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The Witnesses

The family next door has a very dark secret.

The Sanderson family has been forced into hiding after one of them stumbled upon a criminal plot.

Or so they think.

No one will answer their questions. And the terrifying truth may come too late....

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Blood Foam

In the new novel in the acclaimed Lewis Cole mystery series, award-winning author Brendan DuBois launches Lewis Cole on a quest to track down the fiance of a close friend.

A wounded and healing Lewis Cole (retired Department of Defense analyst and magazine columnist) returns to his fire-damaged home on Tyler Beach with two things on his mind: to recover from a bullet wound and to repair his nearly two hundred-year-old home before a hurricane scours his house into the unforgiving ocean.

But just when his work has begun, former lover and journalist Paula Quinn comes to him with an urgent request. Her fiance, attorney Mark Spencer, has gone missing. Phone calls, e-mails, and text messages have gone unanswered. His car is gone, and his home is empty.

Lewis is Paula's last hope to find her missing fiance, and despite his fear for what might happen to his home, Lewis agrees to search for the missing attorney.

But one puzzling aspect of Mark's life leads to Lewis asking more questions . . . until gunfire suddenly erupts in placid downtown Tyler. And Lewis and Paula find themselves on the run from a deadly gang, who are also searching for Mark Spencer, to find him and kill him for a past betrayal. So Lewis begins a difficult quest while his own world is threatened by ruthless men and gathering storm clouds.

Reviews

"Series fans will enjoy the ride." -- Publisher's Weekly

"DuBois' thrillers starring Lewis Cole can be picked up at any point in the series, but fans who have been reading them from the start will really appreciate how DuBois' characters keep getting back up after being tossed around by life. This ninth installment featuring Cole, a retired research analyst for the Department of Defense, shows him in a very vulnerable position: his historic New Hampshire home has been gutted by arson, he's run out of money, he's sleeping in his car, and all the while, a tropical storm is surging up the Atlantic coast. Enter his former lover and still good friend, a local newspaper writer, who seeks Cole's help in finding her fiance, a very Steady Eddie guy, a lawyer and town council member, who has unaccountably disappeared. Cole finds an ordinary but overlooked piece of data that cracks open the lawyer’s previous life. As Cole and his friend hunt for the fiance, they suddenly become the hunted. DuBois gives us scene upon scene of incredible tension, relieved by Cole's mordant wit, and building to a truly gasp-inducing climax. This story arc started in the seventh Cole thriller, DEADLY COVE (2011). The characters who were wounded and torn apart by violence in that mystery are still coping with the aftereffects here. DuBois gives the reader both exquisite suspense and deeply realized characters."" -- Booklist (Starred review)

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Fatal Harbor

Magazine columnist and former Department of Defense research analyst Lewis Cole has traveled some dark roads before in his quest for justice, but in FATAL HARBOR, it's as personal and as dark as it gets. Days after a violent anti-nuclear demonstration puts his best friend police detective Diane Woods in a near fatal coma, Cole abandons his job, his home and his way of life to find the man who nearly killed his friend.

From the rural towns of New Hampshire to the offices of power and influence in Washington, D.C. and Virginia, Cole follows his gut and the flimsiest of clues to track down the cold-blooded attacker who won't hesitate to kill to keep his identity and background secret.

Aided by Felix Tinios, a security consultant from Boston's North End, Cole is shadowed by armed and dark men with their own agenda to stop him ---- by any means necessary --- from learning the truth about what really happened the day his friend was attacked on the grounds of a controversial nuclear power plant.

Suffering loss, heartache and betrayal along the way, Cole is soon standing alone, facing a killer and facing his own ultimate test in how far he will go to avenge a friend.

Reviews

"DuBois's absorbing eighth Lewis Cole mystery picks up where 2011's Deadly Cove left off. In the previous book, Cole's friend and police contact, Diane Woods, was beaten into a life-threatening coma when a protest against a nuclear power plant in Tyler, N.H., grew violent and protesters attacked a police line. Cole blames the man who instigated the violence, Curt Chesak, a shadowy government operative seeking to subvert the protestors in the interest of rival energy concerns. Cole's quarry possesses enormous assets, but Cole makes up for his own lone-wolf status with wily moves and an indomitable will to achieve justice. DuBois's laconic style nicely matches the somber subject matter, and is lightened by his main character's winning intelligence, courage in adversity, and wit. Cole's dogged pursuit leads him to unexpected allies, while his unwillingness to compromise renews some relationships from the past and destroys others. The action builds to a rousing climax in the New Hampshire woods." -- Publisher's Weekly

"But as an ex-Defense Department intelligence analyst, Cole's not only ruthless about meting out rough justice, but resourceful in finding his prey. When he gets warned off the case by his sometime-girlfriend, Annie Wynn, and by Detective Pete Renzi of the New Hampshire State Police, Lewis thinks twice, but both thoughts are bloody. Unlike the Corleone family, Lewis doesn't think it's just business; it's definitely personal." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Lewis Cole, retired as an analyst for the Department of Defense, won't back down when his friend is gravely injured during an antinuclear demonstration. DuBois's eighth case (after Deadly Cove) promises plenty of fast-paced action for the vigilante hero." -- Library Journal

"DuBois's hero, Lewis Cole, has a suitably shadowy background. Once a government analyst, he moves about with hints of powers in reserve. He's on a mission of vengeance here. A policewoman friend was beaten during a protest outside a nuclear plant, and Cole is hunting the radical responsible. As he closes in, so do men with Glocks and thick necks, and the mystery moves to another level. DuBois's smooth style and fine sense of pace make the stock elements bearable, even enjoyable. There's the elegant friend - think Win in Harlan Coben's Bolitar novels - who shows up to help out when things get really dodgy, and there's the highly placed government man who owes Cole a favor and pays back at just the right time. The Marxist professor pal of the radicals is too much, though, calling a hurt cop "a symbol of the corporate oligarchy . . . what happened to her was a just response to oppression." Do they really talk like that? Still, this is a well-made and satisfying thriller." -- Booklist

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Killer Waves

Available now in e-book format, is the fourth adventure featuring retired Department of Defense analyst Lewis Cole. In KILLER WAVES, a man is found murdered near Cole's beachfront home. Soon, the Feds are investigating the death, and bring in a reluctant Cole to assist. The investigation leads from small town police departments to an old story about captured U-boats after World War II brought to a port up the coast. But Cole soons find out that the Feds are keeping deadly secrets from him about the man and his death, secrets that may have terrifying consequences for Cole and for thousands of others.

