Books by Brendan Dubois

Award winning mystery/suspense author Brendan DuBois is a former newspaper reporter and a lifelong resident of New Hampshire, where he lives with his wife Mona, their hell-raising cat Roscoe, and one happy English Springer Spaniel named Tucker. He is cur

HARD AGROUND by Brendan Dubois
Released: April 3, 2018

"A low-impact chamber exercise best suited to fill the time between Storm Cell (2016) and whatever higher-octane adventure is around the next corner."
As magazine writer Lewis Cole convalesces from his latest medical adventures, the old house to which he's effectively confined becomes ground zero for every scrap of intrigue in New Hampshire. Read full book review >
STORM CELL by Brendan Dubois
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Though the plot eventually bogs down in details of civic malfeasance, nobody is better than DuBois at kicking his reluctant hero into action or at rooting every complication in something that feels disconcertingly like the normal rhythms of life outside the justice system."
His 10th case drives a deep wedge—make that several wedges—between former government research analyst Lewis Cole and his long-standing comrade in arms Felix Tinios. Read full book review >
NIGHT ROAD by Brendan Dubois
Released: Feb. 8, 2016

"A bonus: just when you think you know exactly how this mishmash will turn out, DuBois throws in a pleasing final surprise that will make you forgive the soft-boiled ending."
A truck laden with suspicious and perhaps dangerous cargo is crossing from Canada to the U.S., and everyone on either side of the border wants a piece of the action. Read full book review >
FATAL HARBOR by Brendan Dubois
Released: May 15, 2014

"It's also definitely incomplete. This sequel probably should have been published as Part 2 of Deadly Cove (2011), which presented the Falconer demonstration up close and personal. Unless you're still as haunted as Lewis is by the events of Part 1, you may think you're walking into the less-interesting half of a single tale."
Lewis Cole is determined to get the anti-nuclear activist who put his best friend in a coma. And not just to send him to prison. Read full book review >
DEADLY COVE by Brendan Dubois
Released: July 5, 2011

"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."
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. Read full book review >
TWILIGHT by Brendan Dubois
Released: Nov. 29, 2007

"The nightmarish can't-happen-here premise perfectly suits DuBois's dark imagination (Primary Storm, 2006, etc.). Don't hold your breath waiting for the movie."
A UN team charged with documenting war crimes dodges warring local militias—and every bullet is fired in upstate New York in DuBois's riveting day-after-tomorrow thriller. Read full book review >
PRIMARY STORM by Brendan Dubois
Released: Sept. 26, 2006

"DuBois keeps everything deft and literate until the ending, as wild and wooly as you'd expect from the premise."
During the first-in-the-nation primary, an apolitical federal retiree is targeted in tiny Tyler Beach, N.H. Read full book review >
BURIED DREAMS by Brendan Dubois
Released: July 8, 2004

"So much geography you'll want a road map, but briskly paced, with a neatly sprung ending."
Journalist Lewis Cole (Killer Waves, 2002, etc.) digs up more than he bargains for when he investigates the death of an amateur archaeologist. Read full book review >
BETRAYED by Brendan Dubois
Released: June 12, 2003

"Not always plausible, but the story grabs, and the pages turn, testimony to the power of the narrative."
From the author of the Lewis Cole mysteries (Killer Waves, 2002, etc.): a hair-raising thriller about Vietnam MIAs who, it turns out, were never more than semi-missing. Read full book review >
KILLER WAVES by Brendan Dubois
Released: June 10, 2002

"The pace drags, the plotting is predictable, and if too-good-to-be-true Lewis (Shattered Shell, 1999, etc.) doesn't watch out, he's going to turn into a crashing bore."
Whenever there's a murder near Lewis Cole's Tyler Beach home, the ex-Government spook goes on full alert. And why not? After all, he's the only freelance writer in New Hampshire who has to know what was done to whom, and where the metaphoric body is likely to be buried. When a covey of hard-eyed, arrogant types identifying themselves as Drug Enforcement Agency officials peremptorily warn him off this time, Lewis just digs in deeper—especially when he learns that those DEA credentials are phony and that the murder in question is connected to thugs even more dangerous than the Mafia. Then suddenly, to his astonishment, Lewis finds himself in demand. Not only are his services wanted, he's informed, but if he attempts to withhold them, he could lose his bank accounts, his government pension, and his house. He's needed for two reasons: (1) his familiarity with the region, and (2) his brilliance, amply demonstrated when he put in time as a Defense Department brainiac. Just who's requesting the pleasure of his company? They won't say, and it takes a while before Lewis can penetrate that particular stone wall. When he does, however, he realizes he has no choice but to form an ad hoc alliance with powers he distrusts in order to save the MacGuffin. Read full book review >
RESURRECTION DAY by Brendan Dubois
Released: June 1, 1999

