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When a body washes up on the shore of a harbor island, LT Nichols, Laurel, Maine’s chief of police, discovers that it’s the son of Laurel’s most noteworthy summer resident, Randolph Grimes, the US Secretary of Commerce. 

The case is deemed too big for the smalltown Nichols.  A United States marshal is flown in from Washington.  When she arrests one of Laurel’s native sons for murder, Nichols has his doubts.  He launches his own investigation.  A host of federal agents line up to shut him down.

And that’s when the real trouble starts. 

FLOOD TIDE will sweep you up, throw you into a whirlpool, and have you gasping - not for air - but for the truth. LT Nichols, police chief of Laurel, Maine, cares about the truth.  But there are some who will stop at nothing to keep it from being revealed. Suspenseful and surprising, Albert Waitt's book will catch you like a riptide and pull you to a fully satisfying ending.

--Sarah Bewley, author of Burning Eden and Frozen Eden

Laurel, Maine isn’t Jessica Fletcher’s Cabot Cove, and Chief Tim Nichols isn’t damaged like Parker’s Jesse Stone, but he comes off as competent, tough, smart, and with a whisper of dry wit. It’s small town politics and power, where appearances are more than maintained. FLOOD TIDE ripples with the dark undercurrent of life and crime in a New England town.

--Gabriel Valjan, author of the Shane Cleary Mystery series

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"When twin sisters go missing, Police Chief Tim Nichols’ summer of patrolling beaches comes to an end.  A desperate search takes him from seaside bars and abandoned farms to million-dollar estates and cobbled-together shacks.   As Nichols doggedly unearths information, he finds a darkness coursing through Laurel, Maine’s sunny, tree-lined streets.  He races to piece together the girls’ disappearance, knowing that doing so may tear the façade off his postcard-perfect town."

"In seaside communities up and down the New England coast, the mega-wealthy share space with too many people who are struggling to get by. Al Waitt knows this world better than anyone — the glamorous restaurants, the dirt road hovels, the sense of entitlement, the deep-seated resentment. More than anything, he knows the people. And in this book, at once riveting and elegant, Waitt brings it all together in an exquisite and explosive read."

-Brian McGrory, The Boston Globe.  Author of Strangled and The Incumbent

“Set against the backdrop of a small coastal town, this thriller grips you like a riptide, with Waitt encapsulating a tension that will make you devour this book with a page-turning fury."

--Joe Ricker, author of All the Good in Evil and Some Awful Cunning



Albert Waitt's First Novel

It should have been easy:  Cam Preston and his family would lay his grandmother to rest by releasing her ashes into the waters off of Gray Gull Beach.  But the boast pivots at the wrong moment and re remains are blown back onto the deck.  Cam does not fail to see the symbolism.  The four years he's worked as a carpenter since graduating from college are considered "extended summer" by his parents.  And his Boston-based girlfriend is auditioning more upwardly mobile prospects. 

When Cam takes on a job turning a derelict bait shed into an upscales restaurant for a trust-fund-fed artist and her bartender ex-boyfriend, he's propelled into a summer where even his best decisions seem to only stave off disaster.





(signed copies available)

SUMMER TO FALL interview with
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