Last Rights

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9780671001315: Last Rights

Philip Shelby's electrifying bestseller "Days of Drums" was praised as "taut and exciting" "(Los Angeles Times)." Now this master of Washington thriller pits a maverick military officer against the ultimate nemesis: an unrelenting assassin who is the mastermind behind a far-reaching government conspiracy. In a tense stakeout at an Army warehouse, Warrant Officer Rachel Collins breaks all the rules by going on her own -- and in a flash from her Sig-Sauer, takes down a barricaded arms dealer. But the man's dying words -- "Found out about North, didn't ya?" -- are a shocking tip-off to the truth about General Griffin North, an African-American icon whose ambitions toward the vice-presidency died with him in a fatal accident. Now seeing North's death in a new light, Rachel digs up deadly truths within the darkest corners of authority. Taking on a covert probe that has already claimed the life of a top agent inside the Criminal Investigation Division, Rachel cracks an ironclad chain of government cover-ups. And the essential link is the Engineer: a killer of cold precision who could silence Rachel forever -- but insted lures her with top-secret disclosures, into an explosive confrontation that will strike at the highest ranks of leadership.

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Philip Shelby's first novel, Days of Drums, was a crackerjack political thriller. It earned him big sales and good reviews for his ability to turn the nightly news into compelling fiction. His latest pulls off the same magic. A highly decorated African American war hero, General Griffin North, is killed in a plane crash just as his political career is about to take off. Ironically in light of modern military sex scandals, the only people who think the crash might have been more than an accident are two very interesting women--Major Mollie Smith of the Army and her protégé, Warrant Officer Rachel Collins.

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When General Griffin North, a highly decorated African-American icon, is killed in a suspicious plane crash, the special commission deems it a tragic accident caused by mechanical error. But Mollie Smith of the Criminal Investigation Division vows to keep the investigation alive. Certain the General was assassinated, and keenly aware that officals in high places would have stopped at nothing to keep a black man from a possible vice presidential nomination, Mollie intensifies the pitch of her inquiry.

Then Mollie -- her investigation nearly complete -- is found murdered. Rachel Collins, Mollie's protegee and close friend, is left to pick up the scent of conspiracy enveloping the dead. With the help of Mollie's brother, Logan, the head of the hermetically-sealed FBI team tracking domestic terrorists, Rachel comes head to head with the Engineer, an ingenious and ruthless killer whose sole goal is to cut short her inquiry -- and her life.

From its harrowing first scene to its conclusion, Last Rights is a masterfully crafted thriller spinning around an unforgettable heroine. Philip Shelby once again demonstrates that he is among the great thriller authors in America today.

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