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Shattered Shell

Award-winning mystery author Brendan DuBois' third novel in his Lewis Cole mystery series, SHATTERED SHELL, is finally available in an e-book format.

It's winter time in Tyler Beach, supposedly a quiet time of the year, but an arsonist is at work in the resort town, methodically burning down its unoccupied hotels and motels --- and the police are baffled. At the same time, another monstrous act of violence shocks the tiny town. When a close friend of Lewis's is severely beaten and then raped, barely escaping with her life, Lewis's unquenchable thirst for justice is re-ignited. Using all of his old connections, including Boston mob-connected "security consultant" and friend Felix Tinios, Lewis begins his own frantic search to find the identity of both the arsonist and the rapist.


"Former Defense Department spook turned slick magazine writer Lewis Cole is back and better than ever in this third outing by Brendan DuBois. In Shattered Shell the author paints a vivid picture of a New England coastal town held in winter's grip. Cole, given a free ocean-side house in Tyler Beach, New Hampshire, and a large pension (as the only survivor of a biotech disaster), is ostensibly a columnist for Boston's Shoreline magazine. It's the cover he uses to dig into two crime stories--the rash of arson fires that are destroying closed motels in Tyler Beach and the brutal rape of the lesbian lover of Cole's best friend, police detective Diane Woods." ---

"This new one was worth waiting for: DuBois tells a strong, poignant story, meanwhile creating an exceptionally vivid picture of a New England coastal town held in winter's grip. Cole, given a free oceanside house in Tyler Beach, N.H., and a large pension after surviving a biotech disaster... is a columnist for Boston's 'Shoreline' magazine. But he hasn't given up his sleuthing ways, and here he's digging into two crime stories: the arson fires that are destroying closed motels in Tyler Beach, and the brutal rape of the young woman who is the lover of Cole's best friend, lesbian police detective Diane Woods." --- Publisher's Weekly

"DuBois keeps readers guessing with a skillfully designed plot full of twists, and his vivid descriptions of the seashore in winter provide strong atmosphere and nicely complement the gloomy moral landscape. Recommend this too-little-known series to fans of crime New England style." -- Booklist


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

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