Pat Riley - The Cook Out
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Thousands of American families have lost loved ones to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For those left behind, these losses are devastating, life changing and have far-reaching consequences. The death of a single soldier affects a multitude of family and friends. Every family has a different take on their loss, and fledgling North Carolina reporter Rudy Ryan is crisscrossing the state to get their stories. However, what Rudy is hearing from these families more often than not, is that this war is preemptive, and against at least one made-up enemy. Throughout Rudy’s five-week assignment, several violent events unfold that at first seem random. Eventually, it becomes obvious that those who started these wars and think they are immune from the ravages of it, have become easy targets for a grieving widower bent on his own form of justice. Those familiar with Pat Riley’s work will recognize the trademark struggle of good vs. evil in this novel, the characters he carefully crafts-who seem like people we know-and the humor, even in the midst of tragic circumstances.