The Devil and the Dark Water
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A murder on the high seas. A remarkable detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist.
The extraordinary new novel from Stuart Turton, author of the bestselling The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, winner of the Costa Best First Novel Award.
It's 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world's greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed 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.
But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered.
And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel.
Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?
With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger. A mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.
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- Case Count: Hardcover: 16, Paperback: 20
"A devilish sea saga that never runs out of cutthroat conspiracies." — Kirkus Reviews, STARRED Review
[An] outstanding whodunit... Fans of impossible crime fiction won't want to miss this one.
"The Devil and the Dark Water artfully combines intriguing characters, fascinating historical details and a seafaring labyrinth of twists and turns—not to mention a demon named Old Tom...History and mystery lovers alike will delight in the heart-racing escapades of The Devil and the Dark Water." — BookPage, STARRED Review
"An enjoyable throwback to the exaggeratedly intellectual plotting of Golden Age crime fiction." — Library Journal
"[A] rousing, action-filled mystery." — Booklist
"If you read one book this year, make sure it's this one." — Daily Mail
"The locked room murder meets a Michael Bay movie, by way of Treasure Island; you can't know what's going on, if only because the author won't let you know until he's delivered the final surprise - and another one after that. The effect is irresistible." — The Guardian
""Compulsively readable...Perfect for readers who like a little occult with their mystery."" — The New York Times Book Review
"Turton has a fantastic time laying out the details of his intricate plot, leaving the reader wondering if it is something human or supernatural causing the devilry on the Saardam." — The Observer New Review
"Nothing short of thrilling and spellbinding." — The Strand Magazine
"And unlike most whodunits I wouldn't recommend it for pre-lights-out reading - not just because of the spooky bits, but because such a lovingly complex construct needs readers who are fully awake." — The Sunday Telegraph