Wolfe Trap

By: Matt Cost

Clay Wolfe is a former Boston homicide detective who has left the police department to return home to Maine to care for his elderly grandfather and open a private detective agency.


Haunted by being orphaned at an early age, and jaded by the corruption of the big city, Clay is happy to hit pause and investigate minor crimes. When he is hired to find out who sold the drugs that killed a six-month-old baby girl, he has no idea of the evil that he is going to uncover in the underbelly of his hometown. Wolfe Trap is a thrilling ride set in a small Maine town with rich characters and shocking plot twists that will keep the reader rapt until the final pages.

Based on 195 Reviews
October 18, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars The classic PI

In Wolfe Trap, the first of a new series from Maine writer Matt Cost, we have the classic PI, the literary character type who’s been around for almost a century. A hard-drinking, hard-fighting, and hard-loving man, he’s relentless in his search for the truth. We open in the familiar trope setting, his office, with a new female client– but this one is no femme fatale, rather a grandmother seeking vengeance. Clay Wolfe embarks on a dangerous journey into the seedy underbelly of his hometown, risking everything to set things right, despite the near-impossibility of the task. If you like your PI novels in the Old School Style, you’ll enjoy this outing.

Mr. E. Cox
June 11, 2022

enjoyable read

Good plot with plenty of twists. Some of the twists seemed improbable but it didn’t seem to spoil the read

E. Meza
April 20, 2022

5.0 out of 5 stars Could not stop…

This is an action packed book , a very good, well written and obviously well researched story. Characters are believable and real characters!

November 16, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting new series!

Very well written and outstanding characterization. I’m looking forward to reading additional books in this series!

Susan Van Kirk
August 12, 2021

5.0 out of 5 stars A Page-Turner

When Clay Wolfe returns to his home town of Port Essex to hang out his private detective shingle, he’s looking for respite from his former job as a Boston detective. Figuring his small town will allow him to watch over his elderly father and get him away from the crimes of the city, Wolfe acquires an office manager and an old friend who was a Navy SEAL. When a young woman approaches him to find out who provided the drugs that killed her baby, he takes on the case, not realizing how complicated and deadly it will become. His little group of friends join in a David and Goliath fight. What interested me about Cost’s book is that the middle-which is so difficult to write and keep readers interested–is quite a page-turner. This is where a mystery often lags, but not this one. It’s quite a story with twists and turns that will keep you reading until the end.

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