While not based on any particular true incident, Prichard’s arresting thriller still explores and exposes truths, in this case complex and conflicting facts and feelings about the war, from shocking (and still too little-known) corruption, in some cases from the “thousands of mysterious American civilians working in Vietnam,” to Ben’s hard-won understanding of “the way Vietnamese mothers collapsed when their kids were slaughtered.” Full of characters with strong opinions expressed in crisp, provocative dialogue, heart-wrenching war updates with the whiff of reportage, and urgent themes of love and survival, this thriller will keep readers gripped as Prichard explores competing sides of America’s political battle, from the perspectives of both Tommy and Ben, but also through convincing everyday detail, like a comparison of newspaper headlines covering an outbreak of violence at an anti-war rally.
Prichard served in army intelligence in Vietnam, and his account blends a strong sense of in-country life with an practical understanding of the shoe-leather work it takes to expose a truth. Best of all, he knows how to make that work tense and compelling. Killing Grace will help readers better understand the era while delivering a compelling page-turner.
Takeaway: Thrilling, immersive Saigon-set mystery during the Vietnam War.
Comparable Titles: Juris Jurjevics’s Red Flags, Con Sellers’s Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?
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Marketing copy: A