfather would never dishonor his uniform.
The third grandchild of the posthumously accused generals, Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State Dustin Eachan knows that his hopes for the top job ended with this story. He informs his cousin to hide a painting that is on the inventory list though he believes that his grandfather is innocent of any real looting.
All three descendants are impacted by the crimes of five decades ago, but o make matters worse, someone wants the trio and anyone close to them dead.
Though romantic intrigue readers will relish Patricia Potter's latest novel, BROKEN HONOR, mystery fans will cherish the tale just as much. The characters are realistic, especially their varying reactions to the media release of the theft. Readers will struggle to ascertain whom the villain is while rooting for the trio to save the reputations of their ancestors. Ms. Potter has written a great story that will gain her a wealth of new fans.