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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.

The Ruins of Woodman's Village

Publication Date:  January 3, 2023

Advance Praise for:  The Ruins of Woodman's Village

"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

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Albert Waitt's First Novel:  Summer to Fall

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 ino 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.

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