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"I read everything Brendan DuBois writes. Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, it doesn't matter. He's one of the best." --- Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo award-winning author

"...Brendan DuBois is one of the two or three finest short story writers of my time." --- mystery editor and author Ed Gorman

“It is impossible for me to overpraise Brendan DuBois.” --- Otto Penzler, The Mysterious Bookshop

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From award-winning author mystery author Brendan DuBois comes this unique collection of twelve tales of crime and mystery from his rural home state of New Hampshire. Included are:

"The Right Call": Newspaper reporter Jack Spooner has been exiled to a rural town, where every week, he gets a crank phone call from a man claiming to be a mass murderer. Jack begins investigating the source of the call, and starts to discover that perhaps the man isn't a crank at all.

"Rising Waters": An investigator from the Department of Justice visits his elderly aunt and uncle during a lengthy rainstorm that threatens to flood out their rural home. Yet the more time he spends with the couple, the more he's convinced that the rising waters are revealing a hidden, horrible crime from long ago.

"To Kill An Ump": More than fifty years after he left his small New Hampshire town in disgrace, Randy Jarvis is returning, with a .38 revolver and a grudge against the minor league umpire who destroyed his major league baseball dreams back in 1958.


Brendan DuBois of New Hampshire is the award-winning author of 130 short stories and sixteen novels including his latest, “Deadly Cove,” part of the Lewis Cole mystery series (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 by Houghton-Mifflin, 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. Visit his website at

Stone Cold, Blood Red: N.H. Tales of Mystery by Brendan DuBois

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