The Gray and Guilty Sea (A Garrison Gage Mystery, #1) [NOOK Book]

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A curmudgeon. An iconoclast. A loner. That's how people describe Garrison Gage, and that's when they're being charitable. After his wife's brutal murder in New York, and Gage himself is beaten nearly to death, the crippled private investigator retreats three thousand miles to the quaint coastal town of Barnacle Bluffs, Oregon. He spends the next five years in a convalescent stupor, content to bide his time filling out crossword puzzles and trying to forget that his wife's death is his fault. But all that changes ...
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The Gray and Guilty Sea (A Garrison Gage Mystery, #1)

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Overview

A curmudgeon. An iconoclast. A loner. That's how people describe Garrison Gage, and that's when they're being charitable. After his wife's brutal murder in New York, and Gage himself is beaten nearly to death, the crippled private investigator retreats three thousand miles to the quaint coastal town of Barnacle Bluffs, Oregon. He spends the next five years in a convalescent stupor, content to bide his time filling out crossword puzzles and trying to forget that his wife's death is his fault. But all that changes when he discovers the body of a young woman washed up on the beach, and his conscience draws him back into his old occupation – forcing him to confront the demons of his own guilt before he can hope to solve the girl's murder.

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The Garrison Gage Mysteries (in chronological order):

The Gray and Guilty Sea
A Desperate Place for Dying
The Lovely Wicked Rain
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Editorial Reviews

Brandywine Books - Book Reviews
"It was a shrewd marketing move for author Jack Nolte to entitle his first mystery novel The Gray and Guilty Sea. It makes it nearly irresistible for an old John D. MacDonald fan like me . . . Recommended." -- Brandywine Books

"The Gray and Guilty Sea is quite an enjoyable novel that engages a reader on multiple levels." -- Stimulated Outlet Book Reviews
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012566751
  • Publisher: Flying Raven Press
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 115,789
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

JACK NOLTE is the mystery and suspense pen name of award-winning writer Scott William Carter. Critics raved that The Gray and Guilty Sea, the first book featuring the crippled and curmudgeonly Garrison Gage, was "irresistible" and "a fascinating character study." Under his own name, Carter's first novel, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a "touching and impressive debut" and won the prestigious Oregon Book Award. Since then, he has published nine novels and over fifty short stories, his fiction spanning a wide variety of genres and styles. His most recent book for younger readers, Wooden Bones, chronicles the untold story of Pinocchio and was singled out for praise by the Junior Library Guild. He lives a stone's throw from the Oregon coast with his wife and two children. To find more information about Jack/Scott's other work, go to scottwilliamcarter.com.
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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    Torn between enjoyment and doubt

    Garrison Gage is a recluse in a tiny town, a retired private detective who looks at the world through a jaundiced eye. One could hardly blame him: his last case in New York left him a widower and a cripple. Passing his days with crossword puzzles and solitude, his gumshoe instincts are reawakened when he comes across a random dead girl on the beach. So much for retirement.

    In The Gray and Guilty Sea, Nolte draws us in right from the get-go. Everything after that is a fast-paced story that keeps you wondering what the next location or contact will reveal. The path is not so much twisted as it is hidden; there are no sudden surprises, but the mystery still takes some time, and a great deal of Gage's energy, to unravel. Woven into the fabric are subplots involving a love interest and an ailing neighbor, as well as said neighbor's teenage granddaughter. Nolte successfully develops these without detracting from the main storyline, adding depth to Gage's character without losing steam.

    With his crotchety personality and his love of getting under other people's skins, Gage is a good representation of a character who would be irritating to work with but thoroughly entertaining to observe. His analysis of those around him is spot-on, thus earning a reader's trust in his abilities as a private detective. Unfortunately, other parts of his persona were a bit less credible.

