This is a compelling and just fabulous start to ‘The Sea Detective’ series. Cal McGill, something of a loner, determined, yet caring, runs Flotsam and Jetsam Investigations in Scotland. As an oceanographer and environmentalist, he finds himself hounded by the police, attempts to solve a mystery, and becomes embroiled in a world of violent exploitation. The prologue plunges you into fear, into innocence about to be ravaged, the nativity and simplicity of the voiced feelings and thoughts ensure the horror is all the more vivid and shocking. I absolutely raced through this read, the research and detail of the ocean currents is fascinating, and the plot line tight and bursting with tense energy. Mark Douglas-Home writes with compassion, yet a stark, almost no nonsense approach to the exploitation makes it hit home with hammer hard precision. ‘The Sea Detective’ is a convincing read and feels original, this promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable and striking series.
The first mystery in a truly unique crime series. There comes a time when a novel raises the bar for a particular genre, and The Sea Detective does just that for Scottish crime fiction. (Scotsman). Cal McGill is an Edinburgh-based oceanographer, environmentalist and one-of-a-kind investigator. Using his knowledge of the waves - ocean currents, prevailing winds, shipping records - McGill can track where objects have come from, or where they've gone. It's a unique skill that can help solve all sorts of mysteries. Such as when two severed feet wash up miles apart on two different islands off the coast of Scotland. Most strangely, forensic tests reveal that the feet belong to the same body. As Cal McGill investigates, he unravels a web of corruption, exploitation and violence, which threatens many lives across the globe - very soon including his own...Praise for The Sea Detective: Raises the bar for Scottish crime fiction...elegantly written and compelling. (The Scotsman). Excellent. (The Literary Review - top five crime books of the year). Promises to be a fine series of detective novels. (Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month). An unusual, interesting and enthralling read. (Shotsmag). A compelling protagonist. (The Times Literary Supplement).
Closing date: 06/09/2018
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'Raises the bar ... elegantly written and compelling. A crime writer to watch' The Scotsman
'Excellent' The Literary Review (Top Five Crime Novels of the Year)
'Promises to be a fine series of detective novels' Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month
'An unusual, interesting and enthralling read' Shotsmag
'A compelling protagonist' The Times Literary Supplement
Publication date: 05/11/2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||5th November 2015|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,|
Mark Douglas-Home is a journalist turned author, who was editor of the Herald and the Sunday Times Scotland. His career in journalism began as a student in South Africa where he edited the newspaper at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. After the apartheid government banned a number of editions, he was deported from the country. He is married with two children and lives in Edinburgh.More About Mark Douglas-Home