Bruce Robert Coffin

is a retired detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland, Maine police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine's largest city. Bruce also spent four years working counter-terrorism with the FBI, where he earned the Director's Award, the highest honor a non-agent can receive.


Bruce Robert Coffin

Bruce is the author of the John Byron Mystery Series from HarperCollins Publishers. The debut novel in the series, Among The Shadows, is now available.

His short story Fool Proof, which appeared in Level Best Books anthology, Best New England Crime Stories 2016, Red Dawn, was recently named one of the twenty best mystery stories published in North America during 2015. Fool Proof is included in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Best American Mystery Stories, 2016.

Bruce is a member of the Mystery Writers of AmericaSisters In Crime New England, and the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. He is also a regular contributor to the Maine Crime Writers Blog.

Bruce is represented by Paula Munier of the Talcott Notch Literary Agency. He lives and writes in Maine.