Publishers WeeklyDouglas-Home’s well-executed first novel offers an original hook, an increasingly rare occurrence in the ever-more-crowded mystery field. Cal McGill, of Edinburgh’s Flotsam and Jetsam Investigations, assists environmental groups by using wind speed and ocean current data to backtrack pollution to its source. Why seven severed feet have washed ashore on North America’s West Coast during a 15-month period intrigues McGill, but he eventually gets a more pressing case involving an Indian girl, Preeti, sold by her family into prostitution at 13for 60,000 rupees, a record amount for her impoverished village near Mumbai. Three years after Preeti is taken out to sea in a boat and dumped overboard to drown, her murder comes to McGill’s attention. Douglas-Home poignantly portrays the degradation of Preeti and her fellow child prostitutes, while McGill makes a nicely understated hero, well positioned to sustain a series. Agent: Maggie Pearlstine, Maggie Pearlstine Associates. (Dec.)
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The Sea Detective based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is very original indeed and a very refreshing read. We were that keen to go up to the Hebrides where it's set, we mapped out the locations on the booktrail com. Set in Edinburgh, North Berwick, Hebrides (fictional Eilean Iasgaich) far up in Scotland, well you can imagine what the sea and the weather is like here. A perfect setting for the novel which follows and the whole atmosphere of the story and its background. A Sea Detective, an oceanographer has a unique set of skills. This is someone who can discover where objects have come from which are floating in the ocean. He looks at the currents of the ocean, the winds, the weather and the shipping forecasts. Ways the sea behaves can really tell him the secrets it holds beneath. The skill of oceanography is very real and realistically portrayed as being a science that few know of but in the highlands of Scotland, islands which reveal gruesome secrets could need his skills to reveal their past. Another world comes into play on these remote islands as a woman called Basanti turns up asking for help to locate her friend Preeti. The world of slave trade and the Bedia tradition are another current to the already turbulent state of affairs. Mix in the rural and isolated rural fishing communities and this is a world where the elements rule and where three very different people and cultures are just as mixed as the ocean currents. A fascinating study of the oceans indeed. The island environment is isolating uninviting and chillingly bitter and the Sea Detective is a mix of scientific discovery, criminal deeds and rural rugged Scotland is a major character throughout.