Mark Frost Excerpt: Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier

Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier by Mark Frost is the crucial sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Secret History of Twin Peaks, bridging the two series and taking you deeper into the mysteries raised by the new series.

The return of Twin Peaks is one of the most anticipated events in the history of television. The subject of endless speculation, shrouded in mystery, fans will come flocking to see Mark Frost and David Lynch’s inimitable vision once again grace the screen. Featuring all the characters we know and love from the first series, as well as a list of high-powered actors in new roles, the show will be endlessly debated, discussed, and dissected.

While The Secret History of Twin Peaks served to expand the mysteries of the town and place the unexplained phenomena that unfolded there into a vastly layered, wide-ranging history, Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier tells us what happened to key characters in the twenty-five years in between the events of the first series and the second, offering details and insights fans will be clamoring for. The novel also adds context and commentary to the strange and cosmic happenings of the new series. For fans around the world begging for more, Mark Frost’s final take laid out in this novel will be required reading.



September 6th, 2017




GORDON COLE, Deputy Director

Dear Director Cole:

Pursuant to your directive to me upon the completion of my investigation into “The Archivist’s Dossier” last year, I hereby submit my subsequent follow-up report.

That archive—which ended abruptly on March 28, 1989, with the Major’s sudden disappearance and presumed death—left us with many possible avenues of investigation. As you suggested to me at the time, I have since directed my own investigation “down every rabbit hole and up every apple tree” in search of answers. To state it more plainly, I’m “The Archivist” now.

Unlike the previous dossier, where for the most part all documents were presented to us in their entirety, per Bureau standards, here I have taken the time to condense the relevant content I found into an uninterrupted narrative.

As you also requested, I began this project in the town of Twin Peaks itself, by attempting to bring you up to date on the stories of many of the town’s residents—many of whom you yourself knew personally—over the intervening decades. I learned much that was surprising—your words “these woods are full of secrets” come immediately to mind as a distinct understatement—and many other things reflecting the startling rate of change any community, small or large, faces over the course of a quarter century of recorded history.

The pace of change is extremely hard to perceive at close range—it’s virtually invisible day-to-day—but viewed from a distance, it moves like lightning. The trials and trivialities of daily life, I’ve concluded, act on the mind as a kind of local anesthetic, numbing us to the relentless passage and ravages of time. I’ve also learned—a humbling admission, to be sure—to view this effect as a kind of mercy.

My conclusions and takeaways from this part of the journey—which you also requested of me—I have included from time to time when they apply throughout the document, rather than offering them as a preamble, as I don’t want to shade your perceptions prior to your first read.

On a personal level, I will share with you, however, that regardless of the cost to my innocence or naïveté regarding these truths of the human condition—which I now freely acknowledge at the start was “considerable”—I emerge from this experience grateful for the wisdom it has given me, and stronger of mind for the hard lessons learned.

May I also state that your faith in me to undertake this task, and the opportunity you’ve provided for me to contribute to the collective work that still lies ahead of us, remains one of the authentic blessings of my life.

I only hope that, in whatever small way I can, I’m able to apply my shoulder to that wheel for as long as time and fate allow.

Most respectfully yours,

Tamara Preston, Field Agent

Blue Rose Task Force

Copyright © 2017 Mark Frost.

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Mark Frost is an American novelist, screenwriter, director and film producer, best known as a writer for the television series Hill Street Blues and as the co-creator of the television series Twin Peaks. His books include The List of Seven, The Paladin Prophecy, and The Secret History of Twin Peaks.

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