ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: May 16, 2011
The Sea Detective
By (author) Mark Douglas-Home
Cal McGill is a detective with a difference. He’s an oceanographer and sometime eco-warrior who tracks flotsam and jetsam back to their source using his knowledge of sea currents. Floating human bodies are his speciality. Two women on different missions seek him out for help. Helen Jamieson is a police officer with a grudge and an unusual case to solve – severed feet wearing trainers are washing up on Scotland’s beaches. Basanti, a feral Indian teenager a long way from home, is hunting down the murderers who dumped her friend overboard and abandoned her to die. The loner McGill finds his life and liberty at risk as he also pursues a private quest, the tragedy which first provoked his interest in this macabre line of work: what really happened to his grandfather who was lost at sea?
Mark Douglas-Home is a successful journalist turned author. He was editor of Scotland’s leading daily newspaper, The Herald, for five years and editor of The Sunday Times Scotland. He has also held senior roles with The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. When he was Scottish correspondent of The Independent he reported on both the Lockerbie and Piper Alpha disasters. His career 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. The Sea Detective is his first novel.