About the Author

H.B. Dumont writes murder mystery novels with a tinge of espionage and romance. She has lived and worked in North America, Western Europe and the Balkans while affiliated with "interesting people doing interesting things in interesting places" - i.e., policing, security and intelligence - hence the use of a nom de plume. She recently retired from university and college faculty positions.



About THE BLACK HAT

First novel in the Noir Intelligence Series

Forensic psychologist Alexandra Belliveau is en route to Luxembourg City to attend her mother's funeral. The joie de vivre from her childhood had since been beset by hapless events linked to the mother's career as a French counterintelligence agent and, before that, a member of the Maquis, the French resistance during the war. At the funeral reception, Paul Bernard, her first puppy love from decades past, introduces himself. Also present is a stalker bent on killing Alexandra for associations her mother once had. In addition, there are foreign agents focused on keeping Alexandra alive until they obtain an ingenious code her mother had developed during the Cold War. Alexandra and Paul are in a quandary - who can they trust?


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  • Lost in the world of European intelligence gathering in World War II, the reader follows the lives of the children of these agents as they unravel the secrets of their parents' dangerous careers. Alexandra Belliveau and Paul Bernard are joyfully reunited after forty years and become entangled in the lingering tensions of the war. They risk their lives to find the truth, travelling across Europe to meet members of the Fourth Reich, enlisting the help of the CIA, MI6 and others, who can't always be trusted. Their love affair is given added spice by their encounters with neo-Nazis, accidents on their Harleys, kidnapping and tea with Sir James on the White Cliffs of Dover.
    - Sally Jenkins, editor
  • H.B. Dumont has skilfully presented a riveting tale of intrigue and human emotion through the compelling mastery of the quill. The author weaves words of dialogue and description of the most tender human passion and sociopathic brutal violence. This novel is a gripping and dynamic novel with wide appeal.
    - Lynn Denise, author & coach for writers
  • Through mastery of the English language, H.B. Dumont has written a gripping and dynamic tale of espionage and intelligence gathering with a backdrop of Cold War Europe with tentacles reaching back to World War II. It is a brilliant portrait of the human experience.
    - Hugh Carter, author


About SPINE OF THE ANTIQUARIAN

Second novel in the Noir Intelligence Series

Doctors Alexandra Belliveau, a police forensic psychologist, and Paul Bernard, a crime laboratory director, have their inaugural retirement celebration interrupted with an upsurge in terrorist attacks. Their investigation reveals a connection between Islamic terrorists and an olden secret society stretching back to the French Gallic period, and into modern-day financial institutions. A Police nationale officer is assassinated along with an informant; a Moscow agent is wounded in the same ambush. Corruption is suspected at a senior level within both the police and government bureaucracy. Alexandra and Paul find themselves having to consider rapprochement with former enemies who were once on opposite sides of the Cold War divide.


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  • Spine of the Antiquarian is an emotionally complex yet powerful portrayal of the arcane world of espionage and intelligence in which there are truths, partial truths and make-believe truths. It is a gripping tale of people driven by their compulsions.
    - Sally Jenkins, editor
  • H.B. Dumont has once again demonstrated a mastery of the quill, weaving words of dialogue and description within the art of storytelling. She has artfully merged her experience with security and intelligence into the realm of factual fiction.
    - Ben Maure, author
  • Spine of the Antiquarian is expertly plotted as a portrayal of the continual search of what could have been. Dumont clearly understands the psychological essence of relationships.
    - Charlotte Edwards, registered clinical counsellor


About KISS OF THE DEATH ADDER

Third novel in the Noir Intelligence Series

Herr Rafael Blosch was about to reveal unknown details regarding the enigmatic Quer when he was fatally bitten by a death adder that had crawled up through a dank, discoloured cavity in the floor of his sweltering cell in the Desert Springs Interrogation Facility. The rapacious Quer, with its roots in the olden Gallic Celtic period, had modern day tentacles reaching into international financial institutions including the European Union. All but one member of the Quer had been captured with Herr Blosch and assumed to be still in safe custody in the same interrogation facility. But with their subsequent assassinations, the mission for Alexandra Belliveau and Paul Bernard, agents of the European Union Intelligence Unit, was changed from capturing or killing the one final elusive member of the Quer to keeping him alive, at all costs.


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  • This third mystery novel in the Noir Intelligence Series is a profound and powerful portrayal of human emotion as characters risk their lives to discover truths, the boundaries of which subtly shift as the story unfolds. From the opening pages, the sense of foreboding builds. The plot is twisted, the relationships are intimate. It's unforgettable.
    - Sally Jenkins, editor
  • H.B. Dumont's thorough research into the settings and her lived experience in intelligence work make this series deliciously immersive. Reading novels of this calibre is far better than anything 'virtual reality' could hope to offer!
    - Bruce Batchelor, editor/publisher
  • Kiss of the Death Adder is an espionage and intelligence fiction of the highest order that explores a poignant contrast between irrepressible human hope and the constraints within which we live our finite lives. Through the art of storytelling, and compelling dialogue and description, H.B. Dumont brilliantly weaves together secrets of the past, treachery of the present and duplicity of the future.
    - Hugh Carter, author


About ASSASSIN IN MY BED

Fourth novel in the Noir Intelligence Series

Alicia Dupuis could not comprehend why she had become a target for assassination and, more puzzling, who had ordered the hit. She was acutely aware that in the duplicitous currency of security and intelligence, nothing exists without context. More importantly, intelligence and context were askew on the periphery of espionage where there were truths, partial truths and make-believe truths. Such were the defining characteristics of the arcane game -- with its intoxicating charm and deceptive addiction -- that she had walked away from forever, or so she had thought.


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  • Nothing was what it seemed. Alicia's house was also an escape tunnel. Her vows of silence conflicted with her wedding vows. She kept secrets about secrets. Remember every detail because the story will twist and turn, and you need to keep your wits about you. Watch your back. Guard your children. Tuck your passport into this book and keep it safe. You will need it.
    - Sally Jenkins, Editor
  • Assassin in My Bed is a tale of love and infidelity, loyalty and betrayal, vulnerability and potency in the geopolitical arena of espionage and intelligence. Readers will find layers within layers of compelling intrigue like sinister Russian dolls.
    - Hugh Carter, Author
  • From the opening scene, there is a sense of foreboding, sometimes beautiful, always unforgettable. Dumont explores a poignant contrast between irrepressible human hope and the constraints within which we live our finite lives. My favourite book in the Noir Intelligence Series to date.
    - Sherry McIntosh, Editor

To arrange an interview with H.B. Dumont, please contact the publisher at bruce.batchelor [at] gmail.com.



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