Reviews

Killer Waves "is jam-packed with secrets and shady characters, but the most compelling thing about it is Cole himself... Like Dan Barton's Biff Kincaid, or even Gregory Mcdonald's Fletch, Cole is someone we simply enjoy spending time with. Crime fiction is filled to the brim with first-person narrators; Lewis Cole has a voice to die for." -- Booklist

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Shattered Shell

Now in e-book format, here's the third novel in the Lewis Cole series. It's in the middle of January, all of the tourists are gone, and among the empty and shuttered hotels and motels, an arsonist is at work. Lewis Cole -- who hates to see his community threatened -- begins to investigate these arsons, while at the same time, a close friend is beaten and brutally raped. Now, he is hunting for an arsonist and a rapist, both who have shattered the calmness of a New Hampshire winter.

Reviews

SHATTERED SHELL "...was worth waiting for: DuBois tells a strong, poignant story, meanwhile creating an exceptionally vivid picture of a New England coastal town held in winter's grip... DuBois brings his characters to life gradually with a carefully chosen mixture of light and shadow -- giving even secondary players full credibility." -- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"DuBois... plots respectably. And there are enough sides to his hero to hold your interest." -- Kirkus Reviews

"DuBois keeps readers guessing with a skillfully designed plot full of twists, and his vivid descriptions of the seashore in winter provide strong atmosphere and nicely complement the gloomy moral landscape. Recommend this too-little-known series to fans of crime New England style." -- Booklist

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Black Tide

This e-book sequel to DEAD SAND has Lewis Cole looking into the mystery surrounding an oil spill on the beaches of Tyler, and the headless and handless corpse of a diver, washing ashore in front of his house. Add in a puzzle involving three missing Winslow Homer paintings, and Lewis Cole soon finds himself in the fight of his life.

Reviews

BLACK TIDE is "...one of the most sharply plotted mysteries of the season." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"DuBois' dry wit and laid-back writing style play nicely off the taut, action-packed plot. BLACK TIDE will appeal to a wide range of mystery fans." -- Booklist

"DuBois paints a vivid picture of Cole's life in controlled, seductive prose." -- Publisher's Weekly

"With plenty of rugged action and quick spook-type thinking, DuBois has constructed an absorbing tale of greed and utter ruthlessness." -- York County Coast Star

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Dead Sand

In the first book of the Lewis Cole series, the hanging death of a teenage waitress at the resort community of Tyler Beach sets Lewis on a trail involving corruption, deceit, and the cover-up of a forty-year old murder. This is the e-book edition of DEAD SAND.

Reviews

"Lewis Cole is an interesting new amateur detective with an honorable but secret past... The reader will be glad to meet Cole again." -- the Associated Press

"A fine mystery... DuBois has created a fascinating main character; good minor characters and an iconoclastic view of the New Hampshire seacoast." -- The Boston Globe

"Lewis Cole will remind hard-boiled hero fans of Robert B. Parker's Spenser: both sleuths are rugged, clever, ethical, erudite and lovable. A winner on all counts: plot, action, characters and suspense. Let's hope Lewis Cole will be making regular appearances from now on." -- Booklist

"DuBois's characters are amply fleshed out and his pacing is superb." -- Indianapolis Star

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The Hidden: Mysterious Tales of Suspense

From award-winning author mystery author Brendan DuBois comes this unique collection of "hidden" or hard-to-find short stories. Since 1985, DuBois has published more than 130 short stories, and in this anthology, he brings together stories that are hard to find for the reader or collector that have been published in non-tradtional markets.

These eleven stories include:

"The Final Ballot" --- Beth Mooney is a single mom living in New Hampshire, just a few weeks before the New Hampshire presidential primary. Her daughter is attacked by the son of a prominent Georgia senator who may win his party's nomination. With pressure from all sides, can Beth find justice for her hurt daughter?

"A Trace of a Trace" --- Samuel Kosten is a lobsterman who thinks he's committed the perfect crime, by murdering his girlfriend and disposing of her body in a thorough and complete fashion. But he failed to plan for a dogged out-of-state CSI investigator who knows that important evidence must exist somehow, somewhere.

"A Snowy Night" --- Cassie Burns is a young girl, in love with a man who turns out to be a killer. Now it's late at night, at a remote cabin in Maine, standing in a snow-covered yard, wearing no footwear, no coat, no hat, just a thin nightgown, and she's slowly freezing to death, trying to figure out a way to survive...

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Stone Cold, Blood Red: N.H. Tales of Mystery

From award-winning author mystery author Brendan DuBois comes this unique collection of twelve tales of crime and mystery from his rural home state of New Hampshire. Included are:

"The Right Call": Newspaper reporter Jack Spooner has been exiled to a rural town, where every week, he gets a crank phone call from a man claiming to be a mass murderer. Jack begins investigating the source of the call, and starts to discover that perhaps the man isn't a crank at all.

"Rising Waters": An investigator from the Department of Justice visits his elderly aunt and uncle during a lengthy rainstorm that threatens to flood out their rural home. Yet the more time he spends with the couple, the more he's convinced that the rising waters are revealing a hidden, horrible crime from long ago.

"To Kill An Ump": More than fifty years after he left his small New Hampshire town in disgrace, Randy Jarvis is returning, with a .38 revolver and a grudge against the minor league umpire who destroyed his major league baseball dreams back in 1958.

Plus nine other tales of crime, mystery and suspense in the small, rural state of New Hampshire.

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Lost On The Moon: And Other Tales Of Science Fiction

From award-winning author Brendan DuBois comes this unique collection of eleven tales of science fiction, including:

"Lost On The Moon": Boy Scout Jake Tanner is out on the surface of the Moon, working to earn his Merit Badge in Lunar Orienteering. But a broken radio and a simple mistake leaves him lost on the harsh lunar surface, with less than an hour of air remaining....

"The Cross of God": A medieval German knight from the Crusades time travels to the future, where he is shaken to the core by seeing what has happened to his religion's symbol of God.

"The Unplug War": The vicious and destructive war between Man and computer is over, and Mankind is victorious. But one man is uncertain that the war is really over.

"God, No Matter How You Spell It": The Hanoi Flu is spreading across the globe, with a mortality rate approaching 99 percent. But in a remote government laboratory in Maine, a desperate race is underway to make sure intelligent life on Earth is not extinguished.

Plus seven other tales of our possible future, good or bad.

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My Short Happy Life In Jeopardy!

From award-winning mystery author Brendan DuBois comes this unique and inside view of America's favorite gameshow, "Jeopardy!".

As a lifelong reader, fan of trivia and watcher of "Jeopardy!", DuBois tried twice to become a contestant on this Emmy-award winning show. But the third time proved to be a charm as he successfully auditioned for the program, and flew from his rural New Hampshire home to Los Angeles to tape his appearance and go head-to-head among some of the smartest people in America.

Along the way he reveals information such as: -- The best way to prepare as a contestant. -- Important websites you should visit, and books you should read. -- What's it like to be "behind the stage" as the show is taped. -- And hey, what's Alex Trebek really like?

