A legal thriller with a difference, The Sins of Men is an epic journey into the heart and soul of man; a story of cause and effect, vengeance and justice, choice and consequence.
Set in the near future, the story opens with the seemingly unrelated accounts of four men going about their lives in different parts of the United States. It's Super-Bowl weekend, and their world is about to be blown apart. They're all American fifty-something's; but there's nothing "average" about any of them. They are men with a past, a dark past, and almost three decades earlier, they'd been Bleeding Dog Company, a four-man super-elite Special Operations unit.
In March 1991 in northwest Iraq, the Dogs cross a line. On their last mission together, a stunningly beautiful girl is brutally raped, her mother murdered and her grandmother seriously injured.
Though some are more guilty than others, none is innocent; all culpable.
With Operation Desert Storm declared an unmitigated success, the unit is decommissioned, and the quartet go their separate ways. The years pass with each man handling his guilt his own way, all convinced it's behind them. But it's not over. In fact, it's only just beginning.
The girl has a baby as a result of the rape. Saddam's post-Desert Storm Iraq is no place for an unmarried Kurdish woman with a Caucasian baby. She flees north to the Turkish border, where she meets a young American diplomat who falls head over heels in love with her. He quickly identifies the baby as her passport to America and she is one of over six thousand at-risk Kurds to be airlifted to safety in Operation Pacific Haven.
Eventually, they wed, but the trauma of her past is a dark shadow that won't go away. It takes her more than twenty years to summon the courage to return to Iraq and when she does, she comes face-to-face with her demons, relating to her husband for the very first time, the full horror of what happened to her as a virginal fifteen year old.
Though he hides it well, he aches for vengeance. It consumes him, and eventually he persuades his wife to tell her story to a national magazine. The revelations kick-start a nationwide hunt for the men already labeled as war criminals.
The net slowly tightens. One after another, their identity is revealed; the fact that one of the four is America's most recent addition to the "Super-Rich" list sending the frenzied media interest soaring into the stratosphere.
The men secretly meet up for the first time in thirty years. But with nothing to celebrate, and all four sure in the knowledge they are headed for the highest profile trial in U.S. legal history, it is not a happy reunion.
The chemistry between two of the quartet is longstanding and explosive, three decades not diminishing their venomous loathing for one another one jot. But this time it's different.
This time, it's going to be settled once and for all . . . and a billion people are going to watch it happen. Live on primetime TV.