Detective Sergeant John Byron, a second-generation cop, is tasked with investigating the case—at the very moment his life is unraveling. On the outs with his department’s upper echelon, separated from his wife, and feeling the strong pull of the bottle, Byron remains all business as he tries to solve the murder of one of their own. And when another ex-Portland PD officer dies under suspicious circumstances, he quickly realizes there’s much more to these cases than meets the eye. The closer Byron gets to the truth, the greater the danger for him and his fellow detectives.
In reading Among the Shadows I was instantly drawn in, how did you learn to captivate your audience, or is it natural?
Thank you for that. I’m glad I was able to draw you in to the story. I’m not sure where that ability comes from. I know how I like to be drawn in and I guess I shoot for that when writing. I think some folks forget that all writers are readers first. We love a good story as much as the next person and I think we all write for ourselves first. As a writer the trick is learning to write what captivates you and hopefully it will have the same effect on others.
What made you want to create your own detective and write his story?
After spending twenty-eight years of my life as a police officer, more than half of which was as an investigator, writing a detective series was sort of a no-brainer. My goal is to tell an intriguing story while painting interesting characters in a very realistic setting. I want to give the readers an accurate look at the lives of police investigators through a cop’s eyes. There are many novels about police detectives written by authors who have no police experience, and although some of them do a great job of it, I wanted to bring a different perspective to the Detective Byron Mysteries. Policing changes your view of the world. I’ve tried to bring that view to life in these novels.
What can we hope to see from you next?
Well, my contract with HarperCollins calls for three books in this series. I am just finishing up the first draft of the second novel as I write this. I have plans to continue this series well beyond three books. Hopefully, there will be enough readers who thoroughly enjoy what I’ve written to help me keep the series going long into the future. For those of you who can’t wait until the next installment in the Detective Byron Mysteries, I have also penned some short fiction. My short
story Fool Proof, appearing in the 2016 Best American Mystery Stories from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is scheduled for release on October 4th.
“Compulsively readable, Among the Shadows is that rare cop novel that’s chock full of blood-and-guts detail while taking you on a ride of a lifetime. —Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassins
“Bruce Robert Coffin knows cops — how they talk, how they act, how they think — and he deploys that knowledge to devastating effect in Among the Shadows. A tense, twisty tale of greed, betrayal, and revenge, it heralds the arrival of a powerful new voice in crime fiction.” —Chris Holm, author of The Killing Kind
“Bruce Robert Coffin is the real deal: not just a veteran homicide detective, but an incredibly gifted storyteller. Among the Shadows is the best debut I’ve read in ages, filled with suspense, great writing, a perfectly realized setting in Portland, Maine (this is probably the most accurate depiction I’ve seen of that big little city), and an intriguing main character. Detective John Byron promises to become a break-out favorite among readers of crime fiction. He’s already one of mine.” —Paul Doiron, author of Widowmaker
“With the twists and racing pace of a thriller and the profound authenticity of a police procedural, Among the Shadows is the kind of debut crime novel that could only be written by an ex-cop.” —Brian Thiem, author of Red Line
“Bruce Robert Coffin’s debut crime novel is a compelling page-turner that keeps you guessing – and rooting for his determined investigator – until the very end.” —Kate Clark Flora, author of Finding Amy
|Author:||Bruce Robert Coffin|
|Source:||Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours|
|Publisher & Date:||September 13th 2016 by Witness Impulse|
|ISBN:||0062569465 (ISBN13: 9780062569462)|
|Series:||Detective Byron #1|
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