Phu Bai: A Vietnam War Story

Mystery & Thrillers

By Paul Betit

Publisher : Just Write Books

ABOUT Paul Betit

Paul Betit
A Vietnam War veteran, I was stationed at Phu Bai in 1966-67. For more than thirty-five years, I've worked as a newspaperman in Maine. I live in Topsham with my wife Deborah. We have two sons. I'm also the author of Kagnew Station, a sequel set in Ethiopia in 1968. Currently, I'm working o More...


It is June 1967, and United States military involvement in South Vietnam is nearing its zenith. As the war rachets up, John Murphy and Charles Van Dyck of the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division investigate the murder of an American soldier at Phu Bai. War intrudes as the two investigators build their case against the most likely suspect. But a bizarre twist turns it into an unusual manhunt in the middle of a war zone.

The novel is loosely based on my experiences while serving in the Army in South Vietnam during the war. Some of the characters are amalgams of the people I met while in Vietnam.

"...its rapid pacing makes for good beach reading." -- Kirkus Discoveries, February 2005

"Betit writes vividly ... His narrative is crisp, fast-paced and filled with action." -- William D. Bushnell, The Times Record, Oct. 29, 2004

"Filled with suspense throughout, this is a book you will likely read non-stop." -- Lloyd Ferris, Maine Sunday Telegram, Jan. 9, 2005

"This fast-paced murder mystery grabs readers early in the story ." -- Lloyd Ferris, Maine Sunday Telegram, Jan. 9, 2005