John Lescroart. Betrayal (2008) 432 pp.
Publisherís description: ďWhen [San Francisco defense attorney] Dismas Hardy agrees to clean up the caseload of recently disappeared attorney Charlie Bowen, he thinks it will be easy. But one of the cases is far from small-timeóthe sensational clash between National Guard reservist Evan Scholler and an ex-Navy SEAL and private contractor named Ron Nolan. Two rapid-fire events in Iraq conspired to bring the men into fatal conflict: Nolanís relationship with Evanís girlfriend, Tara, a beautiful school-teacher back home in the states, followed by a deadly incident in which Nolanís apparent mistake results in the death of an innocent Iraqi family as well as seven men in Evanís platoon. As the murky relationship between the US government and its private contractors plays out in the personal drama of these two men, and the consequences become a desperate matter of life and death, Dismas Hardy begins to uncover a terrible and perilous truth that takes him far beyond the case and into the realm of assassination and treason.Ē