Praise for The Reunion
"A gripping yarn." -Richmond Times-Dispatch
"TV journalist Autry weaves an...intriguing tale of espionage, murder and suspense in this enjoyable first novel."
"Autry handles the countdown of killings, the locals, and the dialogue quite well. We await more." -Boston Globe
Nine surviving members of a U-boat crew captured during World War II gather in North Carolina for their 60th reunion, only to find themselves targets for a group kill.
Meanwhile, after scouring hospital records to find her biological parents, a 36-year-old unwed mother from Oklahoma stumbles upon an obscure family connection to the murders. Carolyn Baker unknowingly holds the clue that could solve the crime, explain her own past, and expose long-concealed secrets. As she thrusts herself into the FBI investigation, the killer's plan shifts....
Curt Autry is a news anchor and Emmy award-winning reporter for the NBC-TV affiliate station in Richmond, Virginia. A community volunteer and frequent speaker for local civic clubs and organizations, Curt is married and the father of three children. The Reunion was nominated for the 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award and was the Salt Lake city library system's Reader's Choice award.
TV journalist Autry weaves an unlikely, but intriguing, tale of espionage, murder and suspense in this enjoyable first novel centering on the crew members of a German U-boat sunk off the North Carolina coast in 1942 who were interned at a camp in Oklahoma. The publication of a book about the sinking and crew's capture leads the few survivors to plan a reunion some 60 years later, but the surrounding publicity has an unnerving side effect when someone starts bumping the old men off. A discredited FBI agent, Martin Dunlevy, and Carolyn Baker, a young mother in search of her biological parents, form an odd couple seeking to uncover the long-hidden secret that makes these aged seamen a killer's target. The author introduces his ruthless assassin in the book's opening pages, but manages to keep the reason for the murders concealed while Baker's personal search and Dunlevy's professional one begin to merge. There are perhaps too many stories here the fate of the U-boat's crew, the assassin's trail of death, a current political campaign involving a prominent Rhode Island family, and more. A 10-month-old baby is just so much excess baggage in the plot, while in the end Autry fails to establish a convincing motive for the killer. These relatively minor flaws, however, don't detract from the strong suspense and action elements, which make this mystery debut a natural candidate for film treatment. --Publishers Weekly