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PUBLICATION DATE: September 22, 2016
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The Malice of Waves
By (author) Mark Douglas-Home
Five years ago, fourteen-year-old Max Wheeler disappeared from Priest’s Island, an isolated but bleakly beautiful place on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. In the closeknit local community, there are no secrets, except what happened to Max. None of the police or private investigations since have shed any light on what happened the night he went missing, presumed dead. But there is one man who is yet to take on the case: The Sea Detective. Cal McGill is an oceanographer and unique investigator who uses his knowledge of tides, winds and currents to solve mysteries no-one else can. However, Cal is an unwelcome stranger who must navigate the tensions between Max’s inconsolable father, the broken family he has neglected, and the embittered locals, resentful after years of suspicion. As Cal arrives, a violent storm approaches, threatening to completely cut off the island, with a possible murderer at large…Praise for The Sea Detective: ‘Raises the bar for Scottish crime fiction …elegantly written and compelling’ Scotsman ‘Promises to be a fine series of detective novels’ Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month ‘Excellent’ Literary Review – top five crime books of the year ‘A compelling protagonist’ The Times Literary Supplement Praise for The Woman Who Walked into the Sea: ‘An always entertaining and gripping mystery …Infinitely better written than the majority of its competitors’ Herald ‘A classic whodunit. A mystery from the school of Ruth Rendell, and I can’t imagine anyone who likes those not delighting in this’ Scotsman ‘Cal McGill is a triumph …a wonderfully unique creation’ crimefictionlover.com ‘Simply intoxicating’ Library Journal
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.