Sean Doolittle grew up in southeastern Nebraska, graduating from Norris High School. His first novel, Dirt , was chosen as one of the “100 Best Books of 2005” by the editors of Amazon.com, and his second novel, Burn , was the winner of the gold medal in the mystery category of ForeWord Magazine‘s 2003 Book of the Year award. His latest novel is Lake Country .
Doolittle’s earliest publishing success came in the form of short stories, with his first published story appearing in 1991, in the now-defunct Cavalier magazine. Many of his early short stories fell into the “horror” genre. His short fiction has appeared in numerous publications, including the 2002 volume of The Year’s Best Mystery Stories (James Ellroy, guest editor). He lives in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife and daughter.
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It’s a clear autumn L.A. morning and professional loafer Quince Bishop is sitting in the front row of his best friend’s funeral, when a band of guerrilla environmentalists crash the ceremony to deliver a lecture on the high cost of dying in America. One violent impulse later, Quince finds himself up to his waist in dirt…and he hasn’t even begun to dig himself a hole.
Doolittle’s premiere novel was named one of the 100 Best Books of 2001 by the editors at Amazon.com, and a Book of the Day at BookSense.com.
It’s the middle of a sweltering late-summer heat wave in Los Angeles. In the nearby mountains, a seasonal wildfire burns out of control. If not for this fire, authorities might never have discovered wreckage of an Alfa Romeo convertible — or the body of the car’s driver — in the dense underbrush at the bottom of Topanga Canyon. But when firefighters happen across the crash site while battling the nearby blaze, it’s only a matter of time and basic forensics before the apparent accident is upgraded to homicide.
It was one hell of an inheritance for former Chicago reporter Tom Coleman: a broken-down pickup truck, ramshackle campground, a canoe livery — and one pot-smoking, barely working employee he doesn’t need, doesn’t want, and can’t afford. But the truth is, after losing a child and a marriage, Tom doesn’t really care. And life is nice and quiet in the middle of nowhere. Until a drug lab blows up near his property — putting Tom in contact with the woman he once loved, a small-town cop with a chip on his shoulder, and a powerful local who doesn’t want him poking his nose where it doesn’t belong.
Busted to night patrol at a robbery-prone Omaha supermarket, Matthew Worth is doing time, wearing his uniform, and asking shoppers if they want paper or plastic. If that isn’t enough, he suspects he might be falling for Gwen, the shy checkout girl who may be an even bigger mess than he is. When Gwen comes to him one night scared and desperate for help, Worth discovers just how far he’s willing to go to protect and serve.
In Safer, a young couple moves into an idyllic little cul-de- sac — and ignites a harrowing journey into darkness as a shocking accusation is made, a family is shattered, and the mystery of a long-ago crime begins to unravel.
After Mike Barlowe’s friend — Darryl Potter, a fellow ex-Marine combat veteran — kidnaps the daughter of a man who killed Darryl’s friend in a hit-and-run, it is up to Mike to stop his friend before he does something he truly regrets, but a news reporter, the police and a bounty hunter begin to complicate things.
posted to the web March 2006 sdc / last updated October 2016 sdc