It’s Devon and hell

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Books & DVD/BLU-RAY -

THIS ter­rific thriller’s set in a darker win­tery Devon than the one sum­mer tourists love.

Even the rain, sea, and the mys­te­ri­ous po­etry of ocean row­ing, be­come sin­is­ter play­ers as po­lice probe the death of ruth­less prop­erty de­vel­oper Jake Kin­sey. He ap­par­ently fell from his pen­t­house bal­cony over­look­ing Ex­mouth har­bour, but DS Jimmy Sut­tle dis­cov­ers many would gladly have pushed him, in­clud­ing row­ers in the team he bank rolled, and those who want to pro­tect the coast­line from his de­vel­op­ments.

Sut­tle still works long hours af­ter leav­ing Portsmouth to join the Ma­jor Crimes team, and his wife Lizzie’s go­ing stir crazy in their damp old cot­tage look­ing af­ter the baby. Sut­tle sug­gests she take up row­ing as an es­cape, and now has some one in­side Kin­sey’s world. But he couldn’t count on Lizzie be­com­ing at­tracted to a rower with a tragic past. A man who could be a killer. Re­lent­lessly grip­ping and su­perbly crafted.

Re­view by Alex Gor­don. Name the cop in Hur­ley’s pre­vi­ous best sell­ing se­ries. En­tries to Alex Gor­don, West­ern com­pe­ti­tion, by Thurs­day, Jan­uary 17.

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