In Black Tide, we find Lewis Cole - a man with a mysterious past and skills he'd rather not have to call upon - once again facing a corpse. Only this time it's a headless and handless one, spotted bobbing on the Atlantic waves, and once again Lewis's services as an unofficial unraveler of tricky situations are brought into play.
When Lewis chose Tyler Beach, New Hampshire, as the setting for his new life, far removed from the treacheries of the government intelligence agency that once employed him, he expected peace and quiet: the simpler life with an ever-changing ocean view. Yet, suddenly, the waters he loves are fouled by an obviously preventable oil spill. And the viciously mutilated body that floats in on the tide seems another insult to the environment.
How are these events connected? Lewis doesn't suspect that they are - not until he's drawn into doing a peculiar favor for a friend, which involves finding a safe house that's been lost and tracking the whereabouts of a cache of stolen paintings by Winslow Homer, America's most celebrated marine artist.
Without warning, murder strikes again at the seacoast calm and Lewis realizes that the leads he's following are the right ones. But can he prove that one villain has been pulling the strings - and still escape with his life?
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Brendan DuBois is on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America.From Publishers Weekly:
Sitting on the deck of his New Hampshire beach house with a couple of Molsons, retired agency man and occasional journalist Lewis Cole is bemoaning the recently oil-soaked coastline when he sees a corpse drift in. Lewis, who is recovering from an operation to remove a benign but puzzling tumor, a result of his participation in a Department of Defense experiment in Nevada (recounted in Dead Sand), is trying to trace the ownership of the tanker that spilled the oil. He also agrees to help a lesbian cop pal who has a new guy on the force interested in her and to advise, for a fee, his neighbor Felix, a onetime criminal who knows the whereabouts of three famous purloined paintings. Teasing us with Cole's agency history and the incident that ended his employment, DuBois spins a convoluted narrative that embraces the theft of the paintings from an art gallery, the financial woes of the gallery owner and a security guard, the amorous cop, the owner of the leaky ship and the floater. Successfully untangling this surfeit of plot lines, DuBois paints a vivid picture of Cole's life in controlled, seductive prose.
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Book Description Otto Penzler Books, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111883402581
Book Description Otto Penzler Books, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1883402581
Book Description Otto Penzler Books, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. first edition edition. 398 pages. 8.50x5.80x1.30 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1883402581