Darkside

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"A midshipman's six-story fall onto a plaza at the United States Naval Academy is classified initially as an accident. The Academy's administration - none-too-affectionately called the "Dark Side" by the midshipmen - attempts to brush the incident under the rug. But a bizarre twist complicates what might otherwise be a tidy cover-up, and pulls Midshipman first class Julie Markham into the incident in a highly embarrassing manner. Suddenly there are rumors of homicide." "Julie's flawless reputation, high academic standing, and athletic ...
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"A midshipman's six-story fall onto a plaza at the United States Naval Academy is classified initially as an accident. The Academy's administration - none-too-affectionately called the "Dark Side" by the midshipmen - attempts to brush the incident under the rug. But a bizarre twist complicates what might otherwise be a tidy cover-up, and pulls Midshipman first class Julie Markham into the incident in a highly embarrassing manner. Suddenly there are rumors of homicide." "Julie's flawless reputation, high academic standing, and athletic achievements make her an unlikely suspect, but her father, Ev Markham, an Annapolis graduate who is now a professor there, knows the extremes to which the Dark Side will go to protect the Academy from scandal. Fearing Julie will be sacrificed to appease the rising public outcry, he hires high-powered attorney Liz DeWinter as the Naval Criminal Investigative Service begins an investigation." Meanwhile, Jim Hall, the Academy's civilian security officer, explores a trail of violent pranks in the locked subterranean tunnels connecting the Academy to Annapolis proper - tunnels that lead to an unsolved murder. But as he follows them, Jim finds himself becoming the quarry instead of the hunter, pursued by an ingenious predator whose dark secret is hidden deep beneath the Academy's pristine grounds and sterling traditions.
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Publishers Weekly
Deutermann's latest-a tense mystery set in and around the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis-is sleek, sharp and scary. The author (Sweepers; Hunting Season; etc.) has strong connections to the Academy, and seasoned reader Hill deftly showcases Deutermann's expertise. When a plebe at the Academy mysteriously falls out of a sixth-story window and dies, energetic Midshipman First Class Julie Markham, an acquaintance of the dead, is placed under scrutiny. While she scrambles to clear herself of blame, the plot thickens, and the Academy reels from the possibility that there's a murderer on the loose. Hill expertly brings to life a variety of characters, including Markham; her father, Ev, who teaches history at the Academy; Annapolis security chief Jim Hall; and tough defense lawyer Liz DeWinter, who gets some of the book's best lines as she goes up against the Academy's "dark side"-the cadre of super-loyalists anxious to protect and defend the institution from scandal at any cost. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's hardcover (Forecasts, Oct. 21). (Dec.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An affectionate if far from idolatrous look at "Canoe U" (midshipmanspeak for the US Naval Academy) as old salt Deutermann floats another seaworthy thriller. Commencement is only weeks away. The "firsties"--the almost-ensigns (enswines, in midshipmanspeak)--are in countdown mode, seeing clear to the blessed end of a four-year mental/physical/emotional survival course. Julie Markham, smart, pretty, a three-striper, which means she’s among the best and the brightest in her graduating class, can’t imagine anything blurring the significance of throw-your-hat-in-the-air day. Then the unthinkable happens. A midshipman, a plebe, plunges to his death from a dormitory roof, wearing (pause) a pair of Julie’s panties. Darkside (midshipmanspeak for the Academy’s power structure) cringes. With scandal looming, ranks close, and the blue-and-gold spinmeisters go to work. As the obvious lesser evil, "jumped" is favored over "pushed," a choice strenuously vouched for by the high command. Suddenly, however, there is unexpected resistance: maverick forces emerge and stubbornly rate truth over policy, unwilling to be reconciled to the idea of a cover-up. Jim Hall, the Academy’s upright security officer, forms an odd-couple, ad hoc alliance with beautiful brassy Special Agent Branner (her first name is her business, thank you very much), head of the Academy’s branch of the Naval Criminal Investigation Service. Risking their careers--and, as events prove, their lives--they seek a sociopathic killer the establishment would rather not have found. And what about Julie? She insists her relationship with the dead plebe was minimal, no more than the interaction predictable between members of the same swimming team.Unfortunately, for her and for all those with inconvenient and/or uncomfortable secrets, Hall and Branner become convinced that smart, pretty, best & brightest Julie is lying through her teeth. A dead-on sense of place and appealing characters in tight corners. Once again, and with satisfying brio, the retired Navy captain (Hunting Season, 2001, etc.) writes what he knows.
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"Gripping...thoroughly absorbing." -Publishers Weekly

"Deutermann...writes page-turners. And this one has a surprise ending-one that comes as a bombshell." -Houston Chronicle

"A dead-on sense of place and appealing characters in tight corners...satisfying." -Kirkus Reviews

"Deutermann has now published seven pounding-pulsers. For this book, he was back at Dahlgren and Mahan, updating his reef points."-Baltimore Sun

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781491509012
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Sales rank: 969,575
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

P. T. DEUTERMANN spent twenty-six years in military and government service before retiring to begin his writing career. He is the author of thirteen novels and lives with his wife in North Carolina.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2003

    Fast paced military mystery

    Takes place inside the Naval Academy. Surrounds the death and investigation of a midshipman. The story contains a lot of details about the academy and good insights into life at 'Canoe U'. Also has interesting details of the Naval Investigative Service.

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