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B.O.Q.: An NCIS Special Agent Fran Setliff Novel

N.P. Simpson

John F. Blair, Publisher
978-0-89587-616-4
$26.95 hardcover
6 x 9  
256 pages
March 4, 2014

People like Ann Buckhalter, the wife of a retired Marine lieutenant colonel, often stay at the Bachelor Officers’ Quarter (B.O.Q.) when they return to Camp Lejeune to visit friends or shop at the Exchange. But their dead bodies don’t end up floating in the nearby New River.

When Special Agent Fran Setliff and her Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) team investigate Ann’s murder, they soon discover that more than one person’s life has been simplified by the victim’s death.

As Fran delves into Ann’s background, she begins to glimpse the unsavory things that go on behind the camouflage curtain—racial and gender discrimination, unethical medical practices, sexual indiscretions. As a freelance journalist for the local civilian newspaper, Ann was in a position to ruin more than one promising military career. But who killed her?   

In addition to the strong female character of Special Agent Setliff, the book is filled with interplay among various colorful individuals in the military ranks. Readers also gain insight into the strict hierarchy set up for military men and women and their spouses and children. Besides providing a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of a military base, B.O.Q. is a compelling detective story with an ending readers won’t see coming.

Praise:

"This military police procedural is just right for the many fans of TV's NCIS. Dense as a Scott Turow legal thriller, Simpson's debut is finely attuned to military culture and her details (and low-key humor) will appeal to military thriller readers." —Steven Rigolosi, Starred Review, Library Journal

“Simpson introduces an appealingly tenacious heroine in her first mystery…Simpson uses her experience as a military spouse and a journalist to vividly depict camp life and the manifold pitfalls contained in “conduct unbecoming.” —Publishers Weekly

"Setliff, her Alabama-born sleuth, comes across as a slightly tougher (and bawdier) version of Clarice Starling…Blair seems poised to make Fran Setliff the heroine of a series. Fans should be grateful." —Ben Steelman, StarNews

“Patricia Cornwell, Kathy Reichs, Margaret Maron—make room for another great North Carolina mystery writer, N. P. Simpson. Special Agent Fran Setliff is sure to become a major new sleuth.” —Jerry Bledsoe, author of Bitter Blood

“Gripping. Intriguing. A terrific debut by a first-class writer. Should top the Best First Novel mystery lists.” —Carolyn Hart, author of Dead, White, and Blue and Death at the Door

“N. P. Simpson's vivid prose plunges the reader into the politically fraught, self-contained world of a military base. A homicide investigation here is both similar to and completely different from anywhere else.” —Linda Landrigan, editor, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine