Bruce Robert Coffin


is the award-winning author of the bestselling Detective Byron mystery series. A former detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine's largest city. Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Bruce spent four years investigating counter-terrorism cases for the FBI, earning the Director's Award, the highest award a non-agent can receive.


His novel, Beyond the Truth, winner of Killer Nashville's Silver Falchion Award for Best Procedural, was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel and a finalist for the Maine Literary Award for Best Crime Fiction. His short fiction appears in several anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories 2016.

Bruce is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. He is a regular contributor to Murder Books blogs.

Bruce is represented by Paula Munier at Talcott Notch Literary.

He lives and writes in Maine.

Author of the

      Detective Byron Mysteries

Latest Novels

"Flawless prose, witty dialogue, startling twists. Authenticity seeps from every page. Unforgettable" — K.J. Howe, internationally bestselling author of Skyjack

"The Detective Byron mystery series is one of the finest to arrive in a long time." —#1 New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston

Bruce Robert Coffin

Bruce recently appeared on Maine 207 with Rob Caldwell. Click the photo below  to watch the interview.

"I rank Coffin among the luminaries of the genre - right beside Wambaugh, McBain, and John Ball." —#LA Times bestselling author Baron R. Birtcher

"Authentic, gripping." — Joseph Wambaugh, Edgar Award-winning author of The Onion Field