"Brendan DuBois is a fine novelist and easily the best short story writer of his generation." --- New York Times bestselling author Lee Child
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Award-winning mystery author Brendan DuBois' fourth novel in his Lewis Cole mystery series, KILLER WAVES, is finally available in an e-book format.
Late one April evening, retired Department of Defense research analyst Lewis Cole notices a disturbance in the state park across an inlet from his beachfront home in Tyler Beach, New Hampshire. Curious, Cole walks over and finds a solitary man who has been shot to death in the empty wildlife preserve's parking lot. Having a dead body turn up nearly on his doorstep doesn't happen every night, but since Cole writes magazine articles, not newspaper stories, he decides to let the matter drop.
Other people have other ideas. A day after the man's death, Cole is visited by a team of Federal Agents, claiming to be from the Drug Enforcement Agency. They tell him that the murdered man was a drug courier sent to meet someone from Cole's neighborhood and the Feds want his help. Cole, who has bitter memories of dealing with the government, initially refuses, but is forced to comply when they take away his job, his savings, and even his home. He quickly learns, however, that the agents have another agenda, one that doesn't involve drug dealers at all...
"The thing about Lewis Cole is, we could listen to him forever. This time the retired Department of Defense analyst stumbles upon a car with a body inside. A bunch of mysterious characters tell him, politely, that he'd better make himself scarce. Turns out the mysterious folks are DEA -- or are they? Turns out the dead man committed suicide -- or did he? Turns out Lewis winds up working for the government, hot on the trail of a cocaine-smuggling ring -- or is it? This novel is jam-packed with secrets and shady characters, but the most compelling thing about it is Cole himself. There is something immensely charming about a man who hauls himself out of bed in the wee hours to watch the launch of a space shuttle, something endearing about a mystery hero whose feelings run close to the surface. 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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brendan DuBois of New Hampshire is the award-winning author of seventeen novels and more than 135 short stories. His latest novel, FATAL HARBOR --- the eighth novel the Lewis Cole mystery series --- was published in May 2014 by Pegasus Books.
His short fiction has appeared in Playboy, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and numerous anthologies including “The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century,” published in 2000, as well as the “The Best American Noir of the Century,” published in 2010.
His stories have twice won him the Shamus Award from the Private Eye Writers of America, and have also earned him three Edgar Allan Poe Award nominations from the Mystery Writers of America. He is also a “Jeopardy!” gameshow champion.
He is currently at work on his next Lewis Cole novel.
Visit his website at BrendanDuBois.com.
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Near his Tyler Beach, New Hampshire home, retired Department of Defense research analyst (at least that is the title of the job description) Lewis Cole finds a murdered corpse in a nearby state park wildlife preserve parking lot. Though curious, the freelance writer has no plans to follow up on the homicide. However, the next day Feds arrive warning Lewis to stay out of their investigation though they do provide him with a lot of information about the victim. Surprised by their approach and knowing how a Fed acts from experience, Lewis does a bit of digging and quickly learns that his visitors showed him fake Ids and that a deadly mob is involved. Lewis is revisited by an assortment of characters. Some demand he solve the case threatening to destroy his financial standing including his retirement pension while others threaten to kill him if he continues to make inquiries. Lewis trusts no one and feels he has no choice but to investigate. However, he plans to do it his style. KILLER WAVES, the latest Cole thriller is an exciting who-done-it that never quite seems real though readers will enjoy Lewis¿ investigation. The story line is fun yet feels slightly off kilter requiring a stretch as to why anyone wants Lewis involved. Still Cole is a strong protagonists and Brendan DuBois¿ fans will enjoy his latest escapade, but feel it falls a bit short of THE SHATTERED SHELL. Harriet Klausner