From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The murder of 1st Lt. Jessica Lamoureux at Arizona's Fort Huachuca kick-starts Peters's excellent mystery thriller set in the post-Vietnam era. Roy Banks, a 28-year-old army second lieutenant, is finishing a course in military intelligence by designing a war game exercise, but the real games are those played by his fellow officers who are members of what they jokingly refer to as "the Officers' Club," a hard-drinking, promiscuous group who spend their free time in various bars and bedrooms. Late one night, a skinny-dipping Lamoureux tries to seduce Banks, who's sleeping with a married female second lieutenant. Much to his own surprise, Banks fends her off, which proves to be one of the few astute choices he makes in a novel filled with men and women making all the wrong decisions. Peters (The War After Armageddon) shows he can explore the conundrums of love and the battlefield of the human heart as successfully as he navigates international military strategy and tactics. (Jan.)
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*Starred Review* Peters mixes a time and place rich with storytelling potential, vividly drawn and multidimensional characters, murder, sex, deception, and rival drug gangs into a superior crime novel. The time is 1981, the place remote Fort Huachuca, along the Arizona-Mexico border, where the army, still demoralized by the Vietnam War, trains intelligence officers for future war with the USSR. The central character is Lieutenant Roy Banks. Smart and committed to the army, Banks enjoys the approbation of senior officers, the companionship of male peers, and considerable attention from female officers. But Banks spurns Lieutenant Jessica Lamoureaux, a beautiful schemer who has turned almost every male head on the base. When she is murdered, Banks must determine who killed her. The Officers’ Club is driven by its characters and its time and place. Whether it’s Banks’ love of jazz and “playpen Zen,” a fire-breathing colonel driven to single-handedly rescue the Army from its malaise, or a female noncom determined to rise above her impoverished childhood, his characters come alive. So, too, do 1981 and the harsh, sun-beaten, desperately poor border locale. It’s likely that Peters, who writes nonfiction on military affairs as well as novels, is writing about a place and time he really knows, and the result is a hugely entertaining tale. --Thomas Gaughan