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Published (UK) by Orion, 30 July 2015. ISBN: 978-1409140740
Published (US) by Little Brown, 1 December 2015. ISBN 978-0-3163-8054-6 (HB)
Paperback (US). Published 14 March 2017. ISBN
From the publisher: A
wealthy businesswoman disappears from her Glasgow home without a trace, leaving
her husband and children panicked but strangely resistant to questioning.
Tracing the woman’s cell phone records, police detective Alex Morrow discovers
a call made from an unlikely location. A sleepy seaside community,
Helensburgh is the last place you’d go looking for violence. But Morrow’s
investigation uncovers disturbing clues and a dead body in a nearby lake.
When a connection to someone close to her surfaces, the case gets more personal
than she could have imagined.
In this newest book featuring DI Alex Morrow, she
is assisted by DCs McGrain and Thankless [the anticipated jokes I looked for
never appearing, surprisingly], working out of the London Road Police Station
of Police Scotland. There is a lot made of the upcoming referendum on
independence, with every inhabitant apparently wearing stickers identifying
which side they were on.
There are a number of men and women introduced who
indulge in local crime, many of them having spent time in prison. It
became a bit difficult to distinguish among them after a while, I must
admit. One who stands out, however, is Danny McGrath, Morrow’s
half-brother, “a well-known and feared Glasgow gangster until he was sentenced
to eight years for conspiracy to commit murder . . . who was carrying on his
business vicariously from prison,” who appears almost exclusively in Morrow’s
preoccupation with him. “They all knew that the black economy was
essential. Men like Danny were responsible for twenty percent of global
GDP. If justice was done and they were all imprisoned, the world economy would
collapse. Civilisations would fall.”
The title references the two substances, salt and
water, that can wash away the first of them, blood.
The novel is engrossing, although I found this
entry in the series somewhat hard to follow, as were its characters.
However, this author always provides interesting narratives, and as all her
earlier novels, it is recommended.
Denise Minawas born in Glasgow in 1966. Because of her father's
job as an engineer, the family followed the north sea oil boom of the seventies
around Europe, moving twenty one times in eighteen years from Paris to the
Hague, London, Scotland and Bergen. She left school at sixteen and did a number
of poorly paid jobs: working in a meat factory, bar maid, kitchen porter and
cook. Eventually she settled in auxiliary nursing for geriatric and terminal
care patients. At twenty one she passed exams, got into study Law at Glasgow
University and went on to research a PhD thesis at Strathclyde University on
the ascription of mental illness to female offenders, teaching criminology and
criminal law in the mean time. Misusing her grant she stayed at home and wrote
a novel, Garnethill when she was
supposed to be researching and writing her thesis.Garnethill
won the Crime Writers' Association John Creasy Dagger for the best first crime
novel and was the start of a trilogy completed by Exile and Resolution. A
fourth novel followed, a stand alone, named Sanctum
in the UK and Deception in the US. In
2005 The Field of Blood was
published, the first of a series of five books following the career and life of
journalist Paddy Meehan from the newsrooms of the early 1980s, through the
momentous events of the nineteen nineties.
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.