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The Officers' Club by Ralph Peters
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Nov 15, 2011

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bookshelves: fall-2011, thriller-mystery

THE OFFICERS CLUB is a fast read, but the officers are not gentlemen or ladies. The Club consists of young officers who party hard either in Bixby or Mexico. A striking beauty, Lt. Jessie Lamoureax, goes through ALL of the male members, except our narrator 2nd Lt. Roy Banks who is in a relationship with another officer. That relationship can get him out of Fort Huachuca or out of the Army if the right superior knew. And Jessie knows it.

Peters opens the story with the murder of Jessie and Banks recalls the events leading up to her murder and the murderer’s identity. Banks is designing a war game exercise that a hardened colonel wants for the Military Intelligence Class and Officers. It’s 1981 and the Colonel believes the men have gotten soft to tackle the current problems. Everyone must pass this course to get certified. But Lamoureax isn’t worried; she is waiting for her assignment, and is playing fast with many of Roy’s friends. Drug running; Jazz listening, Mexico trips fills the fast paced novel, even his personal mayhem in Iran leaves Banks play-pen Zen unsettling when his lawyer friend gets the goods on the Jessie.

I gave the book a star less than the book deserved because I really disliked all of the characters except the “dirty” lawyer and Jazz aficionado. Peters is surprisingly sympathetic to the early AIDS patient.
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