Dr. Kel McKelvey

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3.5 out of 5 stars 86 ratings

One Drop of Blood Publisher's Summary

As the director of the U.S. Army's Central Identification Lab in Hawaii (CILHI), Robert Dean "Kel" McKelvey has made a career solving some of the country's most complex identification cases. Though fast approaching emotional meltdown, Kel now faces his thorniest case yet: the recovery of Jimmie Carl Trimble, a soldier from Arkansas who died a hero's death in Vietnam 40 years ago.

When a rare DNA sequence turns up at both the Army and FBI labs, it points to the unthinkable: a link between Trimble and a 40-year-old, unsolved racial killing in the Arkansas delta. Partnered uneasily with the volatile FBI Special Agent Michael Levine, Kel must peel back decades of silence to reveal a complex web of stolen identity, betrayal, patriotism, collusion, and lies.

Taking listeners deep inside the fascinating world of military and civilian forensic science, One Drop of Blood is a pitch-perfect thriller by a talented new author who knows the terrain better than anyone.

One of the most respected forensic anthropologists in the world, author Thomas Holland is the real Scientific Director of the U.S. Army's Central Identification Lab in Hawaii (CILHI), the agency responsible for the recovery and identification of all U.S. war dead.

©2006 Thomas Holland; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • One Drop of Blood

    • By: Thomas Holland
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20

    As the director of the U.S. Army's Central Identification Lab in Hawaii (CILHI), Robert Dean "Kel" McKelvey has made a career solving some of the country's most complex identification cases. Though fast approaching emotional meltdown, Kel now faces his thorniest case yet: the recovery of Jimmie Carl Trimble, a soldier from Arkansas who died a hero's death in Vietnam 40 years ago.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty good for what it was...

    • By Barbara on 03-01-07

    Regular price: $26.59

  • Book 2

    • K.I.A.

    • By: Thomas Holland
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    In K.I.A., Dr. Kel McKelvey and his team at the U.S. Army's Identification Lab must determine if a body in a Vietnamese cemetery is that of Jimmy Lee Tenkiller, a soldier missing since 1970. But first, McKelvey will have to unravel the secret behind Tenkiller's murder.

    Regular price: $20.72