- Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 32mm | 621g
- Publication date: 31 December 2011
- Publication City/Country: Dingwall
- ISBN 10: 1905207654
- ISBN 13: 9781905207657
- Sales rank: 787,904
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?
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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.
By David Manning 08 Jul 2011
Closer in tone to Brookmyre than Rankin, this story of an unconventional detective interweaves the past with the murky present. We see the all to familiar police careerist, as concerned with the lighting at press conferences as he is with the actual crime, with protagonist Cal, oceanographer and ecomentalist, providing something of a counterweight. The interwoven stories are well paced and enjoyable, but there's also an unfortunate plausibility to the whole thing, particularly in the case of the trafficked Indian girls. Their story isn't sensationalised or overblown, it is just a fact of life in a world where everything has a price. A highly entertaining novel, with characters that definitely deserve another outing.