Night Road

Night Road

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Dishonorably discharged from the US Coast Guard, Zach Morrow accepts a shady assignment to befriend an old classmate who is reportedly smuggling a mysterious tractor-trailer across the Canadian border.
Publisher: Woodbury, Minnesota : Midnight Ink, [2016]
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780738746395
0738746398
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 393 pages ; 21 cm

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Nov 10, 2016

CIA: “Like I said, our friends in the Security Intelligence Services up north received a tip-off that there was a shipping container coming in at the St. Lawrence Seaway that might be of potential interest. Said to be identified as a Mextel Lines container, off-loaded from an Algerian-registered vessel.” FBI: “Potential interest like smuggling maple syrup to avoid duty fees, or something more explosive?” CIA: “The latter. They got intel via cellphone intercepts and the usual chatter. Thing is, they located the shipping container. Next day, they went back to tag it so they could track it … it was gone.”

Give peace all the fxcking chance you want, war tends to settle things permanently.”

Ronnie dropped his weed money on a huge house, toys for him and his wife and in-laws and out-laws, bringing the whole Gibbons clan down to Aruba twice a year. Duncan thought it was like painting the roof of his house in bright orange and with black letters a story high, saying Drug Dealer Lives Here.

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Nov 10, 2016

hardcore stuff like meth or Oxycontin would show up on law enforcement radar like a damn Boeing 747 coming onto approach at the single skinny runway at Milan airport.

“Coast Guard Special Forces. Sounds very odd, like killer nuns or obese ballet dancers.”

“He was what was known in somewhat polite society as a horndog. Balled anything in skirts, from lobbyists to state reps. In what little spare time he had, I guess he did his job.”

“Most everyone— including Congress, the editorial board of the New York Times, and about ninety percent of the American public— forget we have a northern border.

“Why do people stay in these poor little towns? What’s the point?” Henry said, “Truth is, ma’am, most of ’em don’t have a choice. They’re born poor, in a rural area, and the only way out is through a good job, the military, or a quality education. Most of the good jobs are gone, the schools are struggling to teach the basics, and the military is so choosy now, they only select the best.”

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Nov 10, 2016

“For most of his neighbors, I bet they don’t think of him as being a criminal. From what I’ve learned from you, ma’am, in some way he’s providing a service to the residents up there. Cheap booze and cigarettes from Canada. Marijuana to whoever wants it. Loans to people would never make it through a background or credit check from a bank or a credit union.”

the motto of the club done in stitch work—“ A La Vie A La Mort”— and framed prints of Winslow Homer.

For the past few years, ever since that Kenyan got into the White House and Brewster had lost his trucking job in Texas— thanks to NAFTA and letting those wetback truckers come in and steal bread from his mouth and the mouths of so many others— he had fought the socialists and traitors that had taken his country away. At first he had joined the Tea Party and had gone to rallies and had heckled the occasional thick Congressman who had the stones to appear at an open house,

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Nov 10, 2016

He thought of April 19th, the day the first shots were fired at Concord and Lexington. The same day that the Branch Davidian compound was destroyed in Waco. The same day that the federal building in Oklahoma City was bombed.

“Banned? Really? What did he do, mix in recyclables with the regular trash?”

You know the Golden Rule: Them that has the gold, makes the rules.

The lot was about half full, with a mix of motorcycles, pickup trucks, and some SUVs. The most popular color among the four-wheeled vehicles seemed to be rust or primer.

I don’t want revenge against terrorists. I want revenge against the bureaucrats, the intelligence officers, the politicians, and everybody else who ignored the signs before 9/ 11. The ones who were too PC, too afraid to make waves, too fat and lazy.

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Nov 10, 2016

“If I had a goddamn loonie for every time one of you characters said no problem, I could afford to go to Orlando three times a year, instead of two.

“I’m Coast Guard,” Zach said. “We don’t sink.”

No offense, I don’t see many people here working twelve hours a day, or worrying about being shipped overseas. We both know the most dangerous place to be in this building is in front of the elevator banks at 5: 01 p.m.”

Double-wide he lived in burned right down to the concrete mat. Fire department got there in time to save the concrete. Cause under investigation.”

“Mean son-of-bitch, ran drugs and other shit down in Boston, responsible for killing lots of people. Government could never prove anything to put him away. Reason being, of course, that he was a confidential informant for the FBI’s Boston office.

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Nov 10, 2016

Gunfire in a rural northern New Hampshire neighborhood? It would take 105mm mortar rounds impacting in the near fields before someone would be concerned enough to call the cops.

