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by Penquin, 24 March 2016. ISBN: 978-1-405-91693-6 (PB)
When DCI Guillermo Downes is
called to a murder victim, he recognises him – the chief suspect in the
disappearance of two girls a decade earlier, and the man whose wife died in a
swimming pool accident just five years previously. Since then, he’s turned his
mansion into a fortress – but it’s only when someone else turns it into an
inferno that a skeleton is found ...
of this PP is narrated by DCI Guillermo Downes himself, a maverick loner in the
best detective tradition. He’s Argentinian, run away to safety from the
murderous junta, but still homesick for warmth, for his family, for his
football team. His subordinates are wary of him – he’s got rid of three
sergeants in as many months, and is known as ‘Shotgun’ – but we gradually learn
the reasons behind his idiosyncracies. Other chapters are narrated by his
latest sergeant, Greaves, expelled from his former station for whistle-blowing,
and resenting this exile in boring rural Oxfordshire – except that between
murders, arson, and reviving the case of the lost girls, the action is
non-stop, and the case a gripping one for both detectives and reader. The main
characters are interesting and the relationship between them convincingly
drawn; the plot is clever, leading you towards the final satisfying solution
without giving it away too soon.
unusual page-turner PP with an interestingly different detective. Recommended.
James Marrison is a journalist . Originally from the Cotswolds
James now lives in Buenos Aires which provides the inspiration for the lead character
, Argentinian born detective Guillermo Downes, in his debut novel The Drowning Ground.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.