St. Martin's, Jun 2002, 24.95, 352 pp.
Near his Tyler Beach, New Hampshire home, retired Department of Defense research analyst (at least that is the title of the job description) Lewis Cole finds a murdered corpse in a nearby state park wildlife preserve parking lot. Though curious, the freelance writer has no plans to follow up on the homicide. However, the next day Feds arrive warning Lewis to stay out of their investigation though they do provide him with a lot of information about the victim.
Surprised by their approach and knowing how a Fed acts from experience, Lewis does a bit of digging and quickly learns that his visitors showed him fake Ids and that a deadly mob is involved. Lewis is revisited by an assortment of characters. Some demand he solve the case threatening to destroy his financial standing including his retirement pension while others threaten to kill him if he continues to make inquiries. Lewis trusts no one and feels he has no choice but to investigate. However, he plans to do it his style.
KILLER WAVES, the latest Cole thriller is an exciting who-done-it that never quite seems real though readers will enjoy Lewis' investigation. The story line is fun yet feels slightly off kilter requiring a stretch as to why anyone wants Lewis involved. Still Cole is a strong protagonists and Brendan DuBois' fans will enjoy his latest escapade, but feel it falls a bit short of THE SHATTERED SHELL.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner