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It’s a January morning and the body of a young woman, shoeless and unsuitably attired for winter, is found dead in the freezing waters of a seaside town’s harbour. She has no identification and no one has reported her missing. Did she jump, or was she pushed? Who is she? Three days later another young woman’s body, similarly dressed, is discovered in a different location. But are the two deaths linked? Detective Chief Inspector Max Cornell thinks they are and have died for the same reason. But how does he begin the investigation when faced with interference from his superior, no witnesses, clues or evidence. A gripping crime mystery, set in Newcastle and Northumberland


‘So, you have a body,’ stated Cornell. ‘Along the pier here, sir. About fifty metres,’ answered PC Green. Cornell spotted the pathologist’s tent on the pier and followed the two officers from Alnwick towards it. It was low tide and Cornell could smell the exposed seaweed on the outer side of the harbour wall. Above the sound of the wind, there was the cry of seagulls, a noise synonymous with all UK coastal towns. Some gulls were squabbling in the calm water of the harbour over something thrown overboard by a boatman. Police tape was stretched across the pier, the area guarded by a uniformed police constable who lifted the tape to allow the trio access. Inevitably and despite the weather, several people, ghoulish or just plain curious, had congregated at the tape.

Book Details

Book Type: Print & Digital

ISBN-13: 9798813777707


Language: English

Pages: 238

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Douglas John Knox is best known for his action packed mystery thrillers, including the DCI Max Cornell series. Mostly set in the North East of England, but his tales can take you off to the capital and overseas. Although blessed with a colourful imagination, Douglas didn’t start writing fiction until he retired from the Civil Service in 2005. It was then, with a compulsion to record his creations, instead of just dreaming them, that he was stimulated to write. Once a resident of County Durham, Douglas John Knox now lives in North Northumberland, the setting for many of his novels. When not writing, Douglas enjoys fly fishing and tying his own flies, gardening, which includes tending a large allotment and painting, both in watercolours and oils. Also known to have the occasional glass of red wine.

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