- Series: A Lewis Cole Mysteries (Book 6)
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1St Edition edition (September 19, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312327331
- ISBN-13: 978-0312327330
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
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Primary Storm (A Lewis Cole Mysteries) Hardcover – September 19, 2006
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In DuBois's stirring sixth Lewis Cole mystery (after 2004's Buried Dreams), the former Department of Defense employee, now a magazine writer in the small resort town of Tyler Beach, N.H., is preparing to quietly ride out the madness of a presidential primary. But when Cole is arrested for shooting at one of the leading candidates, he finds himself embroiled in a chilling and personally dangerous investigation. With his usual coolness and clarity of thought and action, he deals with the accusations, a dead body on his doorstep and politics at their worst. The snowy, cold New Hampshire winter forms the perfect backdrop to the twisting, surprising plot. By the end, readers will smile at the triumph of justice for even the most average of citizens. (Sept.)
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The Lewis Cole novels are all excellent and Primary Storm is no exception. In this installment, the primaries have come to New Hampshire and Lewis is swept up in them. The novel begins: “Two days before I was arrested for attempted murder . . . .” Lewis is dating a young woman who is campaigning for a presidential candidate, a presidential candidate whose wife Lewis once dated when he was a student at Indiana University. Prior to attending a campaign event Lewis is visited by an individual claiming to be a member of the Secret Service. Lewis is a ‘person of interest’ with a strange past; the Secret Service agent simply wants to talk to him as part of their clearance protocols prior to the campaign event. At the event Lewis steps outside to toss up the remains of his lobster dinner from the night before, returning to find that some shots have been fired inside the facility. With his gun. And with his fingerprints (and his alone) on that gun.
If that wasn’t enough, Lewis is also pressed/threatened by an operative from another campaign to aid his candidate in ways that offend Lewis’ values and sensibilities--time to call Felix Tinios to help explain the facts of life to that operative.
The story is then a linear narrative, with Lewis attempting to determine what’s really going on, who’s behind the plotting and what are the intentions of his old college girlfriend. In the process he attempts to keep his new relationship on an even keel, to identify the individual who presented himself as a Secret Service agent (before turning up dead on Lewis’ steps) and to stay in touch with Detective Woods, Newspaperwoman Quinn, pal Felix and other Tyler Beach habitués.
The story is engaging and the cold pizza/allnighters/misguided loyalties ethos of a political primary campaign is evoked nicely. The ocean is suitably cold, the rocks suitably hard and dangerous, the bad guys suitably plentiful and there is the further benefit of a somewhat predictable but still successful twist at the end.
Only one quibble, and that is a common quibble with the Lewis Cole novels, indeed with many crime fiction narratives. There comes a point in many of these stories when the protagonist is captured by the villains and must not only solve the crime but also escape from handcuffs and a dark dungeon (or, in the case of the most recent James Bond novel, burial alive). This is an annoyingly predictable plot point. It is particularly annoying with Lewis Cole because Lewis has a tendency to walk into these situations without backup and without the awareness that he is (obviously) walking into a bad situation. I very much look forward to the next Lewis Cole novel, but I implore the author to stop permitting Lewis, who is otherwise so shrewd, to stop coming down with attacks of the stupids. Felix is only a phone call away; so is Diane.
The sixth novel in the Lewis Cole series, I recommend it highly (except for that capture scene).
By the way the story line is a little preposterous.