Books by P.T. Deutermann

Peter T. Deutermann was born in 1941 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Lieutenant Commander (later Vice Admiral) and Mrs. H.T. Deutermann. The family moved in 1944 to La Jolla, California, where they lived until the end of the Second World War in the P


GHOSTS OF BUNGO SUIDO by P.T. Deutermann
THRILLERS
Released: July 30, 2013

"A first-rate yarn of war and the sea that will keep the reader on edge right to the end."
A World War II naval thriller in the tradition of Edward L. Beach's Run Silent, Run Deep, pitting an American submarine against daunting odds. Read full book review >
THE LAST MAN by P.T. Deutermann
THRILLERS
Released: May 22, 2012

"Damn good."
Deutermann's latest (Nightwalkers, 2009, etc.) is a strong thriller that mixes archaeology, history and geopolitics. Read full book review >
NIGHTWALKERS by P.T. Deutermann
THRILLERS
Released: June 1, 2009

"A rousing, spirited yarn."
Ex-cop Cameron Richter (Spider Mountain, 2007, etc.) plays cat-and-mouse with two murderous ghosts. Read full book review >
SPIDER MOUNTAIN by P.T. Deutermann
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Most Deutermann novels (The Cat Dancers, 2005, etc.) are character-driven. Here, slam-bang action outweighs nuance. The result is best for short attention spans."
Ex-cop Cam Richter returns to the North Carolina backwoods for a blood feud with backwoods royalty. Read full book review >
THE CAT DANCERS by P.T. Deutermann
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Somewhat over-plotted, but the besetting conflict is substantive, and the characters are credible and sympathetic."
In Deutermann's gripping tenth (Firefly, 2003, etc.), an ugly crime sparks outrage and a look at what is and isn't justice. Read full book review >
FIREFLY by P.T. Deutermann
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Deutermann (Darkside, 2002, etc.) always makes his backgrounds impeccably authentic, but it's those three-dimensional people in peril who drive his tales."
A crafty veteran returns with a deft thriller about a crafty veteran returning to thwart a fiendish terrorist plot. Read full book review >
DARKSIDE by P.T. Deutermann
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"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."
An affectionate if far from idolatrous look at "Canoe U" (midshipmanspeak for the US Naval Academy) as old salt Deutermann floats another seaworthy thriller. Read full book review >
HUNTING SEASON by P.T. Deutermann
THRILLERS
Released: March 19, 2001

This seventh thriller from Deutermann, a retired Navy captain and arms-control specialist, begins like a steel bear trap with, indeed, two young men stepping into immovable bear traps by a stream, then nearly getting struck by lightning that batters a nearby tree, and who then face a thunderstorm and rising flash flood as they writhe in place while a five-foot wall of mud sweeps toward them. Read full book review >

TRAINMAN by P.T. Deutermann
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Another solid performance from Deutermann (Zero Option, 1998, etc.), this time about a train-hating, vengeance-hungry madman and the FBI agents seeking to derail him. Read full book review >

ZERO OPTION by P.T. Deutermann
THRILLERS
Released: Sept. 28, 1998

Deutermann (Sweepers, 1997, etc.), a retired Navy captain who served the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an arms control specialist, returns in top form with this gripping tale of men caught up in a nasty business: selling germs. Read full book review >

SWEEPERS by P.T. Deutermann
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 14, 1997

Deutermann (Official Privilege, 1995, etc.) returns to the scene of US Navy crimes with a twisty thriller detailing the lengths to which the seagoing service will go to protect its own and deep-six potentially embarrassing scandals. On the eve of her retirement, Commander Karen Lawrence, an attractive widow and attorney, is ordered by the Navy's Judge Advocate General to ride herd on the civilian cops investigating the mysterious demise of a young woman who was the former lover of newly promoted Admiral William Sherman. Read full book review >

OFFICIAL PRIVILEGE by P.T. Deutermann
THRILLERS
Released: June 23, 1995

Another arresting take on the US Navy from Deutermann (The Edge of Honor, 1994, etc.)—this time in a military police procedural that features miscegenation, high-level infighting, and a genuinely horrifying hatchet man. Stuck with Pentagon duty as he awaits a return to sea, Commander Dan Collins is ordered to look into the killing of a young black officer whose body has been discovered, after two years, in a mothballed battleship in the USN's Philadelphia shipyard. Read full book review >

THE EDGE OF HONOR by P.T. Deutermann
THRILLERS
Released: May 1, 1994

Deutermann (Scorpion in the Sea, not reviewed) stows the Age of Aquarius aboard a naval frigate in The Edge of Honor. In an effort to advance his naval career, Lieutenant Brian Holcomb leaves his beautiful wife behind to participate in a seven- month-long deployment aboard the USS John Bell Hood stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1969. Read full book review >