Format Hardcover
Publication Date 07/01/13
ISBN 9781605984629
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.4 in / 336

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Shadow of the Corps

A Novel

James M. Dupont

In this heart-pounding debut thriller, a young jag still in awe of the Marine Corps’ hallowed code of honor must confront an enemy within the ranks.

Dale Riley, fresh out of law school, joined the Marine Corps to be a hero. As a JAG attorney, he was out to save the world. But when he takes on the wrong client—a combat pilot accused of unlawfully bombing a village in northeastern Afghanistan, killing seventy-eight Afghan noncombatants and five United States Marines—his world quickly comes undone. It’s not enough for Dale to save his career. Now, he’s fighting to save his life, and the lives of his wife and son. In the tradition of A Few Good Men, nothing in James M. DuPont’s taut debut novel is at it seems, and the line between guilt and innocence is as delicate and unpredictable as the line between life and death itself.

James M. DuPont is a former Marine Corps aviator and legal officer with twelve years of active duty service, and over 100 combat sorties in Afghanistan and Iraq.  He is currently an airline pilot and a major in the Marine Corps reserves.  He lives with his family in Charlotte, North Carolina.   

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Endorsements & Reviews

“An exciting debut legal thriller. Shadow of the Corps maintains a heart-pounding adrenaline level, propelling the reader through the story while blocking out everything else.  This is still a stellar start to the former Marine's fiction writing career. A whirlwind thriller that will leave readers breathless and demanding more.” Jen Forbus Shelf Awareness
“Dupont is active in the U.S. Marines, and his first novel uses his knowledge of the service. Former JAG officer Dale Riley has been struggling to put food on his family’s table. His wife and new baby have been forced to move in with his parents, and he’s packing on the pounds. When he learns of a former colleague’s death under tragic circumstances, Riley quickly realizes that the man was murdered, and it’s only the beginning. The killings relate to a case he tried involving an officer and the bombing of a village in Afghanistan. The scandal surrounding that case was enormous, and now it appears it’s payback time. The courtroom scenes are engaging, and there’s something of the film A Few Good Men here, but it’s more like Grisham with blood.” Booklist
“If you loved Sorkin’s A Few Good Men, DeMille’s Word of Honor, or Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny, then you will grab DuPont’s novel and not let go until the very last sentence.  Move over John Grisham, there’s another lawyer in the courtroom—and he’s packing heat. A terrific read.” Linda Stasi author of The Sixth Station
“Arguably the best novel to appear in this genre since the arrival of Norman Mailer with his debut, The Naked and the Dead, more than six decades ago. In this remarkable debut, high-octane prose explores the nature of evil to shocking effect.” Tony Geraghty, author of Black Ops and Soldiers of Fortune
Shadow of the Corps, which dramatizes life and death in a crumbling American empire and contains the most realistic parking-lot shoot-out I’ve ever read, is a great novel of manners. DuPont might well be Jane Austen reincarnated as an ex-Marine living on the edge.” Justin Scott, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Janson Command and The Shipkiller