- Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 188mm x 28mm | 160g
- Publication date: 12 November 2013
- Publication City/Country: Dingwall
- ISBN 10: 1908737328
- ISBN 13: 9781908737328
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 606,308
Cal McGill watches the young woman through the dirty windscreen of his Toyota. There's something compelling about her stillness, about the length of time she has been standing square-shouldered, erect, staring out to sea, like an Antony Gormley statue waiting for another of its cast-iron tribe to emerge from the deep. What has brought her to this remote beach, he asks himself. Is she a kindred spirit who finds refuge by the shore? Idle curiosity soon turns into another investigation for oceanographer and loner McGill as he embarks on a quest to discover why, 26 years earlier, another young woman stood on the same beach before walking into the waves. According to the police, she killed herself and her unborn baby. McGill, the Sea Detective, questions this version of events and confronts the jealousies, tensions and threats of a coastal community determined to hold on to its secrets.
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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 numberof editions, he was deported from the country. He is married with two children and lives in Edinburgh.
'Raises the bar ... compelling.' The Scotsman