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The Seagull

The Seagull

Detective Vera Stanhope, immortalised in print and on screen by ITV, returns in the captivating eighth novel from the bestselling series by Ann Cleeves, the 2017 recipient of the Diamond Dagger Award.

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ISBN 9781447278351
Barcode 9781447278351
Published 29 August 2017 by Pan Macmillan
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Air Iri OME
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Author(s) By Cleeves, Ann
Series Vera Stanhope (part: 8)

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ISBN-13 9781447278351
ISBN-10 1447278356
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Macmillan
Publication Date 29 August 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Air Iri OME
Edition Air Iri OME
Author(s) By Cleeves, Ann
Series Vera Stanhope (part: 8)
Category Modern Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fiction
Interest Age 18+ years
Reading Age 18+ years
NBS Text Crime, Thriller & Adventure
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 544g
Dewey Code Not specified
Catalogue Code 754690

Description of this Book

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 is 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 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, about corruption deep in the heart of a community, and about fragile, and fracturing, family relationships.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A fine writer Sunday Telegraph Cleeves is quietly carving out a reputation as the new Queen of Crime Sunday Mirror Nobody does unsettling undercurrents better than Ann Cleeves -- Val McDermid Ann Cleeves is a skilful technician, keeping our interest alive and building slowly up to the denouement. Her easy use of language and clever story construction make her one of the best natural writers of detective fiction Daily Express

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Author's Bio

Ann Cleeves is the author behind ITV's Vera and BBC One's Shetland. She has written over thirty novels, and is the creator of detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez - characters loved both on screen and in print. Her books have now sold millions of copies worldwide. Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of `Murder Squad', working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. In 2006 Ann was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for Best Crime Novel for Raven Black, the first book in her Shetland series. Some of her other novels include the popular Shetland series, Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, Blue Lightning, Dead Water and Thin Air. In 2012 she was inducted into the CWA Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame and is the 2017 recipient of the CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing.. Ann lives in North Tyneside.

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