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Brendan DuBois of New Hampshire is the award-winning author of sixteen novels and more than 120 short stories.
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 other magazines and anthologies including “The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century,” published in 2000 by Houghton-Mifflin.
His short 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 one-time “Jeopardy!” game show champion. Visit his website at www.BrendanDuBois.com.
on Oct. 02, 2014 :
When I read the synopsis for Dead Sand, I was worried it might turn into a male version of Murder She Wrote; a writer helps the local police of a small New England town solve a murder. Luckily this was not the case and my reservations were quickly dispelled. We follow Lewis Cole into the seedy underbelly of a vacation town, passing a myriad of well-drawn characters and potential suspects.
Although I’m not usually a fan of first person narratives, the story did not suffer from it. That being said, the narrator inundates the reader with street and building directions within the town for the first part of the book. I understand the need to paint a picture for the reader, but there seemed to be a little too much here.
Happily that is my only issue with the book. It was an enjoyable read, with a believable plot, well conceived action segments, and a satisfying finish. I will definitely be reading the sequel to this book.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)