This humorous, self-deprecating, informative and suspenseful book will provide even the most casual "Jeopardy!" viewer with a unique look at America's most well-known gameshow. His appearance on "Jeopardy!" proved to be one of the most thrilling and unforgettable moments in his life, and this affectionate tale is a tribute to the people who make the show work.

Author's note: This book is not authorized by "Jeopardy!", CBS, Sony Television or any other entity associated with "Jeopardy!" CBS, Sony Television and "Jeopardy!" are all registered trademarks, and this work is not intended to infringe on any of these trademarks or associated rights.

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The Noble Prince

Hundreds of years after the War of the World devastated humanity, only one nation is still thriving in North America: the Empire of the Nunavut, also known as the Empire of the North, where Canada once stood.

In the first book of this series, "The Noble Warrior," young Sire Armand de la Couture traveled south with his father by airship on a trading mission to a city-state called Potomick, which was once the capitol of the world's greatest empire, known as Amerka.

There, among the ruins of buildings and museums, he came upon a sacred site, a temple of a bearded, brooding man, sitting on a throne, looking out upon a rectangular pond. The man is known as Father Abram, and centuries ago, the stories say, he once freed the slaves. He is now worshipped and offerings are left at his feet, for the oppressed people of Potomick pray that a new Father Abram will arise and free the slaves once again.

Armand soon returned to the safety and comfort of his Empire, but he then took a critical look at his Empire's society, where indentured servants work for families to work off debts decades old, and Armand began to ask questions, questions that forced him into prison.

In the sequel, The Noble Prisoner," Armand has caught the attention of his Empire's security forces. Beaten, interrogated and tortured --- and also abandoned by his family --- he is deported west to the Imperial Oil Sands Authority, where condemned prisoners work as slaves to extract needed oil from the ground for the benefit of the Empire. There, as a pampered prince who has never known cold, hunger and fear, Armand is forced to survive both the elements and assassins.

Now, in the third book, "The Noble Prince," Armand has escaped from the Oil Sands Authority and has made his way south, to the Forbidden Lands. Captured by barbarians in a place once called Idaho, he meets up with a fellow captive from his home empire, named Melinda. In a daring escape, he breaks free from the barbarians with Melinda, and traveling south, they meet up with something fantastic: an ancient military base, staffed by soldiers with old weapons, who pledge loyalty to a forgotten empire called the United States.

In this concluding work of a three-novel series, award-winning winner author Brendan DuBois sets a new world among the ashes of the old, where the humanity-long struggle between freedom and slavery takes place in the ancient lands once known as Canada and America.

The cover art is done by the extraordinarily talented Jeroen ten Berge of New Zealand. Please visit his website at www.jeroentenberge.com.

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The Noble Prisoner

Hundreds of years after the War of the World devastated humanity, only one nation is still thriving in North America: the Empire of the Nunavit, also known as the Empire of the North, where Canada once stood.

In the first book of this series, "The Noble Warrior," young Sire Armand de la Couture traveled south with his father by airship on a trading mission to a city-state called Potomick, which was once the capitol of the world's greatest empire, known as Amerka.

There, among the ruins of buildings and museums, he came upon a sacred site, a temple of a bearded, brooding man, sitting on a throne, looking out upon a rectangular pond. The man is known as Father Abram, and centuries ago, the stories say, he once freed the slaves. He is now worshipped and offerings are left at his feet, for the oppressed people of Potomick pray that a new Father Abram will arise and free the slaves once again.

Armand soon returned to the safety and comfort of his Empire, but he then took a critical look at his Empire's society, where indentured servants work for families to work off debts decades old, and Armand began to ask questions.

Now, in "The Noble Prisoner," Armand has caught the attention of his Empire's security forces. Beaten, interrogated and tortured --- and also abandoned by his family --- he is deported west to the Imperial Oil Sands Authority, where condemned prisoners work as slaves to extract needed oil from the ground for the benefit of the Empire. There, as a pampered prince who has never known cold, hunger and fear, Armand is forced to survive both the elements and assassins.

In this stunning second work of a three-novel series, award-winning winner author Brendan DuBois sets a new world among the ashes of the old, where the humanity-long struggle between freedom and slavery takes place in the ancient lands once known as Canada and America...

Coming soon, the sequel to "The Noble Prisoner".... "The Noble Prince: Book Three of the Empire of the North."

The cover art is done by the extraordinarily talented Jeroen ten Berge of New Zealand. Please visit his website at www.jeroentenberge.com.

Reviews

"I read everything Brendan DuBois writes. Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, it doesn't matter. He's one of the best." --- " -- Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo award-winning author

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The Noble Warrior

Hundreds of years after the War of the World devastated humanity, only one nation is still thriving in North America: the Empire of the Nunavit, also known as the Empire of the North, where Canada once stood.

From this Empire, young Sire Armand de la Couture travels south with his father by airship on a trading mission to a city-state called Potomick, which was once the capitol of the world's greatest empire, known as Amerka.

There, among the ruins of buildings and museums, he comes upon a sacred site, a temple of a bearded, brooding man, sitting on a throne, looking out upon a rectangular pond. The man is known as Father Abram, and centuries ago, the stories say, he once freed the slaves. He is now worshipped and offerings are left at his feet, for the oppressed people of Potomick pray that a new Father Abram will arise and free the slaves once again.

Armand soon returns to the safety and comfort of his Empire, but takes a critical look at his Empire's society, where indentured servants work for families to work off debts decades old, and Armand begins to ask questions. But soon Armand catches the attention of his Empire's security forces, and he is forced to make a terrible decision: to betray his noble family and the Empire that has raised him, or to fight for those who have no voice, who are slaves in name and in deed, struggling to survive in the Empire of the North.

In this stunning debut work of a three-novel series, award-winning winner author Brendan DuBois sets a new world among the ashes of the old, where the humanity-long struggle between freedom and slavery takes place in the ancient lands once known as Canada and America...

And coming soon, the sequel to "The Noble Warrior".... "The Noble Prisoner: Book Two of the Empire of the North."

The cover art is done by the extraordinarily talented Jeroen ten Berge of New Zealand. Please visit his website at www.jeroentenberge.com.

Reviews

"I read everything Brendan DuBois writes. Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, it doesn't matter. He's one of the best." --- " -- Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo award-winning author

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Betrayed

For nearly three decades, the fate of 2,000 American servicemen, missing in action in Vietnam, has remained a mystery. Now, with the ring of a doorbell, the mystery of some is about to be solved.

Smalltown newspaper editor, Jason Harper, answers his door in the middle of the night to see an older man, shabbily dressed, with gray hair and a beard. And in a split second, Jason's life turns upside down. The man claims to be Jason's older brother, Roy, shot down over North Vietnam in 1972.

