The Dark Side Of Gloryby Richard McMahon


In this mystery/suspense novel set during the Korean War, Matthew Clark,

the biographer of a respected and highly decorated Army general, learns

that there is a hidden side to his life, involving a brutal, covered-up

murder, a secret mistress, and an abandoned illegitimate daughter. As he

delves deeper, Matthew discovers an baffling mystery and a tragic love,

in a world of surprises where nothing is at it seems. Tracing

the general's earlier career during the occupation of Japan and through

the early days of the Korean War, Matthew follows the lives of four

principle characters: Philip Coursen, who appears to be the perfect Army

officer, but with a disturbing dark side, Miriam Coursen, equally

perfect Army wife, who may hide a secret agenda, Calvin Carter, an

idealistic young West Pointer, beset with guilt as a result of his

clandestine affair with another officer's wife, and Samantha Winstead,

the beautiful, vivacious cause of Calvin Carter's discomfort. The

biography takes a personal turn for Matthew, as he finds himself drawn

into the story when he falls in love with the young woman who claims to

be Coursen's daughter.


About the Author

Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Queens, Richard attended

Stuyvesant High School, then joined the US Army. He served more than 33

years, 26 of them overseas in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Italy, Germany and

Turkey. After retirement from the Army, and following 3 years in Saudi

Arabia as an operations manager for Global Associates, he founded the

adventure travel program in Hawaii for Mountain Travel (now Mountain

Travel Sobek). For the next 7 years he led adventure tours in Hawaii,

Europe, and the Far East for Both MT and REI.

While in the service, he received a BS degree in military science from

University of Maryland, and after retirement, MA degrees in English and

history from the University of Hawaii. He enjoys writing and

hiking-related travel, and belongs to three hiking clubs in Hawaii.