Marcotte and Collins Investigative Thrillers

Fiction - Thriller - General
301 Pages
Reviewed on 12/12/2023
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Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

It has been fifteen years since combat veteran Vince Marcotte’s stint in Afghanistan. Now a paralegal in Colorado, he loved his quiet life and tried to bury his memories of Gardez, Afghanistan. But then, when he heard that Nick Batson, one of his seniors in Gardez, was running for office in the Senate, the past came back. Vince had never gotten over the mysterious demise of an acquaintance he had made in Gardez. He believed Batson had a hand in it. To expose Batson to the world and get justice for his fallen friend, Vince teams up with Hadley Collins to help him investigate Batson’s closet of skeletons. It turns out Batson is ready to do whatever it takes to win his bid for office, even if it means murdering in cold blood. Will Vince succeed in taking down Batson? Find out in Travis Tougaw’s Foxholes: Marcotte and Collins Investigative Thrillers.

If you are looking for a slow-burn mystery murder and sleuth novel with a touch of legal and crime thriller, Travis Tougaw’s Foxholes is just what you should be looking for. The enthralling plot engages readers in blackmail, murder, espionage, money, secrets, and power, among so much more. The evocative depictions made me feel like I was right there next to every character, watching the scenes unfold. One moment I was in the past seeing Vince living on the edge in war-torn Afghanistan. The next thing I knew I was in the present closely following Vince as he pieced together clues and facts about Batson’s dealings. Tougaw juxtaposes the cast’s complex traits, bringing out their emotions. This made them authentic and allowed me to connect with them. There is suspense, action, adventure, thrills, and so much more in Foxholes.


Foxholes offers an interesting premise: what if a man is running for political office in your home state, but you knew something dangerous about him from his distant past? This is the predicament Vince Marcotte finds himself in, and he brings readers along on his journey for justice.

Travis Tougaw’s novel is a well-written story of intrigue, that, in the end, demonstrates the best and worst in people. The complex plot jumps easily between two timeframes (Afghanistan in 2007 and present time), and all loose ends are tied up satisfactorily. Although I prefer books with a little more character development, I still got a good sense of Vince, his cohorts, and his enemies. If you enjoy unraveling mysteries, Tougaw will take you on an enjoyable adventure.