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Deadly Cove: A Lewis Cole Mystery by Brendan DuBois
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Minotaur Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312566340
Date: 05 July 2011 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Thousands of protesters, some violent and some peaceful, have converged on the salt marsh surrounding New Hampshire's Falconer nuclear power plant; politicians have approved plans to build another reactor, which will create more jobs during the state's economic slump. Irate union members needing jobs and local police officers are prepared to battle the more violent protesters, especially those belonging to the Nuclear Freedom Front.

At a campground rally, Bronson Toles, anti-nuke activist and owner of a local club, is shot by a sniper hiding in the trees. Part-time PI/part-time journalist Lewis Cole investigates the killing. Soon his life and the lives of his best friends are in grave danger.

Brendan DuBois's Deadly Cove is a superb whodunit that is rich with suspense, action and human drama. The pages practically turn themselves. I heartily congratulate the author for expertly presenting both sides of the controversy surrounding the building of a nuclear power plant. I have a degree in Nuclear Engineering and feared that the novel would be slanted in favor of the liberals; however, this was not true. After reading Deadly Cove, I sympathize with both sides of the issue. Nuclear energy is like politics and religion; they are all controversial subjects that are best avoided in social gatherings.

Personally speaking, we as a nation cannot rely solely upon coal-fired plants for all of our energy needs. There is the immediate problem of pollution from tons and tons of CFCs pouring into the atmosphere. Furthermore, we cannot be held hostage by foreign governments; we need to strive for energy independence. As our population increases, we must create more jobs and maximize the usage of our natural resources. Nuclear power plants are not 100% safe (neither are coal-fired plants) and they create waste that remains radioactive for thousands of years. Windmills, solar panels, and hydroelectric dams are only feasible in certain areas of the country. Like it or not, we need to build nuclear power plants. I wouldn't want one in my back yard. Neither would I want a prison, insane asylum, or high school for that matter.

The survivor of a mysterious DoD disaster that left all of his coworkers dead, Lewis is a type of James Bond. Handsome and rugged, he carries weapons and knows how to protect himself. Lewis is also surrounded by a bevy of gorgeous babes, some of whom are extremely nice and some of whom are mean and deadly. His life-long buddy and confidant, Detective Sergeant Diane Woods, must combat the more unruly protesters. Diane's lover, Kara Miles, is one of the protesters. Lewis's former fiancée, Paula Quinn, is the assistant editor and reporter for the Tyler Chronicle and becomes a target of the sniper who shot Bronson Toles. Then there are University of New Hampshire coed and protester, Haleigh Miller and Lewis's overly demanding, obnoxious boss, Denise Pichette-Volk, at the Shoreline magazine for which he is a journalist; and the workaholic love of his life, lawyer Annie Wynn, whose entire existence revolves around getting Senator Jackson Hale elected as our country’s next president.

There is a lot of romance in this novel, most of it revolving around Lewis who is a kindhearted, caring man. Many men would be envious of his lifestyle on the picturesque New Hampshire coast; I certainly am. He is pitted against a vicious sniper who will kill anyone who gets in his way of a fortune. He wears a bandanna to conceal his identity. He hides among the protesters and strikes amidst the clouds of gas released by the police when the crowds become unruly. The October cold; the muddy, slimy marshlands; and the huge, ominous nuclear power plant combine to create the perfect backdrop for an atmospheric whodunit. The sniper is caught but the novel still has an open ending. There is still some unfinished business. Lewis, along with his mafia-connected friend, Felix Tinios, leaves Tyler in search of vengeance against another evil foe. The reader will wish him the best and wait with baited breath for the sequel.

Brendan DuBois's Deadly Cove is my first Lewis Cole novel and it definitely won't be my last. I found it to be a highly enjoyable read with all the ingredients of a good mystery: violent murder, controversial background, picturesque setting, hunky hero and gorgeous women. It is highly recommended for both fans of crime drama and old-fashioned whodunits. There is some gore, but not enough to make the reader nauseous. Furthermore, I think those involved on both sides of the nuclear energy debate should read this mystery. Fans of Lewis Cole will definitely want to purchase this latest installment in the best-selling series. Reading Deadly Cove makes me wish I'd been involved with this series since its conception.

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