The speculative setting for DuBois's latest (after Shattered Shell, p. 106, etc.) is the world after the Cuban missile crisis got resolved the hard way. Turning from touristy Tyler Beach, New Hampshire, and his Lewis Cole series, the author focuses on a landscape bleaker in every respect. It's l972, ten years after the Russians, with nuclear warheads based in Cuba, took out New York, Washington, D.C., and a lengthy list of other significant American cities. In return, the US took out the Soviet Union—all of it. Untold millions have been killed, including President Kennedy, Vice President Johnson, and most of the Cabinet. The once-great Western power has been reduced to second-class status. In fact, had it not been for British aid during this painful decade, the nation would surely have starved. Carl Landry, a former serviceman who's now a reporter for the Boston Globe, understands how much is owed the English cousins, but he finds himself in a complex situation. Following up on what at first seems like a commonplace burglary-murder, he soon senses a cover-up. As he tracks the story for his paper, Carl learns that there may be an Anglophile conspiracy afoot, a plot that if successful would convert, or rather reconvert, the States into a British colony. Powerful interests wanted the dead man silenced, and before long, it becomes obvious that these same interests plan a similar fate for Carl. In the meantime, laudable efforts are going forward to rebuild what the bombing destroyed, and as climactic Resurrection Day approaches, the battle lines are drawn in the approved suspense fiction manner: black-hearted forces of evil on one side, simon- pure forces of good on the other. DuBois's version of life after limited nuclear war has some clever constructs, but turgid pacing and threadbare characterization reduce a promising what-if to so-so. Read full book review >
SHATTERED SHELL by Brendan Dubois
Released: March 8, 1999

It's winter in Tyler Beach, New Hampshire. The tourists have all gone home, and the hotels they stayed in are empty. And vulnerable. So somebody starts burning them down. As always when nastiness breaks out in Tyler Beach, former Defense Department hot shot (read ex-spook) Lewis Cole feels duty-bound to involve himself. Involvement ratchets up considerably when Lewis receives a phone call from close friend Diane Woods, the town's lone female detective, famous for unflappability. Not so this night, because she's also the lover of Kara Miles, who's just been raped. Diane makes a strong bid for Lewis's expertise. Which means that catching an arsonist goes on the back burner, so to speak, replaced by the more urgent need to catch a rapist. Where to start? What special kind of low-life are they looking for? These two questions become knottier when Lewis faces the chilling fact that Kara's account of the rape is not only vague but intentionally confusing. Who is she protecting? Lewis turns for help to the slick, mob-connected Felix Tenios, a scalawag, it's true, but one who has earned Lewis's trust (Black Tide, 1995, etc.). Together, they knock on doors, stumble on a corpse, and manage to get themselves arrested for murder. In the end, though, they catch Tyler Beach's rapist—who, of course, is criminally connected to Tyler Beach's arsonist. Dubois will ramble from time to time, but he plots respectably. And there are enough sides to his hero to hold your interest. Read full book review >
BLACK TIDE by Brendan Dubois
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

Scanning his patch of the New Hampshire shoreline a few days after the Petro Star runs aground and disgorges its refined cargo on the beach, Lewis Cole, the Pentagon bureaucrat who's been pensioned off to Shoreline magazine to keep him quiet about what happened to the rest of his agency, finds a new pollutant: the headless, handless body of a diver. To Lewis's two self-imposed chores—finding out who's the mysterious majority owner of Petro Associates, and identifying the corpse somebody was so determined to keep anonymous—his ill-connected friend Felix Tinios adds a third: to help him deal with a threatening correspondent who wants to know the location of a safe house where Felix admits he's got something awfully valuable stashed. It's not long before inquisitive Lewis has figured out where the house is and what's inside—three Winslow Homer canvases, the fruits of a robbery at the Scribner Museum five years back. But then the fun's just begun, as coyly protesting Felix drags Lewis deeper and deeper into danger, and Lewis, interviewing the Scribner staff and dodging bullets from Felix's business associates, finds to his astonishment that his three cases are all connected—and all lead to the insider who's bent on recovering the canvases at any cost. Lewis (Dead Sand, p. 342) is still prone to dour flashbacks to his Agency days. Somebody should tell the guy to lighten up- -after all, he's starring in one of the most sharply plotted mysteries of the season. Read full book review >
DEAD SAND by Brendan Dubois
Released: May 1, 1994

Once, when Lewis Cole was a numbers-cruncher for the Department of Defense out on his annual field training stint in the Nevada desert, all his companions were killed—and so was he, almost—by a secret Defense project. No wonder, then, that he's ready to believe the worst when teenager Lynn Germano is found hanging in her apartment in his sleepy hamlet of Tyler Beach, New Hampshire. Two other murders and the disappearance of Tyler first lady Alice Crenshaw rapidly confirm Lewis's suspicion that something stinks in Tyler; but when his stinkiest suspect, Lynn's lowlife landlord Oliver Mailloux, turns out to be one of the victims, he's forced to look deeper, into the recent discovery of a 40-year-old skeleton that all but the dumbest readers have had their eye on from chapter one. Lewis, who talks a lot about whether or not he's carrying (and which weapon), seems almost too glum for the town's routine secrets, which generate more moody atmosphere—the scenes between Lewis and his sort-of friend Felix Tinios, a local mobster, are especially anticlimactic—than plot. A sour but otherwise unremarkable debut. Read full book review >