The Officers' Club
The Officers' Club
Forge, Hardcover, 9780765326805, 304pp.
Publication Date: January 18, 2011
Spring, 1981. Vietnam is over, but the repercussions linger. The military strives to recover as society reels from the excesses of the 1970s…
A sinister beauty and a dutiful soldier… a Hollywood lawyer running from a dirty past and a cast-off vet who seems to have no future… dueling drug gangs along the Mexican border… and the mutilated remains of a female lieutenant.
Stunning, promiscuous, and brilliant at spotting the weaknesses in others, Jessie Lamoureaux may have been killed by a jealous lover, a drug smuggler—or a ghost from a life she hoped she had left behind.
Was her murderer the Green Beret she betrayed? The captain whose marriage she shattered? The senior officer hoping to save her from herself? A female sergeant fighting for dignity in a man’s world? Or a fellow lieutenant with a secret of his own?
In this gritty tale of young men and women torn between the laws of the land and the laws of the heart, a dark journey leads from a moonlit beach in Mexico to mayhem in Iran—then back to a country looking for its soul.
The Officers’ Club captures the passions and confusion of the times, the reckoning due after a decade of indulgence—and the commitment of those who stayed in uniform through the bad years.
As the military and society struggle to right themselves, their conflicts are embodied in the question:
Who killed Lieutenant Jessie Lamoureux?
(Starred Review) "An absorbing and finely crafted portrayal of complex characters...In the tradition of James Jones, Norman Mailer and Nelson DeMille."
"The Officers’ Club is a perfect invocation of America and the post-Vietnam Army trying to repair its heart and soul in the aftermath of a long, disastrous war. For those of us who were there, as well as for those who were not, this is a must read; a remembrance of things we’d rather forget, and a reminder that history is prologue to the future. Peters writes with wit and style, his dialogue is as crisp and fresh as a newly-pressed uniform. An outstanding novel of mystery, seduction, sex, betrayal, and murder."
--Nelson DeMille, New York Times bestselling author of The Lion
--Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassin "With The Officers' Club, Ralph Peters elegantly proves that America's military forces are staffed with flesh and blood human beings, people for all their trials and tribulations who are dedicated not only to their country, but to each other. Brothers and sisters, in arms, all facing the same enemy which is sometimes themselves. Peters has written a real story about real people, and he's nailed it solid. I couldn't put it down. Hats off!"--David Hagberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Expediter