Jason's joy at reuniting with his brother is quickly tempered as ruthless killers begin pursuing his family and friends, and as his faith in the man's claims threatens to tear his family apart. Author Brendan DuBois pulls readers along for a harrowing ride on a deadly mission to reveal the truth.

In this special Kindle and Nook edition, author Brendan DuBois has expanded the original edition of his novel, and also includes an Author's Afterword.

The cover art is done by the extraordinarily talented Jeroen ten Berge of New Zealand. Please visit his website at www.jeroentenberge.com.

Reviews

"From the author of the Lewis Cole mysteries: a hair-raising thriller about Vietnam MIAs who, it turns out, were never more than semi-missing... the story grabs, and the pages turn, testimony to the power of the narrative." -- Kirkus

"The nagging doubt that our government has never really done everything in its power to discover the final fate of hundreds of Vietnam War MIAs explodes into a dark and totally credible cloud of fear and anger in Brendan DuBois' powerful and heartbreaking new thriller." -- The Chicago Tribune

"DuBois, whose Resurrection Day (1999) had JFK's Bay of Pigs debacle actually starting WWIII, sets up another frighteningly plausible scenario in his latest smart and heartbreaking thriller. Suppose a group of Vietnam MIAs had been secretly shipped to the Soviet Union, where intelligence agents grilled them constantly for almost 30 years? What would've happened to these men when the U.S.S.R. fell apart?" -- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

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Resurrection Day

"Everyone remembers exactly what they were doing the day President Kennedy tried to kill them."

In 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of the nuclear war. The crisis was averted, but what would have happened if war had broken out? In "Resurrection Day," award-winning author Brendan DuBois brings this horrific concept to life...

New York Times bestselling author Lee Child: "'Resurrection Day' is the best 'what if' novel in years --- more clever and resonant than Robert Harris's 'Fatherland' --- and all the more scary because disaster was minutes away from happening for real. A book you'll read three times and keep on your shelves forever."

New York Times bestselling author William Martin: "What if the Russians had not blinked in October 1962? Brendan DuBois gives us the answer in this smart, suspenseful thriller, a frighteningly believable piece of alternative history. You'll be shocked on every page by a world so familiar in its details that the terrible changes seem commonplace. Brendan DuBois is a fine writer, at the top of his game."

Edgar-award winning author S.J. Rozan: "A convincing and terrifying look at an alternative history that could easily have been ours. DuBois's careful research and dark imagination weave together a story that you won't be able to put down --- and that you will be grateful is only fiction."

Winner of the Sidewise Award for Best Alternative History Novel of the Year, this book was originally published in 1999 by Putnam. It's now available exclusively on the Kindle and Nook platforms, with a new author's afterword. I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to share this thriller to a new generation of readers.

The cover art is done by the extraordinarily talented Jeroen ten Berge of New Zealand. Please visit his website at www.jeroentenberge.com.

Reviews

"In his first novel outside of his acclaimed Lewis Cole mystery series DuBois delivers an alternate-history thriller that deserves to be as popular as Robert Harris's 'Fatherland.' DuBois postulates an America that has been politically devastated by a nuclear exchange arising from the Cuban missile crisis... Cohesively plotted and smoothly written, steadily exciting and rife with clever conceits, this is what-if thriller fiction at its finest." -- Publisher's Weekly (starred)

"Like the best alternate-history fiction (Robert Harris' 'Fatherland' or the novels of Harry Turtledove), DuBois' tale is a feast for the mind, a what-if story that's so plausible it reads, at times, like nonfiction. In every way, this is a first-rate novel and one that is sure to appeal to a wide variety of readers." -- Booklist (starred)

"DuBois has done an extraordinary job of envisioning a world that might have been.." -- Rocky Mountain News

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Final Winter

Days after 9/11, the White House set up a top secret counter-terrorism organization that consists of several groups, called Tiger Teams. Each Tiger Team has a representative from a different agency: the CIA, the National Security Agency, U.S. Department of Defense Special Operations, Centers from Disease Control, and so on.

Each team has a Presidential mandate to do whatever it takes to prevent a terrorist attack upon the United States, meaning each team has an unlimited budget and minimal oversight, to give them freedom of movement and action. Their authority extends over the breadth of the U.S. government, and their orders ensures instant response when something is requested by a Tiger Team member.

In Tiger Team Seven, one of its members is New York City Police Detective Brian Doyle, an unhappy member of the team who resents the fact that he was "volunteered" by the NYPD to take part in this agency's work. However, his skills as a street cop and tough inquisitor makes him a unique asset to Tiger Team Seven.

As FINAL WINTER begins, Tiger Team Seven has determined that within four weeks, a major, coordinated terrorist attack will take place against numerous metropolitan centers in the United States, resulting in the deaths of millions of citizens and the collapse of American society. Their mission is to do whatever it takes to prevent such an attack from occurring, even if it means secretly and illegally immunizing the American population.

But as work frantically begins to halt this deadly attack, there is a traitor at work within Tiger Team Seven...

This novel was originally published in 2008 by Five Star Press, and now it's available exclusively on the Kindle and Nook platforms. I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to share this thriller to a new generation of readers.

The cover art is done by the extraordinarily talented Jeroen ten Berge of New Zealand. Please visit his website at www.jeroentenberge.com.

Reviews

"DuBois, known primarily for his Lewis Cole detective series, offers up a stand-alone thriller built around the threat of a massive anthrax terrorist attack . . . DuBois's execution is inventive, with plot twists good enough to keep readers whipping through the pages." -- Publisher's Weekly

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Death of a Gemini

Award-winning mystery author Brendan DuBois has gathered ten of his short stories that revolve around mysteries involving the military and the men and women who serve. Included in this mysterious collection are: "Death of a Gemini": An F-14 pilot flying missions over Afghanistan after 9/11 is haunted by the memory --- and possible ghost --- of his dead brother, killed during the World Trade Center attacks. "Mission Failure": In 1962, a U.S. Navy submarine on an espionage mission up a river in the Soviet Union makes an unexpected discovery that may change the history of the country. "The Men on the Wall": A top secret special ops unit is on a dangerous mission in the United States, racing against time to prevent an almost unimaginable disaster from taking place. But will they have to make the ultimate sacrifice? Plus seven other tales of military heroism and sacrifice as well as:

-- Author forward and afterward

-- Publication history of each story

-- Author insight on how each story was written and published

Reviews

"To say that Brendan DuBois writes thrillers is equivalent to saying that Faberge was pretty good at decorating eggs.'" -- Crippen & Landru publishers

"...Brendan DuBois is one of the two or three finest short story writers of my time.'" -- mystery editor and author Ed Gormanr

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Tales from The Dark Snow

For the first time ever, award-winning mystery author Brendan DuBois has assembled the six prize-winning short stories featuring retired black ops expert Owen Taylor.

