Pocketbook Brendan Dubois Dead Sand

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Dead Sand

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9780671899981: Dead Sand

Discovering the corpse of a woman who has been buried in the sand for forty years, and the body of a recently murdered waitress, columnist Lewis Cole calls upon his local detective and mobster buddies to find if there is a connection. Reprint.

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Diane Woods, sole detective in the police department of Tyler, N.H., privately welcomes the unofficial assistance of magazine writer Lewis Cole during what amounts to a crime wave in the coastal town. Soon after an unidentified corpse, buried decades ago, is unearthed by a developer's backhoe, Lynn Germano, a waitress at the local diner, is found strangled in the "prime beachfront cottage" she rented. Felix Tinios, an acquaintance of Cole's who works freelance for organized crime, dismisses the Germano murder as amateurish. But when Cole just misses being on a boat that explodes, killing the fisherman who said he had info about the strangling, and then finds a molotov cocktail on his property, he doubts his source's veracity. First-novelist DuBois, an Edgar nominee for short fiction, spreads references to Cole's earlier departure from the Department of Defense in Nevada, which left the agency uneasy and him permanently wary, throughout the story. The narrative scraps of Cole's past mix with secret histories of current players in the coastal mysteries to yield a somewhat overstuffed tale. But DuBois continues to show promise; maybe Cole's next appearance will deliver on it.
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From Kirkus Reviews:

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. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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