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ISBN 10: 1451571615 / ISBN 13: 9781451571615
Published by CreateSpace, 2010
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Title: Bella

Publisher: CreateSpace

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Good

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A striking widow intent on proving the military lied about her husband's death lures a Washington journalist into the investigation. Working together, they discover the power of temptation, the futility of revenge, and the consequences of yielding to either. Bella is a young mom living the life she dreamed of - she's married to Hank Moss - a hunky, charismatic rising pro tennis player ... they have a great child. Then Hank's sister dies in 9/11. He enlists in the military and dies in battle. As Bella is mourning, an anonymous caller tells her the Army lied about Hank's death. She enlists the help of a Washington reporter and they set off to find the truth. But they uncover a lot more along the way.

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The cliche is, write what you know. I know journalism, tennis, and a little bit about the relationships between men and women. Bella is usually described as a political thriller, but the novel is mostly about the relationship between Bella, the alluring widow, and Dan, the married reporter she persuades to help her uncover the truth about her husband's death.I covered several tragic events over a long reporting career, and have always been interested in how people respond to profound grief. I have seen some survivors withdraw to the point of near-invisibility, and others channel their sorrow into furious action that in some cases impacted public policy. I'm also interested in how people act when faced with tough ethical choices - essentially what people do when a decision must be made and no one is watching. The action in Bella is driven largely by ethical decisions key characters make on the battlefield and in the bedroom. I relate most to Dan, the reporter and narrator, since I - like Dan - know the world of daily journalism and am also a storyteller. That said, I would not have made some of the choices Dan makes, particularly with regard to getting emotionally entangled with an important source. Doing so compromises his professional integrity and results in dire consequences.
Readers always ask me what I think about Bella. I think the tragedy that befalls Bella causes profound grief and recasts her personality. In the end, I view her as a complex but flawed character with many admirable traits. 

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