Richard North Patterson is one of my favorite authors, and I was reminded again why when I read In the Name of Honor. Patterson shows why he is one of the best legal thriller writers with this tale of an Army officer who shoots his former commander after they return from Iraq. The protagonist is Captain Paul Terry, the JAG officer who is assigned to defend him shortly before he is supposed to leave the military for a plush job in New York City. Terry has to deal with his client's family and the extended family of the deceased while navigating a military court martial and probing his client's PTSD and memory loss surrounding the shooting. The plot was good and I did not see the twist of the climax coming. But as always, Patterson's strength is his finely-drawn characters and their relationships. I had a hard time putting this book down, and I anxiously await Patterson's next novel.
My only complaint is that he got some of the military details wrong, but I am also an Iraq veteran, so the average reader probably wouldn't notice the mistakes.