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A MAN IN UNIFORMHe was a captain in the U.S. Air Force. She was a psychologist in Fayetteville, North Carolina. On the surface, Marty and Michelle Theer appeared to be the perfect married couple. But no one knew of the double life Michelle was leading. Tired of spending one too many nights apart from Marty who was often away on his flight missions, Michelle turned to the I A MAN IN UNIFORMHe was a captain in the U.S. Air Force. She was a psychologist in Fayetteville, North Carolina. On the surface, Marty and Michelle Theer appeared to be the perfect married couple. But no one knew of the double life Michelle was leading. Tired of spending one too many nights apart from Marty who was often away on his flight missions, Michelle turned to the Internet to meet men and relieve her loneliness. With each encounter, Michelle became more daring in her sexual escapades. But one man stood out among all the rest: former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant John Diamond.A WOMAN IN HEATThe more time Michelle spent with Diamond, the less she wanted to be with her husband. Then on December 17, 2000, Marty was gunned down on a street outside of Michelle's office building. Suspicion first turned to Diamond, and she watched him take the fall for a murder she had masterminded. When authorities went after her, Michelle vanished. For months, federal marshals hunted desperately for Michelle, who had resorted to plastic surgery to avoid the law. In 2002, authorities finally captured her.A CASE THAT SHOCKED THE AMERICAN MILITARY COMMUNITYFor three months, a jury would hear graphic testimony delving into the sordid details of Michelle's swinging sex life as the happy veneer of the Theers's marriage was quickly peeled away. But when it came time to decide Michelle Theer's fate, her own shocking actions would finally seal her doom....


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A MAN IN UNIFORMHe was a captain in the U.S. Air Force. She was a psychologist in Fayetteville, North Carolina. On the surface, Marty and Michelle Theer appeared to be the perfect married couple. But no one knew of the double life Michelle was leading. Tired of spending one too many nights apart from Marty who was often away on his flight missions, Michelle turned to the I A MAN IN UNIFORMHe was a captain in the U.S. Air Force. She was a psychologist in Fayetteville, North Carolina. On the surface, Marty and Michelle Theer appeared to be the perfect married couple. But no one knew of the double life Michelle was leading. Tired of spending one too many nights apart from Marty who was often away on his flight missions, Michelle turned to the Internet to meet men and relieve her loneliness. With each encounter, Michelle became more daring in her sexual escapades. But one man stood out among all the rest: former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant John Diamond.A WOMAN IN HEATThe more time Michelle spent with Diamond, the less she wanted to be with her husband. Then on December 17, 2000, Marty was gunned down on a street outside of Michelle's office building. Suspicion first turned to Diamond, and she watched him take the fall for a murder she had masterminded. When authorities went after her, Michelle vanished. For months, federal marshals hunted desperately for Michelle, who had resorted to plastic surgery to avoid the law. In 2002, authorities finally captured her.A CASE THAT SHOCKED THE AMERICAN MILITARY COMMUNITYFor three months, a jury would hear graphic testimony delving into the sordid details of Michelle's swinging sex life as the happy veneer of the Theers's marriage was quickly peeled away. But when it came time to decide Michelle Theer's fate, her own shocking actions would finally seal her doom....

30 review for The Officer's Wife (St. Martin's True Crime Library)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Flohr

    This book just didnt do it for me. I love my true crime. Way too much about the court case. It waffled on too much for me. It was repititive and I found myself skipping through pages just to finish the book. It didnt hold my interest at all.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Marlene♥