Four of these stories first appeared in "Playboy" magazine, with the initial story, "The Dark Snow," being nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award, and later appearing in numerous anthologies, including "The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century."

-- Author forward and afterward

-- Publication history of each story

-- Author insight on how each story was written and published

-- Plus a never-before-published Owen Taylor story, "The High Ground"

Reviews

"If you judge the best best stories by their impact and by how long they scratch at your memory, the one that's truly worth the price of admission (less than 4 cents a page!) [The Dark Snow] was written by an artist I had not read before: Brendan DuBois. It is the tale of a man who retires to bucolic New Hampshire, where he is harassed by persistent and increasingly malevolent neighbors. We underrate the pleasure and sheer fun some people get by hurting others. DuBois makes it clear, as he makes clear how difficult it is to cope with forms of harassment hard to pin down and scarcely illegal. Isolated, the flawed hero flounders, but he won't run away and learns to cope by toying with illegality as his tormentors do. A common murderer in the end but an uncommon planner, the hero handles his predicament successfully and to this reader's immense satisfaction.." -- Eugen Weber, "The Los Angeles Times"

"...the best pure suspense story of the past decade, Brendan DuBois's 'The Dark Snow.'" -- Otto Penzler, mystery editor, author and raconteur

"...Brendan DuBois is one of the two or three finest short story writers of my time.'" -- mystery editor and author Ed Gormanr

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Deadly Cove

In Deadly Cove, the seventh novel in the Lewis Cole mystery series, magazine columnist and former Department of Defense research analyst Lewis Cole is covering an anti-nuclear protest when gunfire breaks out, injuring his journalist friend and killing a charismatic activist.

Not content to let the professionals investigate this shooting, Cole begins to dig into the background of the murdered activist, as well as the anti-nuclear protesters who are gathering by the thousands on the New Hampshire seacoast, promising violent action in order to take over a nuclear power plant and halt its power production.

But someone is also gunning after Cole, obstructing his investigation and making attempts on his life, as his inquiries bring him to question construction union members who favor nuclear power and the protesters who oppose it.

In a time of economic uncertainty, when Cole's own future is threatened, he presses ahead to solve this murder while also trying to protect the women who are closest to him.

Reviews

"Protests at the Falconer nuclear power station on New Hampshire's coast form the backdrop for DuBois's suspenseful, satisfying seventh mystery featuring magazine reporter Lewis Cole, who once 'worked as a research analyst for an obscure section of the Department of Defense' (after 2006's Primary Storm). When someone shoots local peace activist Bronson Toles dead at one of the demonstrations Cole is covering, Cole looks into the backgrounds of Curt Chesak, leader of the violent Nuclear Freedom Front, as well as the head of the pro-nuclear New England Trade Union Council and Toles's family. As the demonstrations continue in the emotional aftermath of Toles's murder, Cole arranges to interview the elusive Chesak at his secret compound, a meeting that puts both Cole and his best friend, Det. Sgt. Diane Woods, in peril. Well-drawn and sympathetic characters add to the story's authenticity. The cliffhanger ending will leave series fans anxious for the follow-up." -- Publisher's Weekly

"Ex-Department of Defense analyst Lewis Cole is caught in a fatal crossfire between rabid anti-nuke activists and the corporate and union stalwarts behind New Hampshire's Falconer Unit 2. In an eerie prefiguration of last month's headlines, a calamitous nuclear accident, this one deep inside Russia, has flushed out hundreds of protestors against the construction of a nuclear reactor. Bronson Toles, the aging countercultural hero who runs the Stone Chapel, a pioneering music venue, is joined by Curt Chesak, coordinator for the Nuclear Freedom Front. Or not quite joined, since Chesak is so wary of publicity that he never appears in public and is never seen without a mask except by his most trusted followers. Denise Pichette-Volk, the hard-charging new managing editor at Shoreline, insists that Lewis (Primary Storm, 2006, etc.) supplement the monthly features he writes to justify a salary that the Defense Department paid for years ago as the price of his silence about an ugly secret with daily hard-news stories about the demonstrations. On top of not liking the pressure of acting like a real reporter, Lewis feels stuck in the middle between idealistic young protestors like UNH student Haleigh Miller and his old friend Diane Woods, of the Tyler Police Department. At length, there's a murder less important in itself than for its devastating effects on Paula Quinn, Lewis's ex-lover and colleague at the Tyler Chronicle. And there's a good deal more violence and soul-searching. As usual, DuBois works hard to give every possible attitude toward nuclear plants a sympathetic hearing, and he's honest enough to acknowledge that solving the mystery does nothing to solve the problems he raises so compellingly." -- Kirkus

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Six Days

For the first time for American readers, SIX DAYS is now available to read via Kindle on Amazon.com. Only published before in the United Kingdom, the complete novel is now available to be downloaded.

"It should be the happiest days for former special forces agent Drew Connor. Out walking in new Hampshire's White Mountains with his girlfriend Sheila Cass, he has butterflies in his stomach and an engagement ring in his pocket. Then a thunderstorm hits, and they take shelter in what Sheila thinks is a relay station for a state utility. But when Drew enters the building, he realizes they have stepped into something far more sinister...[Read More]

If you'd like to read the prologue of SIX DAYS, click here.

Reviews

"The whole shebang is as American as apple pie and handguns in the classroom. Of course there's an almighty conflagration at the climax, but DuBois shapes a tight sentence and the plot crackles along." -- Sunday Age newspaper

"A well-paced, exciting "what-if" thriller." -- Irish Independent newspaper

"...DuBois injects such pace into his writing that the story rips breathlessly along." -- Birmingham (UK) Post

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Final Winter

Days after 9/11, the White House set up a top secret counter-terrorism organization that consists of several groups, called Tiger Teams. Each Tiger Team has a representative from a different agency: the CIA, the National Security Agency, U.S. Department of Defense Special Operations, Centers from Disease Control, and so on.

Each team has a Presidential mandate to do whatever it takes to prevent a terrorist attack upon the United States, meaning each team has an unlimited budget and minimal oversight, to give them freedom of movement and action. Their authority extends over the breadth of the U.S. government, and their orders ensures instant response when something is requested by a Tiger Team member.

In Tiger Team Seven, one of its members is New York City Police Detective Brian Doyle, an unhappy member of the team who resents the fact that he was "volunteered" by the NYPD to take part in this agency's work. However, his skills as a street cop and tough inquisitor makes him a unique asset to Tiger Team Seven.

