The Officers' Club

The Officers' Club

Book - 2011
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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? 

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765326805
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 25 cm.

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Feb 01, 2018

Reading the critics comments tells you the basics of the story. My comment is to add that I found the narrative well executed and the characters well constructed and the book turned into one of the stories where "I'll just finish the end of the chapter" becomes a long read into the night page turner.

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