    Been reading this and so far (71% in) very good although sometimes a bit repetitive Finished this book last week and this was another very good true crime book. I do find it always quite intriguing when it is the other way around and women kill men but I was glad with the outcome. Michael Fleeman is an excellent true crime writer. (and skip the remark about it being repetitive. Just finished Frozen Tears about the Fort Leonard Wood MP Murders and if you talk about it being repetitive that is the Been reading this and so far (71% in) very good although sometimes a bit repetitive Finished this book last week and this was another very good true crime book. I do find it always quite intriguing when it is the other way around and women kill men but I was glad with the outcome. Michael Fleeman is an excellent true crime writer. (and skip the remark about it being repetitive. Just finished Frozen Tears about the Fort Leonard Wood MP Murders and if you talk about it being repetitive that is the book to show)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Very well done true crime account of a pair of astonishingly shallow, entitled, untruthful and adulterous lovers and the murder that resulted from their connection. I’d love to know which one the author believes pulled the trigger, but otherwise thought this book excellent. If you like detailed true crime tales about really bad people, that is.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    Fascinating story of a woman who thought she was smarter than everyone else, and an ironic study of a psychologist who had real psychological issues of her own. Although no one can really know all the details of this story and what motivated this woman, it is also a tragic tale of a man who lost his life because of the twisted desires of a disturbed and manipulative personality.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Cramer

    Another one of those books that you read and wonder, "Why didn't they just get a divorce? Why was murder 'necessary'"? I read this years ago but couldn't remember most of the details so I gave it another shot; it's another good one from Michael Fleeman. I've read and enjoyed all his other books, but they're always good on a second or third reading, so I guess it's time to re-read a couple other Fleeman books, including THE STRANGER IN MY BED. Update: I read THE OFFICER'S WIFE again (finishing 3- Another one of those books that you read and wonder, "Why didn't they just get a divorce? Why was murder 'necessary'"? I read this years ago but couldn't remember most of the details so I gave it another shot; it's another good one from Michael Fleeman. I've read and enjoyed all his other books, but they're always good on a second or third reading, so I guess it's time to re-read a couple other Fleeman books, including THE STRANGER IN MY BED. Update: I read THE OFFICER'S WIFE again (finishing 3-13-21) and once again enjoyed it immensely.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dorel

    This is the 1st book I read by Michael Fleeman. I wanted read this after seeing it on TV 📺. This book's storyline was good. This book's storyline is sad 😞. Michelle was something else. My heart breaks 💔 for Marty's family 👪. This book had me interested from the beginning to the end. This is the 1st book I read by Michael Fleeman. I wanted read this after seeing it on TV 📺. This book's storyline was good. This book's storyline is sad 😞. Michelle was something else. My heart breaks 💔 for Marty's family 👪. This book had me interested from the beginning to the end.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angela White

    The book seems incomplete. The ending was abrupt, and did not seem to finish covering the story. Also, my Kindle edition had no pictures which was a disappointment. The book did not always flow in a sensible way. Otherwise, I recommend the book. It has interesting information.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Charity

    This story was a fascinating and tragic tale of high school sweethearts achieving the American dream and a spouse’s betrayal in the worst way. That being said, I’ve noticed this author’s true crime books lack in personalizing the victims and the necessary background information/legwork to delve deep into the lives and experiences of his subjects. His source appears to be court transcripts rather than personal interviews with those who knew and loved these people and understood the storm that was This story was a fascinating and tragic tale of high school sweethearts achieving the American dream and a spouse’s betrayal in the worst way. That being said, I’ve noticed this author’s true crime books lack in personalizing the victims and the necessary background information/legwork to delve deep into the lives and experiences of his subjects. His source appears to be court transcripts rather than personal interviews with those who knew and loved these people and understood the storm that was brewing. For instance, I would have loved to have known more of Capt. Marty Theer, yet the author only presented three details about the man, he loved his grandparents because his father was absent, wanted to have children and (according to his wife) watched online porn. He appeared to be a side note in the story, which again, seems to be common with this author. While I did find the entire story fascinating and haunting, this book left a lot to be desired.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Cramer

    Another one of those books that you read and wonder, "Why didn't they just get a divorce? Why was murder 'necessary'"? I read this years ago but couldn't remember most of the details so I gave it another shot; it's another good one from Michael Fleeman. I've read all his other books with the exception of LACI: Inside the Laci Petersen Murder, so I guess it's time to read that one. I also want to re-read a couple other Fleeman books, including THE STRANGER IN MY BED. Update: I read this again (fi Another one of those books that you read and wonder, "Why didn't they just get a divorce? Why was murder 'necessary'"? I read this years ago but couldn't remember most of the details so I gave it another shot; it's another good one from Michael Fleeman. I've read all his other books with the exception of LACI: Inside the Laci Petersen Murder, so I guess it's time to read that one. I also want to re-read a couple other Fleeman books, including THE STRANGER IN MY BED. Update: I read this again (finishing 3-13-21) and once again enjoyed it immensely.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jose Urena

