Pauline Rowson discusses her new crime busting hero, Art Marvik
Marvik first appeared in SILENT RUNNING fresh out of the Royal Marines where he had served in the elite Special Boat Services. He’s tough, highly trained, fearless, intelligent and fit. But injuries inflicted while in combat have forced him to leave the Marines and seek a new life in Civvy Street. He’s not sure what lies ahead for him. Then his former Marine comrade, Shaun Strathen, enlists his help to find a missing computer scientist and a former girlfriend of Marvik’s goes missing after visiting him in his remote Isle of Wight cottage and Marvik finds his himself enlisted to work as an undercover marine investigator for the newly formed National Intelligence Marine Squad, headed by Detective Chief Superintendent Philip Crowder.
Marvik’s role in the squad is to go into a mission practically cold with minimum information, to ask questions, to stir up trouble, to put himself on the line and to provoke a killer into the open. He’s done it often in the Marines. He sees no problem in doing it for the National Intelligence Marine Squad. Both SILENT RUNNING and the second in the series, DANGEROUS CARGO, focuses on crimes that have a marine connection (obviously) and also links to the past.
In DANGEROUS CARGO Marvik is detailed to attend the funeral of a man found dead on the shores of the Isle of Wight only it’s a man who was officially identified as dead fifty five years ago.
Scarred physically from his combat injuries Marvik is also emotionally scarred by the death of his parents – his mother, a renowned marine archaeologist, his father an acknowledged expert in oceanography – were killed in an underwater earthquake in 1997. But DANGEROUS CARGO introduces a new twist to their deaths and another marine mystery that Marvik is eventually duty bound to investigate.
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