The The Bodies in the Marina

The The Bodies in the Marina

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Glasgow cop, DCI Jack Buchanan is in Eastbourne, seconded to Sussex CID. His task is to investigate the death of an unidentified young woman found floating in the Marina and also the death of a Sussex Detective Sergeant, drowned in the harbour while still seat belted in his car.When he walked the beat in the Gorbals as a young PC, Jack's idea of street justice was to take the miscreant down a dark alley, thump some sense into them, and send them on their way.Now, like a fish out of water, and in the genteel surroundings of Eastbourne, would Buchanan be in time to catch the killers before they strike again?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 326 pages
  • 148 x 225 x 32mm | 508.02g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 191347111X
  • 9781913471118

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DCI Jack Buchanan is the walking epitome of Nietzsche's warning about the dangers of looking into the abyss - and having it look back into you. A career spent on a tough beat in Glasgow has left him seeing just how much grey there is in the world. After he is indirectly responsible for the death of two fleeing suspects, the force sends him on secondment to sleepy Eastbourne, where the trouble is supposed to be a lot less troubling.

Unfortunately for Buchanan, investigating the drowning of a woman in the marina, he starts to suspect his new beat might be subject to sinister goings-on of its own. And that impression only intensifies once he starts to see possible links with another body found in the same marina - this time a cop's, one who might have got a bit too close to discovering the truth about what happened to the dead woman. Buchanan has a luxury yacht full of suspects. At least one of them is lying, but they might all have their secrets.

Beyond being a fast-paced, dialogue-led mystery with more twists and turns than a bowline knot, this is also an interesting character study of Willis's rough-edged DCI. Initially appearing to adhere to all the usual traits of the grizzled (and sometimes sozzled) detective, over the course of the novel we find out he's really a man who hasn't lost his soul at all. His gruffness masks his vulnerability, and his apparent chauvinism at points is really born of an avuncular urge to protect people he thinks are in danger - especially his new partner, DS Jill Street.
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