    I'm a retired Soldier who was once stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. I've got to say. This is one of the stories that totally brings out the dark side of the military lifestyle. Being a military couple or family isn't easy, but it's worth it. Military spouses don't have it quite easy by any means. They have to deal with the long deployments of their military service member. It takes a lot of sacrifices. These are the stories that we do not want to deal with. This is a must read for anyone who serves I'm a retired Soldier who was once stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. I've got to say. This is one of the stories that totally brings out the dark side of the military lifestyle. Being a military couple or family isn't easy, but it's worth it. Military spouses don't have it quite easy by any means. They have to deal with the long deployments of their military service member. It takes a lot of sacrifices. These are the stories that we do not want to deal with. This is a must read for anyone who serves in the military, no matter what branch. It clearly shows why it's important for military families to be committed and understanding of what we do for a living.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bren

    It was actually very interesting. I occasionally read true crime books and I chose this one because the person written about was a psychologist. That did interest me. This book seemed to be very well researched and really did keep me reading until the end. I usually give True crime books a 3 or so rating if I like them and I did like this book. So if you are a True crime reader you may like this as it is much better written then many others in the genre that I have read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Moore

    Who Really Knows? I really enjoyed this book. I only gave it four stars because I have read many True Crime stories that were more enjoyable. Their was just to much he said she said. Nothing that really made me feel like I could believe one of the other. But like I said I did enjoy in fact I had a problem putting it down. If you like True Crime books I definitely think you would like it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Shifflett

    Good read but I wanted to know more I enjoyed this book however there were quite a few grammatical errors which made understanding certain parts difficult. I wanted to know more about Michelle Theers trial also. Like what was her explaining changing appearances and what we're her honest thoughts of John Diamond. Good read but I wanted to know more I enjoyed this book however there were quite a few grammatical errors which made understanding certain parts difficult. I wanted to know more about Michelle Theers trial also. Like what was her explaining changing appearances and what we're her honest thoughts of John Diamond.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janna

    Mmmm, my guilty pleasure - true crime novels. This one was well-crafted, although there were quite a few errors in the book (spelling, as well as changing a character's name just two paragraphs apart). All in all a good read though. Mmmm, my guilty pleasure - true crime novels. This one was well-crafted, although there were quite a few errors in the book (spelling, as well as changing a character's name just two paragraphs apart). All in all a good read though.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Huffines medley

    This was a very good book. I love books based on true stories. I can see how people could get sucked in by Michelle. I do believe she killed her husband and I believe she used the army guy as her escape goal. Hopefully some day the truth will be told.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sharron

    Evil The things people do for love never cease to amaze me. It had no closure for any of the families and ended the life of a good man as portrayed in this book. You be the judge of the innocent and guilty parties

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angel Garlinger

    This was a great book. It got me hooked and I couldn't put it down but it's sad to think this really happened to the poor husband. This was a great book. It got me hooked and I couldn't put it down but it's sad to think this really happened to the poor husband.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Annamaria

    I couldn't finish to read it,because you cut me off Because you wouldn't let me finish the book.it's my book i bought it,quit cutting me off when I am almost done I couldn't finish to read it,because you cut me off Because you wouldn't let me finish the book.it's my book i bought it,quit cutting me off when I am almost done

