Discover the chilling first mystery in a truly unique crime series you won't be able to put down
'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.
So when two severed feet wash up miles apart on two different islands off the coast of Scotland, he
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.
Including his own . . .
'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
Douglas-Home's well-executed first novel offers an original hook, an increasingly rare occurrence in the ever-more-crowded mystery field. Cal McGill, of Edinburgh's Flotsam and Jetsam Investigations, assists environmental groups by using wind speed and ocean current data to backtrack pollution to its source. Why seven severed feet have washed ashore on North America's West Coast during a 15-month period intrigues McGill, but he eventually gets a more pressing case involving an Indian girl, Preeti, sold by her family into prostitution at 13 for 60,000 rupees, a record amount for her impoverished village near Mumbai. Three years after Preeti is taken out to sea in a boat and dumped overboard to drown, her murder comes to McGill's attention. Douglas-Home poignantly portrays the degradation of Preeti and her fellow child prostitutes, while McGill makes a nicely understated hero, well positioned to sustain a series.
The Sea detective.
Stunning thriller from the very first page until the last. Thought provoking case, with credible characters. Well deserved of it's 5* review.
Look forward to the second in the series of three. Brilliant author, certainly one to " be on the look out for. Excellent.