As FINAL WINTER begins, Tiger Team Seven has determined that within four weeks, a major, coordinated terrorist attack will take place against numerous metropolitan centers in the United States, resulting in the deaths of millions of citizens and the collapse of American society. Their mission is to do whatever it takes to prevent such an attack from occurring, even if it means secretly and illegally immunizing the American population.

But as work frantically begins to halt this deadly attack, there is a traitor at work within Tiger Team Seven...

Reviews

"DuBois, known primarily for his Lewis Cole detective series, offers up a stand-alone thriller built around the threat of a massive anthrax terrorist attack . . . DuBois's execution is inventive, with plot twists good enough to keep readers whipping through the pages." -- Publisher's Weekly

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Twilight

For years UN peacekeepers have been deployed to war- torn regions of the world, from Rwanda to Serbia, Congo to East Timor. Now it's America's turn.

Samuel Simpson is a young, idealistic journalist from Canada, and seeking adventure, volunteers to become a records-keeper for a UN war- crimes investigation team at work in upper New York State. Months earlier, a crippling terrorist attack against the United States resulted in its cities emptied, its countryside set afire, and its government shaken to its knees.

In the aftermath of this attack, a virtual civil war broke out, until UN peacekeepers arrived to establish an uneasy peace. While Samuel and his team travel through the New York countryside, searching for evidence of an atrocious war, he quickly realizes that death is quick to strike from any farmhouse, road corner or rest area.

Even more chillingly, he begins to suspect that there is a traitor in his team, trying not only to conceal evidence of this war crime, but working to betray and kill them all...

Reviews

"With exceptional restraint and the accretion of small and telling details, DuBois, already acclaimed for his 2003 thriller BETRAYED, leaps to the forefront of speculations on the future of the war on terror with this quietly devastating cautionary tale. His callow but sympathetic hero, Canadian journalist Samuel Simpson has joined a United Nations unit attempting to father evidence against those responsible for a devastating terror attack and document war crimes in the ensuring civil strife. In a twist Rod Serling would have been proud of, DuBois reveals that Simpons's beleaguered team, dodging gunfire in a shattered landscape, is assigned to the United States, which has fallen into anarchy after a dirty bomb destroyed lower Manhattan and other attacks seriously damaged electrical systems across the country. The balance between action and introspection is superb, and DuBois is confident enough of his readership and his premise to avoid a pat, upbeat unending. Those seeking a thoughtful look at a plausible aftermath of further attacks on America will find much to ponder. ." -- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"A UN team charged with documenting war crimes dodges warring local militas -- and every bullet is fired in upstate New York in DuBois's riveting day-after-tomorrow thriller... "Red rules!" is the battle cry in the countryside around Albany in the days after a suitcase nuke is detonated in lower Manhattan. Seeing a country driven to its knees by terrorist attacks, deprived of two centuries of civilized comforts and divided by civil war, the UN dispatches squads to keep the fragile armistice among battling factions and arrest the perpertrators of war crimes and document atrocities. Samuel Simpson has left his job as a features writer at the Toronto Star to serve with half a dozen comrades from around the world whose mission is to find SIte A, the mass graveyard where a militia buried hundred of civilians they massacred. DuBois does such a razor-sharp job of detailing the surreal perils of the war-torn American landscape that the plot -- Samuel's suspicions that one of his mates may be a traitor, his separation from the rest of them and his adventures on his own, and even the quest for Site A before an impending renegotiation of the armistice offers amnesty to the zealots responsible for the slaughter -- inevitably comes off a series of anticlimaxes. The nightmarish can't-happen-here premise perfectly suits DuBois's dark imagination. Don't hold your breath waiting for the movie.." -- Kirkus

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Dead of Night

For years UN peacekeepers have been deployed to war- torn regions of the world, from Rwanda to Serbia, Congo to East Timor. Now it's America's turn.

Samuel Simpson is a young, idealistic journalist from Canada, and seeking adventure, volunteers to become a records-keeper for a UN war- crimes investigation team at work in upper New York State. Months earlier, a crippling terrorist attack against the United States resulted in its cities emptied, its countryside set afire, and its government shaken to its knees.

In the aftermath of this attack, a virtual civil war broke out, until UN peacekeepers arrived to establish an uneasy peace. While Samuel and his team travel through the New York countryside, searching for evidence of an atrocious war, he quickly realizes that death is quick to strike from any farmhouse, road corner or rest area.

Even more chillingly, he begins to suspect that there is a traitor in his team, trying not only to conceal evidence of this war crime, but working to betray and kill them all...

Reviews

None as of yet.

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Primary Storm

Every four years, the spotlight of the world turns to the tiny state of New Hampshire, as the voters in its primary help choose the next president of the United States. Usually, Lewis Cole, a magazine columnist and ex-Department of Defense research analyst, tries to stay out of the spotlight. However, when he attends a political rally for the front-running senator, gunfire breaks out, and Lewis becomes the initial suspect in the attempted assassination.

With the Secret Service shadowing his every move, with his budding romance with a campaign volunteer in jeopardy, and with the threat of continued violence against him and the candidate, Lewis desperately tries to find out who set him up for the attempted killing, and who is still stalking him.

Lewis is operating in the glare of the news media and among aggressive campaign rivals as he also tries to keep secret a decades-old connection with the leading presidential candidate, a secret that could have shattering consequences if revealed.

Drawing on his own shadowy government background and with the assistance of his friend Felix Tinios, a man with a foot on each side of the law, Lewis dives into the unsavory world of presidential politics, where secrets are traded for favors, where votes are cast and sometimes discarded, and where a trail of bodies and broken promises can lead to the White House.

Reviews

"In DuBois's stirring sixth Lewis Cole mystery (after 2004's Buried Dreams), the former Department of Defense employee, now a magazine writer in the small resort town of Tyler Beach, N.H., is preparing to quietly ride out the madness of a presidential primary. But when Cole is arrested for shooting at one of the leading candidates, he finds himself embroiled in a chilling and personally dangerous investigation. With his usual coolness and clarity of thought and action, he deals with the accusations, a dead body on his doorstep and politics at their worst. The snowy, cold New Hampshire winter forms the perfect backdrop to the twisting, surprising plot. By the end, readers will smile at the triumph of justice for even the most average of citizens." -- Publisher's Weekly

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Final Winter

Days after 9/11, the White House set up a top secret counter-terrorism organization that consists of several groups, called Tiger Teams. Each Tiger Team has a representative from a different agency: the CIA, the National Security Agency, U.S. Department of Defense Special Operations, Centers from Disease Control, and so on.

Each team has a Presidential mandate to do whatever it takes to prevent a terrorist attack upon the United States, meaning each team has an unlimited budget and minimal oversight, to give them freedom of movement and action. Their authority extends over the breadth of the U.S. government, and their orders ensures instant response when something is requested by a Tiger Team member.