“No, not really,” Duncan said. “Usually the guy with the bigger balls wins … and Zach had brass ones.”

Sitting in the back like this, she let Henry worry about the stressed maniacs out there who thought green lights meant go like hell, red lights meant go even faster, and that yellow lights were for wimps.

“Henry, you work and work, and gamble and gamble, and sometimes, both the work and the gamble pay off.

“The Pashtuns of Afghanistan have a saying that’s been picked up by everybody from the British to the Sicilians, that revenge is a dish best eaten cold.”

Things got real tight. You know how tight? Tight is when you go through the seat cushions, looking for coins back there, coins you can wrap up and bring to the bank so the electric don’t get shut off.”

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Nov 10, 2016

Every four years, time of the New Hampshire primary, all those nice sounding, well dressed folks come trooping through promising help for industry, help for medical care, help for everything. They grab the people’s votes and then head off to the next primary, and that’s it.

“To quote another broad with a lot on her plate, ‘We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They do not exist.’” “Who said that?” Henry asked. “Queen Victoria of Great Britain.” “That was some broad.”

“That might be your plan,” Henry said. “He might have his own.” Tanya opened the rear door. “You know what they say: when it comes to plans, God’s on the side of the heaviest artillery.”

“Motorcycle gang from Quebec. What did they threaten to do? Beat them over the head with baguettes? Choke them with Camembert cheese?”

Remember when we started bombing Libya? That wasn’t war. That was the kinetic application of military force. Like tax hikes are investment in children’s future, nonsense like that.

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Nov 10, 2016

“Tom Lehrer, the folksinger, did a song about Wernher von Braun, the German rocket scientist who came over to the Americans after the war. He was pretty slippery when it came to his wartime guilt and what he did. Lehrer’s song said something about the rockets went up, but where they went down wasn’t his department, said Wernher von Braun.”

The neighbor was a recent refugee from the Socialist Republic of Massachusetts who had escaped up to Washington County to get back to nature.

You know what they call motorcyclists who don’t wear helmets?” Zach finished off another wineglass. “Organ donors.”

“You’ve got to be joking.” A flash of temper flared through her. “No, Carl, when I’m joking, I show off my tits. Do you see any nipples?”

“What’s the dark zone?” “No cellphone coverage, no Wi-Fi, even GPS has fits up here,” Duncan said. “We are in terra incognita, beyond the pale.

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Nov 10, 2016

“Like the man said, I was born ready.” Duncan said, “I don’t know, the thought of you in diapers and carrying a pistol just freaks me out.”

You threatened my family. That’s the beginning and the end. The alpha and omega. I’m sure you understand. My family comes first, last, and forever. After you made threats like that, I can’t risk having you out there, no matter how many promises you make.”

“Jefferson said ‘The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.’”

A flash of memory, of dear old famous Diana Dean of Customs. She had single-handily prevented disaster.

Belt and suspenders. I wanted to make sure the outcome tonight was in my favor.

“The time between VJ Day and the invasion of South Korea. Our armed forces became a hollow shell. You had reservists and occupation troops from Japan, trying to fight off an invading army with surplus gear from World War II. For the first few months they got slaughtered.”

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Apr 24, 2016

“Tom Lehrer, the folksinger, did a song about Wernher von Braun, the German rocket scientist who came over to the Americans after the war. He was pretty slippery when it came to his wartime guilt and what he did. Lehrer’s song said something about the rockets went up, but where they went down wasn’t his department, said Wernher von Braun.”

The neighbor was a recent refugee from the Socialist Republic of Massachusetts who had escaped up to Washington County to get back to nature.

You know what they call motorcyclists who don’t wear helmets?” Zach finished off another wineglass. “Organ donors.”

“You’ve got to be joking.” A flash of temper flared through her. “No, Carl, when I’m joking, I show off my tits. Do you see any nipples?”

“What’s the dark zone?” “No cellphone coverage, no Wi-Fi, even GPS has fits up here,” Duncan said. “We are in terra incognita, beyond the pale.

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John C Bellman
May 22, 2016

I enjoyed it

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Apr 24, 2016

First time reader of Brendan DuBois and really enjoyed this thoughtful story that is choke full of lively characters, actions and hard boiled writings (see quotes.) Agreed that redundancy in a few places but overall a super modern thriller. From the book: Brendan DuBois of New Hampshire is the award-winning author of 17 novels and more than 150 short stories. His short fiction has appeared in Playboy, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Saturday Evening Post, 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. DuBois has won two Barry Awards and an Al Blanchard Crime Fiction Award and is also a Jeopardy! gameshow champion.

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