About the author: Stuart Turton is a freelance journalist who lives in West London with his wife and daughter. Stuart is not to be trusted - in the nicest possible way. He is the author of the international bestseller The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, a murder mystery on the high seas that spins together Stephen King-like horror, a Sherlock Holmes-esque detective, and a dash of Pirates of the Caribbean. Stuart is the winner of the Brighton and Hove Short Stories and was longlisted for the BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines Competition. His latest novel The Devil and the Dark Water is highlighted below.
The Devil and the Dark Water
A murder on the high seas… A remarkable detective duo... A demon that may or may not exist…
The Devil and the Dark Water is the extraordinary new novel from Stuart Turton, author of the bestselling The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, and the 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’s innocent.
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.
Advance Praise for The Devil and the Dark Water:
"A devilish sea saga that never runs out of cutthroat conspiracies." – Kirkus, STARRED Review
"The Devil and the Dark Water is mind-bending, genre-bending, intricate, vivid, intelligent, and with one of the most gloriously grizzly cast of characters ever. An absolute razztwizzler of a novel." – Ali Land, author of Good Me, Bad Me