"Brendan DuBois is a fine novelist and easily the best short-story writer of his generation." --- Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author.
For years UN peacekeepers have been deployed to war-torn regions of the world from Rwanda to Serbia and Congo to East Timor.
Now it's America's turn.
Samuel Simpson is a young, idealistic journalist from Canada. Seeking adventure, he volunteers to become a records keeper for a UN war-crimes investigation team at work in upper New York State. Months earlier, a crippling terrorist attack against the United States resulted in its cities being emptied, its countryside set afire, and its government shaken to its knees.
In the aftermath of this attack, a virtual civil war broke out, until UN peacekeepers arrived to establish an uneasy peace. While Samuel and his team travel through the New York countryside, searching for evidence of an atrocious war crime, he promptly realizes that death is quick to strike from any farmhouse, road corner, or rest area. Even more chillingly, he begins to suspect that there is a traitor in his team, trying not only to conceal important evidence, but working to betray and kill them all, including the woman he loves.
Award-winning author Brendan DuBois paints a disturbing and poignant portrait in this smart, fast-paced thriller.
NOTE: This novel was first published in 2007 under the title TWILIGHT.
"With exceptional restraint and the accretion of small and telling details, DuBois, already acclaimed for his 2003 thriller BETRAYED, leaps to the forefront of speculations on the future of the war on terror with this quietly devastating cautionary tale. His callow but sympathetic hero, Canadian journalist Samuel Simpson has joined a United Nations unit attempting to father evidence against those responsible for a devastating terror attack and document war crimes in the ensuring civil strife. In a twist Rod Serling would have been proud of, DuBois reveals that Simpons's beleaguered team, dodging gunfire in a shattered landscape, is assigned to the United States, which has fallen into anarchy after a dirty bomb destroyed lower Manhattan and other attacks seriously damaged electrical systems across the country. The balance between action and introspection is superb, and DuBois is confident enough of his readership and his premise to avoid a pat, upbeat unending. Those seeking a thoughtful look at a plausible aftermath of further attacks on America will find much to ponder. ." -- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Brendan DuBois of New Hampshire is the award-winning author of seventeen novels and more than 150 short stories. His latest novel, BLOOD FOAM --- the ninth novel the Lewis Cole mystery series --- was published in June 2015 by Pegasus Books. His previous alternative history novel, RESURRECTION DAY, won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternative History Novel of the Year and was published overseas in numerous countries. His short fiction has appeared in Playboy, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Analog, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and numerous anthologies including "The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century," published in 2000, 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, and a winner of "The Chase" trivia gameshow. He is currently at work on his next novel. Visit his website at www.BrendanDuBois.com