Monday, August 12, 2019

Six crime novels that explore the experience of veterans

Siobhan Adcock is the author of the novels, The Barter and The Completionist.

At CrimeReads she tagged "a few mysteries and thrillers by and about veterans that you might not have already read, and that open up an understanding of how combat experience can shape a story, and its storyteller," including:
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

The world as we know it has ended—humanity wiped out by a supervirus—and those lucky or unlucky enough to survive are either insanely competent, or a little bit insane. Or both. Hig, a former pilot, and Bangley, a former Navy SEAL, are among the survivors who are a bit of both, and who become almost reluctant allies in the face of common danger. In researching my own fiction I’ve read a lot of post-apocalyptic novels (and I mean a lot) and Heller’s novel is one of my all-time favorites: Beautiful, stark, often surprisingly humorous, and fueled by hope, as all great end-of-the-world novels are.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue