Mystery above Moosehead

I’m always surprised when someone writes a great novel as their first book, but that’s what Tommy Carbone has done.

Tommy’s book, The Lobster Lake Bandits, is a very compelling read. I particularly enjoyed it because the story is set in the woods and on the waters north of Greenville and Moosehead Lake, a place I know very well. And there is plenty of fishing and hunting in the book as well.

But it’s the strange and dangerous characters that invade the woods that drive the story forward. There are plenty of local characters in the book including a game warden who is a very hard worker focused on rounding up the bad guys.

I really can’t describe it any better than did John Ford, retired game warden and great writer who died last year. Here’s what John wrote:

The Lobster Lake Bandits is a real mystery thriller set in the north woods of rural Maine. The story will have you in suspense trying to guess what was happening in the woods surrounding the Parker family hunting camp. Solving the mystery becomes a joint effort between the game warden, the camp owner and his son, Joe, and a stranger who may have ulterior motives. The end results will keep you hooked right up until the end. It is indeed a great read.

Boy, John got that right. I raced through the book in a weekend eager to finish it before the Super Bowl. It would have been a shame to miss the Super Bowl because I had to find out how the book ended!

Tommy Carbone lives in Maine with his wife and two daughters and writes from a one room cabin, on the shores of a lake, that is frozen for more than six months out of the year, and moose outnumber number people 3 to 1. I’ll bet you can guess just where that is.

You can check out Tommy at his website, and become his Facebook friend: @TommyCarboneAuthor.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.