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pegeen

    Not enough about Marty, or even John , the son of a Viet Nam “ tunnel rat”. I think the idea of how hard a military life can be with moves and long separations needed more exploration and contrast to those ( most) who do make it work, certainly those that do not resort to murder. Screw loose somewhere which was not explored. This is as if the writer originally sat thru the trial (s) then went back and did surface journalism: what did the building look like , for example, without garnering any in Not enough about Marty, or even John , the son of a Viet Nam “ tunnel rat”. I think the idea of how hard a military life can be with moves and long separations needed more exploration and contrast to those ( most) who do make it work, certainly those that do not resort to murder. Screw loose somewhere which was not explored. This is as if the writer originally sat thru the trial (s) then went back and did surface journalism: what did the building look like , for example, without garnering any interviews with family and friends to help explain the “ Why”.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Interesting topic but poorly presented I find most "true crime" books fascinating, but I was disappointed in the organization of this book. It was confusing and redundant in parts. In the end, I had no feelings for any of the people, perhaps it was more clinical than a portrayal of emotions. Interesting topic but poorly presented I find most "true crime" books fascinating, but I was disappointed in the organization of this book. It was confusing and redundant in parts. In the end, I had no feelings for any of the people, perhaps it was more clinical than a portrayal of emotions.

  21. 5 out of 5

    veda

    The officer’s wife in name only This book had me doubting myself on many occasions,l would have thought that her real could see her for the woman she really was. She was a manipulative liar .She self serviced in everything trying to cover her ass , in the many people were left with bad feelings . I would read John’s retrial if it came up. Justice needed her.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Imani

    Best true crime book I've read in a very long while. The writer manages to balance exceptionally detailed research, with brilliantly crafted storytelling. I really like that he didn't go too deep into the swinging lifestyle, which would have been salacious but completely redundant to the heart of the story. Brilliant read. Best true crime book I've read in a very long while. The writer manages to balance exceptionally detailed research, with brilliantly crafted storytelling. I really like that he didn't go too deep into the swinging lifestyle, which would have been salacious but completely redundant to the heart of the story. Brilliant read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Beth Ann Garcia

    A good rendition of the story despite a few typos. The trial coverages were riveting. However, the story was told out of sequence, which left the story disjointed for me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jacque' Spellman

    This was not my favorite Michael Fleeman book. I really cannot say why I did not enjoy this one, but I didn't. This was not my favorite Michael Fleeman book. I really cannot say why I did not enjoy this one, but I didn't.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary & Thomas Pfrogner

    Good book just too long. Good book just too long . I do recommend it. Hard to understand how someone can be like this. Untral

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jill Hutchinson

    This book should spell the end of my true crime book binge. I got what I deserved with this one as it is a mess in many ways. Written by someone I never heard of, it is so full of errors (names, places, grammar, etc.) that it is almost funny. I think when a crime that garners media attention is committed, some author will jump on it and write a fast book to play on the publicity. I think this is what happened here and someone forgot to proofread or edit it before it was published. The story is an This book should spell the end of my true crime book binge. I got what I deserved with this one as it is a mess in many ways. Written by someone I never heard of, it is so full of errors (names, places, grammar, etc.) that it is almost funny. I think when a crime that garners media attention is committed, some author will jump on it and write a fast book to play on the publicity. I think this is what happened here and someone forgot to proofread or edit it before it was published. The story is another ho-hum murder of the husband in a love triangle and becomes a "he said, she said" situation when the perpetrators are brought to trial. The story really isn't even that interesting but I finished it just to say that this can finally teach me to quit reading this genre unless it was written by the late Ann Rule!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eva Marie

    My older sister has lived in Fayetteville for years and since I do read a lot of true crime figured this one might be even more interesting since I know the area. I'll have to read it soon to see. My older sister has lived in Fayetteville for years and since I do read a lot of true crime figured this one might be even more interesting since I know the area. I'll have to read it soon to see.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lea Garner

    Good read, so well written!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Judi Pence

    Abrupt Ending This book held my interest but I was surprised and a little disappointed when it ended abruptly. Also, photos would have been appreciated.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peg

    Okay This is a fairly good book about an evil woman and two unsuspecting men. I don't know if justice was truly done or not. Maybe for one but not the other! Okay This is a fairly good book about an evil woman and two unsuspecting men. I don't know if justice was truly done or not. Maybe for one but not the other!

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