The fates of three strangers collide in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Journalist Jonno Bligh is flying high with a bestselling book and an Oscar for Best Screenplay. But along with the accolades he picks up a cocaine habit and a case of writers’ block.
Under pressure to deliver his next blockbuster, Jonno sails to the Indian Ocean in his beloved yacht The Scoop Jon B. When a violent storm cripples the boat he takes refuge on a beautiful remote island, where he vows to get clean. Little does he know that the murderous gangster BangBang Budiman uses the island to hide the spoils of his heists in the notorious Malaccan Strait.
Jonno watches in horror as BangBang and his crewmen brutalise two women on the beach before leaving them to die. He manages to rescue Annie Greenwood, whose husband has already been murdered. Together they flee the island with the stolen loot, relentlessly pursued by the vengeful BangBang.
As the killer hunts them down in the treacherous waters of South East Asia, Jonno and Annie are forced to come to terms with their own destructive demons – and a discovery that will change their lives forever.
The devil waits for you … even in paradise.
PRAISE FOR DEAD IN THE WATER
‘Clear the decks for this riveting tale of crime on the high seas …Tense, gripping, Dead in the Water grabs you from opening line until the last page and leaves you wanting more.'
Anna Smith, author of Blood Feud and The Dead Won’t Sleep
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Each week, we feature a free and entertaining Book of the Week. Terence J. Quinn has populated his debut with the kind of characters we just love to hate. An Oscar-winning former journo with a terrible coke habit, a London-born socialite becoming bored in her marriage, a psychotic pirate with a penchant for casual violence—on the high seas of South-East Asia, the lives of these revoltingly self-absorbed strangers entwine. Quinn wants you to feel every shocking act of brutality, delivered in short chapters that each end in a tooth-clenching cliffhanger. His prose is relentlessly tense, even during brief, “idyllic” lulls in the action. Treasure Island was never this visceral.