In Tiger Team Seven, one of its members is New York City Police Detective Brian Doyle, an unhappy member of the team who resents the fact that he was "volunteered" by the NYPD to take part in this agency's work. However, his skills as a street cop and tough inquisitor makes him a unique asset to Tiger Team Seven.

As FINAL WINTER begins, Tiger Team Seven has determined that within four weeks, a major, coordinated terrorist attack will take place against numerous metropolitan centers in the United States, resulting in the deaths of millions of citizens and the collapse of American society. Their mission is to do whatever it takes to prevent such an attack from occurring, even if it means secretly and illegally immunizing the American population.

But as work frantically begins to halt this deadly attack, there is a traitor at work within Tiger Team Seven...

Reviews

"FOR those familiar with Resurrection Day, Betrayed or Six Days, the author will need no introduction. For those new to Brendan DuBois - read the blurb on the cover: 'It only takes one traitor to bring America to the brink of annihilation.' Post 9/11 there has been a plethora of novels of this kind. This may be one of the better ones... There are many surprising moves and counter acts in this fast paced well written book. " -- Howick and Pakuranga (NZ) Times

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Buried Dreams

Retired Department of Defense research analyst Lewis Cole loves his small New Hampshire town of Tyler Beach, and he shares this affection with his friend Jon Ericson, an eccentric retiree who's convinced Vikings had once lived in their town, more than a thousand years ago.

For years Ericson has searched for artifacts to prove Vikings had a settlement on the New Hampshire coastline, and when Lewis gets a phone message from Ericson that he's finally found this evidence, Lewis races over to congratulate him.

But when he reaches Ericson's house, however, there is no celebration: there is only a crime scene. In the minutes after the excited phone call, someone has brutally murdered Lewis' friend and stolen the artifacts. Who could have committed such a crime? Ericson's estranged brother, a convict who deals in stolen antiques? A disgruntled town resident, jealous of Ericson's quest? Or someone else who would easily kill to cover up such an archaeological discovery? These questions and others haunt Lewis, but Lewis is sure of one thing: he intends to avenge Ericson's death, recover the missing Viking artifacts, and honor his friend's memory, even if it means paying a stiff price -- exchanging his beachfront home for a prison cell.

Reviews

"Journalist Lewis Cole digs up more than he bargains for when he investigates the death of an amateur archaeologist. Even Cole doesn't understand why he's so shaken by Jon Ericson's murder. Their acquaintance was brief --a handful of encounters over the course of a summer -- with most of the conversation taken up with Jon's theory that his Viking ancestors had migrated far enough south from Newfoundland to establish colonies on New Hampshire's abbreviated seacoast. But when he arrives at Ericson's one night, hoping finally to see the artifacts that prove the offbeat theory, Cole finds the house shrouded in crime scene tape and can't let the case alone... So much geography you'll want a road map, but briskly paced, with a neatly sprung ending." -- Kirkus

"Lewis Cole, a retired 'research analyst' for the U.S. Department of Defense, is trying to live a peaceful life in the small resort town of Tyler, New Hampshire. If only mysteries would stop landing on his doorstep. Take Jon Ericson, for example, a guy who wanders into town looking for evidence that Tyler Beach was once the site of a Viking settlement. Cole never heard of the guy until he showed up one day, but they become friends, and then, soon after Ericson tells Cole he has found the evidence he has been looking for, he turns up dead, leaving Cole another crime to solve. Cole has the broad shoulders a character needs to anchor a long-running series (we sense there are untapped depths to him), and this fifth entry will have readers hoping there are many more to follow.." -- Booklist

"This taut, homespun whodunit takes the reader on an exhilarating ride the length and breadth of New Hampshire, from the university at Durham to the office of a questionable 'First People' advocacy group in a rundown waterfront neighborhood, culminating in an unexpectedly chilling conclusion." -- Publisher's Weekly

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Betrayed (US)

For nearly three decades, the fate of 2,000 American servicemen, missing in action in Vietnam, has remained a mystery. Now, with the ring of a doorbell, the mystery of some is about to be solved.

Smalltown newspaper editor, Jason Harper, answers his door in the middle of the night to see an older man, shabbily dressed, with gray hair and a beard. And in a split second, Jason's life turns upside down. The man claims to be Jason's older brother, Roy, shot down over North Vietnam in 1972.

Jason's joy at reuniting with his brother is quickly tempered as ruthless killers begin pursuing his family and friends, and as his faith in the man's claims threatens to tear his family apart. Author Brendan DuBois pulls readers along for a harrowing ride on a deadly mission to reveal the truth.

Reviews

"From the author of the Lewis Cole mysteries: a hair-raising thriller about Vietnam MIAs who, it turns out, were never more than semi-missing... the story grabs, and the pages turn, testimony to the power of the narrative." -- Kirkus

"The nagging doubt that our government has never really done everything in its power to discover the final fate of hundreds of Vietnam War MIAs explodes into a dark and totally credible cloud of fear and anger in Brendan DuBois' powerful and heartbreaking new thriller." -- The Chicago Tribune

"DuBois, whose Resurrection Day (1999) had JFK's Bay of Pigs debacle actually starting WWIII, sets up another frighteningly plausible scenario in his latest smart and heartbreaking thriller. Suppose a group of Vietnam MIAs had been secretly shipped to the Soviet Union, where intelligence agents grilled them constantly for almost 30 years? What would've happened to these men when the U.S.S.R. fell apart?" -- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

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Betrayed (UK)

In his newest thriller since SIX DAYS, Brendan DuBois explores the darkest secret of the Vietnam War: the ultimate fate of nearly 2,000 American servicemen, reported missing in action. As BETRAYED begins, it's a typical night at home in Maine for small town newspaper editor Jason Harper, his wife and small boy. Life is good, life is content, until the doorbell rings. There, standing dirty and disheveled on their doorstep, is a man in his 50's, a man claiming to be Jason's older brother Roy, a man reported MIA in 1972, when his B-52 was shot down over Hanoi. The questions and the danger instantly begin: is this man really Jason's older brother? Where has he been held captive these past thirty years? Are there other MIAs, still alive, all these years later? And why have men been sent to kill Jason and his family, the very night this stranger shows up at their home?

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Tales from the Dark Woods

This latest collection of short fiction from Brendan DuBois features ten short stories, including the Shamus Award-winning story, "The Necessary Brother". Along with the short stories is a forward by the author, plus a brief introduction to each story.

