Zero Day by David Baldacci, 2011; $27.99; 436 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-0446-57301-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 9/10/17-9/14/17

Why did I read this?  I had picked up the newest book in the series while Ruth Ann was in a fabric store and I was without a book.  I had read Baldacci before and liked him and I liked the main character, so I thought I would read through the series.

John Puller is a member of the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID), he is the son of an legendary general, the brother of a former Army officer who is now in prison convicted of treason, the son of a mother who has been missing since he was eight.  His father is suffering from dementia and moves in and out of our reality.  There is a murder of an Army colonel in a rural West Virginia coal community which hides more questions than answers.  Someone in government is trying to cover up past mistakes while someone else is trying to take advantage of those mistakes.  Puller and a small town police force are caught in the middle and trying to avert a cataclysmic disaster.  The author throws in a few twist that are unusual, the main character is engaging and the supporting cast is cast in shades of gray as are so many people.

Grade A