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Destiny's Pawn Events

"[A] solid third Peyton Cote novel."―Publishers Weekly

June 10
4 p.m.
Signing of Destiny's Pawn
Toadstool Bookshop, The Colony Mill Marketplace, Keene, NH, 03431
603-673-1734 email
June 12
1 p.m.
Signing of Destiny's Pawn
Barnes & Noble -- Augusta, Maine, 9 Market Place Dr., Augusta, Maine, United States 04330
(207) 621-0038
June 13
Author Luncheon & Book Talk (DESTINY'S PAWN) $20/ea. (Portion of monies goes to support the No. Conway Public Library) Hosted by White Birch Books at Sea Dog Brewing Co.
Sea Dog Brewing Co., 1976 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH, United States 03860
June 18
2 p.m.
Signing of Destiny's Pawn
Barnes & Noble/Portsmouth, 45 Gosling Road, Newington, New Hampshire, United States 03801
(603) 422-7733
Aug. 20
2 p.m.
Signing of Destiny's Pawn
Books-a-Million, South Portland, Maine, 430 Gorham Rd, South Portland, Maine, United States 04106
(207) 253-5587
Sept. 24
11:30 a.m.
Signing of Destiny's Pawn
World Eye Books, Greenfield, MA
(413) 772-2186
Nov. 11-12

Panel Speaker & Signing
New England Crimebake, 25 Allied Drive, Dedham, MA 02026-6147


Peyton’s Fate Depends on the Unlikely Pawn in a Quarter-Century-Old Crime
When Agent Peyton Cote discovers a thirteen-year-old Ukrainian boy along the Canadian border, she has no idea who placed him there or why. And Victor Tankov, on his deathbed in Russia, likes it that way. By giving the boy political asylum, Peyton sets in motion a plan twenty-five years in the making, leading back to the world’s largest art heist at Boston’s Gardner Museum.
In his most ambitious work yet, D.A. Keeley blends one of the most famous crimes of the century with the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, creating an action-packed international thriller. As events unfold, Peyton hunts for a painting worth $150 million and the criminal masterminds who are determined to sell it no matter the cost.
"[A] solid third Peyton Cote novel."—Publishers Weekly

4 stars from FictionZeal

Monday, December 29, 2014


When U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent Peyton Cote is called to a mysterious burned-out cabin, she has no idea it will lead her to reconnect with Dr. Sherry Duvall. Their re-acquaintance, however, comes under difficult circumstances—Sherry's brother is accused of murder, and her father and mother have just died in a murder-suicide.
On the home front, single-mom Peyton is waging a different battle—helping son Tommy fight his learning disability. Amidst all this, a man is lurking who has only revenge on his mind, the kind of revenge that could cripple the nation and leave even those close to him as nothing more than fallen sparrows.

“[Keeley’s] tough but compassionate heroine triumphs against the odds.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS

“This edgy and emotional thrill ride will captivate readers."—RT BOOK REVIEWS

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


This is a gritty, authentic police procedural crime drama, loaded with clues (and plenty of red herrings) that make this a fun and exciting mystery read. -- Portland Press Herald

The author paints a striking portrait of the northern Maine landscape . . . Peyton’s strong personality and her unfailing courage should make for some intriguing future adventures.—Mystery Scene

This debut procedural includes a dizzying number of side stories, making for a high-drama read from the get-go. A solid bet for Nevada Barr and Tricia Fields fans. -- Library Journal [Circ. 18,465]

The mystery evolved nicely from an abandoned baby case to a complex plot with many twists and turns. The action and suspense are maintained through to the explosive end. -- RT Book Reviews (Circ. 70,000)

"A dynamic and affecting story centered around a female border patrol agent who finds murder, mystery, and more in the undiscovered country of northernmost Maine." -- Chuck Hogan, Hammett Award-winning author of THE TOWN

"Packed with thrills and high-octane action, BITTER CROSSING is an impressive debut with a fearless heroine you'll want to follow for many adventures to come." -- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Rizzoli and Isles novels and TV series.

BITTER CROSSING is my favorite kind of page turner, enlivened by a compelling heroine—U.S. Border Patrol Agent Peyton Cote—and set in a place so strongly described it is almost a character itself: the remote no man’s land between northern Maine and Canada." -- Paul Doiron, Edgar Award-nominated author of MASSACRE POND

Thursday, November 21, 2013

About the Author

I'm D.A. Keeley, author of the Peyton Cote U.S. Border Patrol series. But I'm also John R. Corrigan and K.A. Delaney (THIS ONE DAY, Dec. 2013). I was thrilled in August 2013, when Midnight Ink won a brief auction, and I signed a three-book contract because I'm a huge fan of their books.

BITTER CROSSING (summer 2014) is the first novel in the Peyton Cote series. I hope you like Peyton as much as I do. She's a butt-kicking single mom / U.S. Border Patrol agent, who's tough, smart, and highly successful in a male-dominated profession. I also love the setting of these books -- Aroostook County, Maine -- a place that is close to my heart. I try to portray that region as authentically as I can.

Please feel free to reach out to me. I promise to answer every email or tweet. Learn more @
Twitter @DAKeeleyAuthor
Type M for Murder

List of titles:
Peyton Cote, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent
BITTER CROSSING (by D.A. Keeley, Summer 2014)

Max Tyger Novel
THIS ONE DAY (by K.A. Delaney, Dec. 2013, Five Star/Gale)

364 DAYS (AHMM, 2012)

Jack Austin PGA Tour Novels
OUT OF BOUNDS (University Press of New England, 2006)
BAD LIE (UPNE, 2005)
CUT SHOT (Sleeping Bear Press, 2001)

Check out the reviews on Amazon, and feel free to email me. No one enjoys talking about books--mine or others--more than I do! I'd love to hear from you.

Also, here's an essay about my father's battle with cancer:

Monday, November 4, 2013


May 20, 2015: Bitter Crossing named finalist for Maine Literary Award.

Publishers Lunch, October 10, under "New Deals":
D.A. Keeley's BITTER CROSSING, the first in a debut series featuring a U.S. Border Control Agent in northern Maine and a single mom, to Terri Bischoff at Midnight Ink, at auction, in a three-book deal, to be published May 2014, by Ginger Curwen of Julia Lord Literary Management

Ordering & Contact Information

Ordering Information 

@ Midnight Ink
Contact Information
Twitter: @DAKeeleyAuthor
C/O agent:
Ginger Curwen
Julia Lord Literary Management
38 West Ninth St., New York, NY, 10011
(212) 995-2333