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The Officers' Club

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

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    5 Star, Must Read Murder Mystery!

    A good mystery novel needs to blend several key elements: interesting, believable characters whose fate readers actually care about; an exciting, compelling story line; enough action (and romance) to propel the plot and engage readers; and a genuine mystery that keeps you guessing right up to the final pages. A great mystery novel must not only contain all of the above, it must be written by a story-teller of unusual narrative skill with an innate talent for capturing detail, atmosphere and nuances of character. Ralph Peters' latest novel, The Officers' Club, is firmly in the latter category - it's a great murder mystery.
    Peters, winner of the 2002 Dashiell Hammett Award presented by the International Association of Crime Writers for his novel, Honor's Kingdom, mines personal experience and background to capture in his narrative the authentic atmosphere of the time and place in which his story is set. In The Officers' Club, the time is 1981; the place is Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. Peters knows both only too well. The U. S. Army of the late-1970s-early-1980s was deeply troubled, struggling to find its way again in the aftermath of the shattering experience of the Vietnam War. It was not a happy time to be a soldier. Over time and through the efforts of a core of dedicated professionals the Army would be rebuilt; but in 1981 when this novel is set, that long and painful process was just beginning. Military history fans, therefore, will find the book especially revealing in its spot-on recreation of a troubled era in the Army's past that the history books too often gloss over. Standard history texts typically leap over the era from the end of the Vietnam War to the beginning of the 1991 Gulf War, usually quickly chalking up the Army's transformation to the Reagan buildup and leaving it at that. Peters' novel helps fill in one of the blank spots in Army history by giving readers a rare glimpse of just how far that profound transformation had to go.
    Like Dashiell Hammett and other classic mystery writers such as Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain, Peters shows in The Officers' Club a superb mastery of creating interesting characters, authentic atmosphere and a plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the novel's final pages. Particularly in mood and character interaction, it's evocative of Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, Chandler's The Big Sleep and Cain's Double Indemnity - indeed, Peters' book can stand as a fitting homage to those mystery writer masters of the 1920s-40s. Ralph Peters' The Officers' Club is a great read that is highly recommended.

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  • Posted January 9, 2015

    Takes you back (if you were there)

    This is a fun read, especially if you were ever a junior army officer. The characters, vocabulary, and scenery are a terrific reminiscence tool, while being a fun story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    This is a must read for anyone curious about newly minted officers

    Ralph Peters was in the class ahead of me at Officer Candidate School. I have read a number of his other books and when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. It was a pleasant trip down memory lane. I thorougly enjoyed all the twists and turns in this novel. If you like murder mysteries this is an engaging, exciting read.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    A Cut Above

    The Officer's Club is a cut above your typical novel. The characters are believable and the story has heart. Beyond that, the tale is told with interest and skill. I have read it twice.
    (And no free copy for me!)

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