NO MAN’S LAND is David Baldacci’s fourth book in his very successful John Puller series. I can say without a doubt this is the best of the series. Two parallel stories keep the reader’s interest through the first half, merging seamlessly by the middle of the book.
Thirty years ago when John Puller and his older brother, Robert, were young boys when their charming and beautiful mother mysteriously disappeared one evening from the Ft. Monroe, VA army post. The army investigated but not a single clue to her disappearance was ever found. Thirty years later, a friend and neighbor at the time who was now dying of cancer, wrote a letter to the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division accusing the father, Fighting John Puller Sr., a retired 3-star army general, of murdering his wife. Aging Puller Sr. presently resides in a nursing home suffering from deteriorating mental and physical health.
Miles away a convicted killer, Paul Rogers, is released from a federal prison having served ten years for murder. Within hours after his release he kills two young people who had been harassing him. This sets Rogers on a rampaging cross-country voyage and more killings. Rogers knows where he is headed and nothing will deter him from achieving his long-awaited and final goal. For Rogers, payback time is only days away.
Meanwhile, Chief Warrant Officer John Puller, teaming up with his older brother, Air Force Colonel Robert Puller, for intelligence information, is on a mission to learn what happened to his mother and to clear his father’s good name. Puller also gets help from fellow CID sidekick and sometimes girlfriend, Veronica Knox.
Baldacci is a terrific writer. He skillfully develops his prime characters and injects exciting secondary players who add spice to the story. This is the best of Baldacci. There is not a weak page of narration or dialogue in this book. I give No Man’s Land a top rating of 5+ stars. It’s a winner.