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Tales from The Dark Snow [Kindle Edition]

Brendan DuBois
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"The first time I read "The Dark Snow," I found it almost unbearingly suspenseful and immediately selected it for "The Best American Mystery Stories of the Year." It stayed with me so powerfully that a few years later I used in "The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century." It is impossible for me to overpraise this utterly brilliant story." --Otto Penzler, The Mysterious Bookshop

"If you judge the best best stories by their impact and by how long they scratch at your memory, the one that's truly worth the price of admission (less than 4 cents a page!) [The Dark Snow] was written by an artist I had not read before: Brendan DuBois. It is the tale of a man who retires to bucolic New Hampshire, where he is harassed by persistent and increasingly malevolent neighbors. We underrate the pleasure and sheer fun some people get by hurting others. DuBois makes it clear, as he makes clear how difficult it is to cope with forms of harassment hard to pin down and scarcely illegal. Isolated, the flawed hero flounders, but he won't run away and learns to cope by toying with illegality as his tormentors do. A common murderer in the end but an uncommon planner, the hero handles his predicament successfully and to this reader's immense satisfaction." --- Eugen Weber, "The Los Angeles Times"

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


For the first time ever, award-winning mystery author Brendan DuBois has assembled the six prize-winning short stories featuring retired black ops expert Owen Taylor. Four of these stories first appeared in "Playboy" magazine, with the initial story, "The Dark Snow," being nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award, and later appearing in numerous anthologies, including "The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century."

This unique anthology also includes:

-- Author forward and afterward

-- Publication history of each story

-- Author insight on how each story was written and published

-- Plus a never-before-published Owen Taylor story, "The High Ground"


Brendan DuBois of New Hampshire is the award-winning author of twelve novels and more than 110 short stories. His latest novel, "Deadly Cove," will be published in July 2011 by St. Martin's Press.

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. Another one of his short stories appeared in in "The Year's Best Science Fiction 22nd Annual Collection" (St. Martin's Griffin, 2005) edited by Gardner Dozois

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. Visit his website at

Cover art by Jeroen ten Berge. Visit his website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 273 KB
  • Print Length: 141 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055IH938
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short Stories You Can't Put Down October 22, 2011
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Tales from the Dark Snow is a collection of stories with a central figure who is trying to get on with his life, after serving his country in a unique way. The forces and influences he faces in his retired life say as much about our society as they do one individual. Although this central character does not consider himself especially heroic, I think most of us can identify with the positions he is forced to take. In the end we approve of his actions and can't wait to get to the next story to keep on reading about him. I have read and re-read the selection "Dark Snow" and it is one of my all-time favorite short stories, one I tell other people about all the time: it is a must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Snow December 5, 2012
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This collection of stories features Owen Taylor who has "retired" from "wet" work involving secretive Government agencies. The plan is for him to be assimilated back into 'normalacy". He is just finding his feet when a series of events conspire against him.

A lot of shady, sinister occurences seem to happen in Pinette that require Owens expertise to even the playing field so to speak. His various handlers think that they can still control and manipulate Owen and he is forced to show them the error of their ways.

Each story commences with some input from the author which I thought was a very nice idea. The stories and scenarios are quite intricate in detail. Owen was a well fleshed out character, he has been involved in some covert and violent dealings in his line of work and now he wants to be left in peace. Pinette was the first real home that he had and he would do what ever it took to maintain the status quo.

There were some formatting issues in one of the stories but overall a very enjoyable read and well written.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Domesticated Jack Reacher December 21, 2012
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This was an interesting collection given the placement of these stories in various magazines and collections. The main character, Owen Taylor, is basically Jack Reacher if that character had decided to settle in one place. This book's six stories peel back a few layers on this mysterious covert operative as he attempts to settle into domestic America but there is a great deal of repetition between them and not much depth. I read it on an airline commute between Montreal and New York (there were no delays). I am not sure that I like Owen and remain unconvinced that his opponents were that awful. So it was tough to get invested and by the time I even debated that point, the book was done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner! September 11, 2014
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Loved this. Classic DuBois. Always well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good read July 30, 2013
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This is my third Brendan DuBois book, it is the seacoast of Nh and I live here so I can deal with the places.
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