Shroud of Evil, Inspector Andy Horton (11)
DI Horton is assigned the case of a missing person: Jasper Kenton, a
private investigator. Irritated at being assigned such a low-ranking investigation, Horton suspects the
disappearance has a mundane explanation but when Kenton’s car turns up,
and a shocking discovery is made, things turn serious.
DI Horton is assigned the case of a missing person: Jasper Kenton, a private investigator. The formidable Eunice Swallows, Kenton’s business partner, seems unwilling to give Horton any useful information, and Horton – irritated at being assigned such a low-ranking investigation – suspects the disappearance has a mundane explanation. Either Kenton is with a woman, or he’s stolen from a client and absconded with the money. But when Kenton’s car turns up, and a shocking discovery is made, things turn serious. Immediately, Horton finds himself embroiled in an investigation that has major personal ramifications, and one in which he has no choice but to withhold vital information. As he struggles to crack the case, he knows it is only a question of time before someone discovers he’s kept silent, and when that’s revealed, his part in hindering a major investigation will end his career . . .
Set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea in the Solent area of
Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of England. Pauline
Rowson has been hailed as "redefining the genre of the police drama”.
Her cops are tough yet fallible.
Inspector Andy Horton
Inspector Andy Horton is a flawed and rugged cop, instinctive, tough and resilient, but deeply empathetic. A man very much defined by a tormented past, but with hopes for his future. Living on board his small yacht in Southsea Marina since his estrangement from his wife, the sailing detective is a man rarely at peace, unless he is on the sea. When fighting crime he is prepared to take risks and is fearless in his search for justice. He's been raised in children's homes and foster homes after his mother abandoned him as a child. He has a desperate need to belong and yet is always on the outside. Being alone is his greatest fear, yet he is alone.
Compelling, multi-layered, gripping, a great read for mystery lovers.
"A great read for mystery lovers with plenty to keep you guessing until the last moment." Crime Book Club
"I was gripped until
the last page of this very well structured and plotted story. This was
the best book of hers that I have read so far. Very enjoyable and
"A traditional whodunit with modern twists and realistic procedural content, and unlike most of today's authors, she doesn’t flood each chapter with unnecessary violence."