The Devil and the Dark Water (1st October 2020)

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It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported from the Dutch East Indies to Amsterdam, where he is facing trial and execution for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent, while also on board are Sara Wessel, a noble woman with a secret, and her husband, the governor general of Batavia.

But no sooner is their ship out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A strange symbol appears on the sail. A dead leper stalks the decks.

Livestock are slaughtered in the night. And then the passengers hear a terrible voice whispering to them in the darkness, promising them three unholy miracles.

First: an impossible pursuit.

Second: an impossible theft.

Third: an impossible murder.

Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes? With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent and Sara can solve a mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board…

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Description

An impossible murder

A remarkable detective duo

A demon who may or may not exist

The extraordinary new novel from Stuart Turton, author of the Sunday Times bestseller, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, winner of the Costa Best First Novel Award.

Praise for The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle:

‘Turton has astonishing ambition and narrative skill to match’ Daily Telegraph

‘Fiendishly clever’ The Times

‘Prepare to have your brain fried and your mind blown’ Daily Express

It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported from the Dutch East Indies to Amsterdam, where he is facing trial and execution for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent, while also on board are Sara Wessel, a noble woman with a secret, and her husband, the governor general of Batavia.

But no sooner is their ship out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A strange symbol appears on the sail. A dead leper stalks the decks.

Livestock are slaughtered in the night. And then the passengers hear a terrible voice whispering to them in the darkness, promising them three unholy miracles.

First: an impossible pursuit.

Second: an impossible theft.

Third: an impossible murder.

Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes? With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent and Sara can solve a mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board…

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
ISBN

9781408889640

Author

Turton, Stuart

Publisher

Raven Books

Binding

Hardback

1 review for The Devil and the Dark Water (1st October 2020)

  1. uriel walker (verified owner)

    I found this a very satisfying read. It’s a huge book, over 500 pages to get lost in, and covers many themes within its serpentine plot.

    I enjoyed the sense of danger compounded by an atmosphere of absolute distrust and fatal suspicion.

    That it was not precisely historically accurate, and indeed part shaggy dog story, bothered me not one jot. It was a good old fashioned rollicking tale well told. I believe fans of the Game of Thrones series would likely appreciate this book too.

    Highly recommended.

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