Monday, May 16, 2016

THE SEA DETECTIVE by Mark Douglas-Home








Mark Douglas-Home's The Sea Detective weaves together three good stories.

Edinburgh, Scotland, police catch Caladh McGill trying to plant strange plants in the gardens of well-known public officials. 

McGill is a climate change protester. The plants are plants from among the few species to have survived the age of the glaciers. McGill plants them in public and private gardens to warn of the second coming glacial age.

With this opening, and a humorous exchange with pompous Detective Inspector David Ryan, Cal McGill, "the sea detective," links up with the police.

McGill is a PhD oceanography student. He studies ocean currents and how they affect flotsam and jetsam.

When police begin to find human feet clad in Nike sneakers washing up on local shores, DC Helen Jamieson, an outcast assistant to the pompous Ryan, thinks to enlist McGill in the investigation.

That the first story.

The second story has to do with human trafficking. Basanti, a 14-year-old Bengalese girl escapes from the brutal pedophiles who have brought her to Scotland. She asks McGill to use his oceanography skills to help her find another trafficked friend.

The third story is the story of McGill's grandfather Uilleam Sinclair and what happened to him on his isolated home island in the WW II.

All the stories are interesting in themselves. They work together wonderfully. 

The Sea Detective has other stories too. McGill's relationship with his divorced wife, and Jamieson's family story are among them.

I skipped other things to find time to read The Sea Detective.

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I learned about this book on an excellent blog--Kittling: Books.

2 comments:

Cathy said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this, Joe-- and I see that you're on to the next book!

Joe Barone said...

Thanks for another good suggestion, Cathy.