The Seagull - Vera Stanhope (Paperback)Ann Cleeves (author)
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The eighth book in the bestselling Vera Stanhope series.
A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent, and now inmate, John Brace.
Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren.
He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay. However, when a search team investigates, officers find not one skeleton, but two. This cold case takes Vera back in time, and very close to home, as Brace and Marshall, along with a mysterious stranger known only as 'the Prof', were close friends of Hector, her father. Together, they were 'the Gang of Four', and Hector had been one of the last people to see Marshall alive.
Vera must confront her prejudices and unwanted memories to dig out the truth, as the past begins to collide dangerously with the present...
The Seagull is Ann Cleeves' searing new novel. Rooting out corruption deep in the heart of a community it's a chilling drama of deep-set prejudice and fragile and fracturing, family relationships.
Ann Cleeves became a household name with the award-winning major BBC One drama of her series Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall and the ITV serialisation of her Vera series. Yet Waterstones’ booksellers and readers alike were singing her praises long before that. Many of her novels are rooted in the wild Northumberland landscape that is her home including the novels featuring her detective Vera Stanhope who first appeared in The Crow Trap in 1999. Cleeves is also the author of several standalone novels include The Sleeping and the Dead and Burial of Ghosts.
The Seagull is the eighth book in the Vera series, earlier titles in the series in order are: The Crow Trap, Telling Tales, Hidden Depths, Silent Voices, The Glass Room, Harbour Street and The Moth Catcher.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 294 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 25 mm
"Darker and more intricate than ever, [The Seagull] shows a new side to Vera as she confronts her prejudices and the past." - The Times
"An excellent, atmospheric mystery. Ann Cleeves is our Queen in the North, and The Seagull another jewel in her crown." - Mick Herron
"I loved The Seagull - quite simply it reminds me why Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers! I relish learning more about Vera with each book, and The Seagull provides fresh insight into one of our most complex and lovable sleuths." - Louise Penny
"Ann Cleeves has an enviable talent . . . I love these books." - CrimeSquad
"A fine writer." - Sunday Telegraph
"Cleeves is carving out a reputation as the new Queen of Crime." - Sunday Mirror
"Nobody does unsettling undercurrents better than Ann Cleeves." - Val McDermid
"One of the best natural writers of detective fiction." - Daily Express
"Fans of curmudgeonly cop Vera Stanhope, prepare for a treat." - Good Housekeeping
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