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

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

by Scott William Carter

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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

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012566751
Publisher: Flying Raven Press
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 87,514
File size: 480 KB

About the Author

SCOTT WILLIAM 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 an Oregon Book Award. Since then, he has published many novels and 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 in Oregon with his wife and children. Visit him online at

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The Gray and Guilty Sea (A Garrison Gage Mystery, #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 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 12 months ago
Loved this book, didn’t want to put it down. Will look for more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author first came to my notice when I read the 1st book from his "Myron Vale" series. It was on the B & N "free" list. I was so taken with the high quality of the writing, I decided to check out some of his other works. In it's own way, this book is just as good. I didn't get drawn in to the story quite as fast, but, once I did, I was hooked. The characters are complete and interesting, the mystery was solid, and the pacing was consistent. Also, the author obviously knows the Oregon coast very well. I've not yet been fortunate enough to travel there, but his words paint a clear picture of it's beauty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was engaging from the minute I picked it up until it was completed. I enjoyed the story line and relationship struggles. Look forward to another book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Held my interest throughout. Really enjoyed the references to the Oregon coast, having visited there a few times. Cant wait to read more mysteries with Gage in them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book...great author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the main character, smart alect but likeable. I couldn't help but root for him. The author did a great job of creating an interesting cast of characters. I really loved this book.
MizM51 More than 1 year ago
Long on emotional angst, short on plot and substance. A big disappointment for this lover of crime fiction. As I choose my books by author, I doubt I will be coming back to this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Free book, definitely will read this author again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great page turner with snarky tidbits sprinkled throughout Gage is a tough guy with a heart of gold..... Plus a brilliant mind .A
ronnies4 More than 1 year ago
Not your usual protagonist. A great character with flaws. Good book, interesting story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and interesting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waiting for the next installment!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished this book, and although not a big mystery fan, i must admit to being thrilled to find an admirable new author to read. The plot is well crafted,well paced, and overall well done. The characters are real and developed as much as possible without either slowing the story or writing a much longer book. I look forward to reading the rest of the series very soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read! Much enjoyed reading this book! It's well written and fast paced.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Once I got into it I found it gripping and didn't want to stop. Gage is a well developed character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced with vivid descriptions. Set the mood perfectly. Plot line made sense too.