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Damage control begins almost immediately at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune when a drowned woman's body is found on base, near the Bachelor Officers' Quarters (B.O.Q.). The victim, Ann Buckhalter, was a journalist, and a rumor that she was the source of a politically damaging leak sets up a red flag in Fran Setliff's mind. Alabama-born and proud to be an agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Fran is on the case. As she and her team gather evidence from unreliable sources such as the local newspaper's military reporter and assorted teenagers who talk too freely, Fran wonders what sort of soap opera she's wandered into. Her investigation keeps drifting back to the base's commanding general, who has some skeletons in his closet regarding his treatment of women. Gutsy Fran strays into harm's way more than once, but proves her mettle by staying on task. VERDICT This military police procedural is just right for the many fans of TV's NCIS. Dense as a Scott Turow legal thriller, Simpson's debut is finely attuned to military culture and her details (and low-key humor) will appeal to military thriller readers.

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