P. T. Deutermann Darkside: A Novel

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Darkside: A Novel

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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 ensuing controversy 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, 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.

Darkside is a twisting, relentless thriller by an Annapolis insider-simply, Deutermann at his best.

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Oustanding Praise for P.T. Deutermann and his novels:

Darkside
"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

Hunting Season
"A non-stop page-turner...[an] explosive tour de force...the author exceeds his near-perfect Train Man with this ripped-from-the-headlines-plot pitting a middle-aged Rambo with a small but deadly arsenal of spy gadgets against spine-chilling villains, corrupt agency brass and powerful political forces. Deutermann never sounds a wrong note in this nonstop page-turner."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The tale is loaded with political and bureaucratic skullduggery, and there are plenty of well-banked curves and clever twists. A solid read from an author whose own tradecraft is every bit as good as that of his characters."-Booklist

"You think you have read this before. Trust me. You haven't. And you should...a great read."
-Tribune (Greensburg, PA)

"One of the lasting conventions in thriller-writing involves putting the hero in a situation where the reader is forced to ask, 'How can he possibly get out of that?'...Deutermann... exploits that convention to the hilt in Hunting Season."-Houston Chronicle

"Enough techno and black ops to satisfy Clancy fans, enough double-dealing, back pedaling internecine treachery to keep Carre fans reading and enough plot turns and suspense to keep Crichton and Higgins Clark devotees guessing."--The Florida Times-Union

"Deutermann's previous novel, Train Man, was a marvelous, bang-up action novel...in Hunting Season he equals the thrills...Deutermann writes with authority and inventiveness. Add in top-secret gizmos, heroes meaner than villains...and you've got one of the best by one of the best at what he does." -Telegraph [Macon, GA]

"Deutermann has sold three novels to Hollywood already. They're blind if they pass on this one."-Kirkus Reviews

Train Man
"Deutermann delivers his most accomplished thriller yet. Intelligent, expertly detailed and highly suspenseful."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Another solid performance from Deutermann, this time about a train-hating, vengeance-hungry madman and the FBI agents seeking to derail him. Quality entertainment: the details convince, the people are real, the plot twists legitimate."-Kirkus Reviews

Zero Option
"Zero Option delivers...[Deutermann] keeps his story moving briskly." -Proceedings

"Exciting, moving...a topnotch topical thriller."-Publishers Weekly

"[Deutermann] returns in top form with this gripping tale...intensely plausible entertainment."-Kirkus Reviews

Sweepers
"An explosive drama...Deutermann fans like myself will be thrilled to see that he keeps getting better."-Nelson Demille

"Deutermann's inside knowledge of the Navy and Pentagon politics, coupled with his likeable protagonists, make this a gripping new addition to his line of naval mysteries."
-Publishers Weekly

"A fine page-turner."-Library Journal

Official Privilege
"A tight story line...An attractive combination of murder mystery and naval politics."
-The New York Times Book Review

"P.T. Deutermann has become one of our best thriller writers....A keenly entertaining, fascinating mystery."-Observer (Florida)

"Superb plotting and characterization are here, as is suspense and a clear awareness of the dangers and dalliances that can thrive in official Washington...Official Privilege is more than just a whodunit and a Navy story; it is a suspenseful indictment of power politics."-Florida-Times Union

The Edge of Honor
"One heck of an exciting voyage...P.T. Deutermann ships a reader onto the bridge in that special place-where men go down to the sea in ships...a first-rate suspense novel."-Tampa Tribune and Times

"The Edge of Honor is the rare book that addresses the complexities of war at the front and also at home. The author captures the Vietnam period and its confusion perfectly. Particularly interesting-and horrifying-is the culture depicted on the Hood, a real-life ship around which the novel is set."-The Baltimore Sun

"The Edge of Honor...is headed up the bestseller list."-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Utterly convincing...Unlike many technothriller writers, he has a good grasp of what makes people tick as of what makes a modern warship function. Deutermann's clear mission is to picture Navy life in a depth we have not seen before, and he succeeds brilliantly. His craftsmanship is amazing."-The San Diego Union-Tribune

From the Back Cover:

Dark Motive...
At the US Naval Academy, the students refer to the administration as the Darkside, a nickname befitting the secrecy and manipulation that occur behind closed office doors. So when a first-year student falls to his death from a campus building, the Academy tenses as the Darkside begins to creep out of the shadows to cut off any potential scandal.

Dark Secret...
Retired naval aviator Ev Markham is now a professor at the Academy. When a provocative clue connects the dead student to senior midshipman Julie Markham, Ev knows how quickly his daughter could become the easy scapegoat the Darkside badly craves. But a second body convinces Academy security chief Jim Hall that a killer is on the loose. As both men struggle to uncover the truth, a psychopath more sinister than they can imagine lies in wait, protecting the ultimate-and most deadly-secret of all...

Darkside

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