    Gage is touted to be a well-versed reader, a connoisseur of jazz, an appreciator of art, and yet a man of simple pleasures. This isn't to say that a person can't be that complex, but something about the presentation of these personality traits -subtle shifts in Gage's speaking style, perhaps - make them difficult to integrate. Instances of him reading philosophy or listening to Coltrane might have boosted the legitimacy of these claims. In a similar manner, the commonality of interests between him and Carmen is a little too perfect, and equally unsupported from his previous interactions with her. Mysteries have a tendency to turn readers into skeptics, digging deeper into characters than they might otherwise do; thus the bar for characterizations is set that much higher. In the end, I disregarded the extraneous information in order to avoid losing faith in the rest of the story.

    For the most part, the novel is well-written, with a delivery that is efficient without becoming brusque. It meshed well with Gage's voice, his inner monologues flowing seamlessly into his spoken words. Even so, there were scattered passages in which it was glaringly obvious that someone breezed through the editing process. Awkwardly worded sentences, as well as multiple issues with homophones (eg. "waved" for "waived", "not" for "naught") were bothersome, but what really got me were two instances in which characters' names were actually changed: "Tommy" for "Jimmy" and "Angie" for "Zoe". They jarred me right out of the storyline, and it took some effort to convince myself to ignore them long enough to rekindle my interest in the book.

    Nolte has a good grasp of emotion and human responses and credible actions. In that respect, The Gray and Guilty Sea is quite an enjoyable novel that engages a reader on multiple levels. The ending itself was more than satisfactory. Still, convenient coincidences and forced details diminished its plausibility. Methinks that Gage's cynicism is contagious.

    -Stimulated Outlet Bo

    16 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I read the free e book and then bought the sequel to it, It was really good book, I could not put it down, and when I put it down couldnt wait to get back to it. It is worth the read.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Could not put it done!

    Loved it! Highly recommended!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    Just couldn't get into the story; I stopped reading after 100 pa

    Just couldn't get into the story; I stopped reading after 100 pages so perhaps I didn't give it a chance. Maybe I will give a try at another time.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2013

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    Good introduction to an interesting character

    Another story of a flawed hero. The book reads relatively well and gets you involved in the characters (fairly well developed). The resolution of the story happens quickly at the end. A few too many typos/errors in the conversion of this book to an eBook. In the teaser for the next story in the series, a man was referenced as wearing a "rolodex" on his wrist. Quite funny, really.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Great read

    Garrison Gage is a reclusive, grumpy guy that one can't help but care about. Great plot...great characters. Two thumbs up :-)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Great Read!

    Really enjoyed this book. Never put it down once I started reading it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Highly Recommend this book to any one who likes mistory and intreg

    The book is very exciting and easy to follow, good old fashion mistory who done it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    I just finished reading The Gray and Guilty Sea and it was great

    I just finished reading The Gray and Guilty Sea and it was great. It was a free e-book and I will buy the next Garrison Gage book. A very good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2014

    Excellent,quick read.nice character development and atmospheric

    Excellent,quick read.nice character development and atmospheric discriptions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Wow

    Great written story! I would highly recommend this book,thanks....mjm

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Really chilling story of sex, greed, and money

    Excellent book and excellent characters! Gage Garrison is bitter, angry, and despondate.....Until a young women's body is washed ashore and discovered by him. He decides thathe will investigate her murder because it looked like no one else was interested in finding her muderer. The police try to discourage him from investigating her name and murder. While doing his best to get the murderer, he is assulted, practically raped, and thrown in a dark cold wet cell. Most would give up on the impossible trail to find Abbie's murderer.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Good read

    Ii have read a couple of his books and find them captivating and creative. It was hard to set down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Good read

    A little too wordy for my taste, but well written. Will now order the sequel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Great read!

    Had never heard of this author, but pleasantly surprised. Looking forward to reading the sequel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    Very good book.

    I liked this book, a good read. Kept me guessing who did it and how the ending would turn out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

    Very good read

    This was one of the better books I've read recently. Solid plot that left enough hints for me to be able to guess the next move, yet overt enough to keep me wondering if I was right. I really enjoy the primary character and felt empathy and respect fir him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2014

    Great book

    Loved loved


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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    The gray and guilty sea (garrison gage mystery #1)

    Good book injoyable to read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Great characters

    This book is a gripping well told story with characters that pull you in and keep you reading

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