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.
As Cole looks for answers, all he is able to find are more questions. Just where exactly was the man from? South America or the Middle East? Why was he interested in an old World War II tale involving German U-boats interned at a naval shipyard up the coast?
Cole soon realizes that these mysteries are more dangerous than he ever imagined. They are leading him back into his secretive past, one that cost him many friends and now threatens his own life.
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Brendan DuBois is an award-winning author of short stories and novels. His short fiction has appeared in various publications including Playboy and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, as well as numerous anthologies. He has twice received a Shamus Award for his short fiction and has been nominated for three Edgar Awards. DuBois's long fiction includes three previous books in the Lewis Cole series and Resurrection Day and Six Days, two suspense thrillers. DuBois lives in New Hampshire with his wife Mona.
Fourth time out is definitely not the charm for DuBois, as his series about Lewis Cole, a New Hampshire magazine writer with a mysterious past, splutters and creaks ominously. Previous entries, like Shattered Shell (1999), have explored the pleasures of living in a small coastal town as well as the dark ironies of Cole's life: as the only survivor of a disastrous Department of Defense experiment, his reward for silence is a house, a pension and a cover job as a columnist for a Boston magazine called Shoreline. Now that's all endangered by the arrival of a team of spooky federal agents (they say they're from the DEA, but Cole disproves that in a New England minute), looking into the murder of a man in a parking lot near Cole's house. DuBois weakens his interesting central character by listing virtually every single thing Cole eats and drinks - and by beating to death his hero's valid yearnings for the adventurous early days of America's space program. Meanwhile, the plot McGuffin - hidden uranium from the Nazi rocket program, no less - quickly becomes ludicrous, as does Cole's reliance on an all-too-convenient friend, a retired Boston mob enforcer who just happens to live up the road. A somewhat more promising subplot involving an attempt by ruthless new owners to jazz up the local newspaper with some sleazy tactics also receives flat handling. With any luck, DuBois will shrug this one off and return the series to the energy and imagination it showed in its first three outings.
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