The Gray and Guilty Sea (A Garrison Gage Mystery, #1)

The Gray and Guilty Sea (A Garrison Gage Mystery, #1)

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by Scott William Carter
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012566751
Publisher:
Flying Raven Press
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
64,455
File size:
670 KB

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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The Gray and Guilty Sea (A Garrison Gage Mystery, #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
tmad More than 1 year ago
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.
GG2011 More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Highly recommended!
tsw630 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is very exciting and easy to follow, good old fashion mistory who done it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little too wordy for my taste, but well written. Will now order the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had never heard of this author, but pleasantly surprised. Looking forward to reading the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ii have read a couple of his books and find them captivating and creative. It was hard to set down.
goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Great Read! Much enjoyed reading this book! It's well written and fast paced.
Anonymous 9 days ago
This book was a delightful surprise. The main character was fully developed with flaws and strengths explained very well. Plot was very well written with totally unexpected twists and turns. Excellent read. I will be purchasing more by this author.
Anonymous 24 days ago
Once I got into it I found it gripping and didn't want to stop. Gage is a well developed character.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Fast paced with vivid descriptions. Set the mood perfectly. Plot line made sense too.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Once i started reading it, i had to finish it. With the beginning of each chapter I told myself just one more and then I will sleep. Now it is 2:15am and I finished the book lol. Great believable characters, and an enjoyable story!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Loved the suspense, couldn't put it down. It had a bit of eberything, thriller, mystery and romance.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I really enjoy a set of 3 dimensional characters and a genuinely good plot. It's not the most clever crime story, but thoroughly enjoyable. I'll be reading the rest of this series..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, quick read! Can't wait to start the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book very enjoyable and will read the other Gage books he has written. This is my first review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful read with all the elements of a great mystery/detective book!  I've started reading the second in the series and am caught up already!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is well-written story with good dialogue and interesting characters. It's fast-paced and keeps you in suspense throughout. I will purchase the next Garrison Gage novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New author for me and was very impressed. Editing needed work but so be it, readers are smart. We can figure out what's what even with bad editing. I will positively be buying more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read. Holds the suspence right until the end. Liked the character devopment. So many weird people live in this village that is not a place i would want to visit despite the descriptive writing of the Oregon coast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read!
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