Praise for Brendan DuBois' Short Fiction

"Brendan DuBois has written various kinds of fiction, all of it good, some of it brilliant. Despite writing numerous fine novels, including the wonderfully evocative RESURRECTION DAY, which examined an alternate history where the Cuban Missile Crisis erupted into full-fledged war, he is best known for his short fiction, which always has one or two twists that you never see coming. Along with Clark Howard, he is, with good reason, the preeminent crime story author of his generation....With DuBois, the only sure thing is that whatever the circumstances, a story by him is always worth reading" -- Ed Gorman

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The Dark Snow and Other Mysteries

To say that Brendan DuBois writes Thrillers is equivalent to saying that Faberge was pretty good at decorating eggs. Not exactly wrong but a vast understatement of their accomplishments. Brendan DuBois's stories are not only filled with conflict, tension, and mystery, but they also dig into the issues that dominate our times. Several of them, like the Edgar-nominated title story, are about people who served in the murky and amoral world of international intrigue and now want only tranquility in a New England town -- but their pasts come back. Others, like the Shamus-winning "The Road's End," combine detection with the tension of the hunt -- but who is the hunter and who the hunted? The stories are about revenge and betrayal, but above all they are about putting down roots and finding identity.

The Dark Snow and Other Mysteries includes a new introduction is by the author and a complete Brendan DuBois checklist.

Reviews

"Shamus winner Brendan DuBois, the author of Killer Waves (Forecasts, May 20) and other novels in his Lewis Cole series, collects the Edgar-nominated title story and 10 other top-notch crime tales in The Dark Snow and Other Mysteries. An author foreword and checklist add further value." -- Publishers Weekly, Sept 16, 2002

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Killer Waves

In the fourth adventure featuring retired Department of Defense analyst Lewis Cole, a man is found murdered near Cole's beachfront home. Soon, the Feds are investigating the death, and bring in a reluctant Cole to assist. The investigation leads from small town police departments to an old story about captured U-boats after World War II brought to a port up the coast. But Cole soons find out that the Feds are keeping deadly secrets from him about the man and his death, secrets that may have terrifying consequences for Cole and for thousands of others.

Reviews

Killer Waves "is jam-packed with secrets and shady characters, but the most compelling thing about it is Cole himself... Like Dan Barton's Biff Kincaid, or even Gregory Mcdonald's Fletch, Cole is someone we simply enjoy spending time with. Crime fiction is filled to the brim with first-person narrators; Lewis Cole has a voice to die for." -- Booklist

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Six Days

"It should be the happiest days for former special forces agent Drew Connor. Out walking in new Hampshire's White Mountains with his girlfriend Sheila Cass, he has butterflies in his stomach and an engagement ring in his pocket. Then a thunderstorm hits, and they take shelter in what Sheila thinks is a relay station for a state utility. But when Drew enters the building, he realizes they have stepped into something far more sinister...[Read More]

If you'd like to read the prologue of SIX DAYS, click here.

Reviews

"The whole shebang is as American as apple pie and handguns in the classroom. Of course there's an almight conflagration at the climax, but DuBois shapes a tight sentence and the plot crackles along." -- Sunday Age newspaper

"A well-paced, exciting "what-if" thriller." -- Irish Independent newspaper

"...DuBois injects such pace into his writing that the story rips breathlessly along." -- Birmingham (UK) Post

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Resurrection Day

In October 1962, the world came as close as it ever has to a nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union during the thirteen days of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis began on January 1, 1959, when Fidel Castro took control of the island nation of Cuba, after ousting the corrupt government of Fulgencio Batista. In the months that followed, Castro''s government became closely aligned with the Soviet Union, and in these tense years of the Cold War, it became intolerable to many in the United States that a Soviet ally should be established in a country not more than 90 miles from America.

Reviews

"Cohesively plotted and smoothly written, steadily exciting and rife with clever conceits, this is what-if thriller fiction at its finest." -- Publisher's Weekly, May 17, 1999

"DuBois' tale is a feast for the mind, a what-if story that's so plausible it reads, at times, like nonfiction. In every way, this is a first rate novel and one that is sure to appeal to a wide variety of readers." -- Booklist, April 15, 1999

"A clever premise and interesting characters make this one a page turner." -- The Boston Sunday Herald

"DuBois has done an extraordinary job of envisioning a world that might have been." -- Rocky Mountain News

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Shattered Shell

It's in the middle of January, all of the tourists are gone, and among the empty and shuttered hotels and motels, an arsonist is at work. Lewis Cole -- who hates to see his community threatened -- begins to investigate these arsons, while at the same time, a close friend is beaten and brutally raped. Now, he is hunting for an arsonist and a rapist, both who have shattered the calmness of a New Hampshire winter.

Reviews

SHATTERED SHELL "...was worth waiting for: DuBois tells a strong, poignant story, meanwhile creating an exceptionally vivid picture of a New England coastal town held in winter's grip... DuBois brings his characters to life gradually with a carefully chosen mixture of light and shadow -- giving even secondary players full credibility." -- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"DuBois... plots respectably. And there are enough sides to his hero to hold your interest." -- Kirkus Reviews

"DuBois keeps readers guessing with a skillfully designed plot full of twists, and his vivid descriptions of the seashore in winter provide strong atmosphere and nicely complement the gloomy moral landscape. Recommend this too-little-known series to fans of crime New England style." -- Booklist

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Black Tide

The sequel to DEAD SAND has Lewis Cole looking into the mystery surrounding an oil spill on the beaches of Tyler, and the headless and handless corpse of a diver, washing ashore in front of his house. Add in a puzzle involving three missing Winslow Homer paintings, and Lewis Cole soon finds himself in the fight of his life.

Reviews

BLACK TIDE is "...one of the most sharply plotted mysteries of the season." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"DuBois' dry wit and laid-back writing style play nicely off the taut, action-packed plot. BLACK TIDE will appeal to a wide range of mystery fans." -- Booklist

"DuBois paints a vivid picture of Cole's life in controlled, seductive prose." -- Publisher's Weekly

"With plenty of rugged action and quick spook-type thinking, DuBois has constructed an absorbing tale of greed and utter ruthlessness." -- York County Coast Star

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Dead Sand

In the first book of the Lewis Cole series, the hanging death of a teenage waitress at the resort community of Tyler Beach sets Lewis on a trail involving corruption, deceit, and the cover-up of a forty-year old murder.

Reviews

"Lewis Cole is an interesting new amateur detective with an honorable but secret past... The reader will be glad to meet Cole again." -- the Associated Press

"A fine mystery... DuBois has created a fascinating main character; good minor characters and an iconoclastic view of the New Hampshire seacoast." -- The Boston Globe

"Lewis Cole will remind hard-boiled hero fans of Robert B. Parker's Spenser: both sleuths are rugged, clever, ethical, erudite and lovable. A winner on all counts: plot, action, characters and suspense. Let's hope Lewis Cole will be making regular appearances from now on." -- Booklist

"DuBois's characters are amply fleshed out and his pacing is superb." -- Indianapolis Star

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