The devil and the dark water

by Turton, Stuart,

Format: Book on CD 2020
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Northland Public Library Audio Books FIC TURTON (COMPACT DISC)
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Audio Books
Whitehall Public Library AudioBook Collection ABOCD Turton
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  AudioBook Collection
Call Number  ABOCD Turton
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 71/2 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. Traveling 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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The eight-month voyage from Batavia to Amsterdam in 1634 is always perilous, and, as the Saardam prepares to sail, a leper sounds a warning that this trip will end very badly for all aboard. Passengers include Governor General Jan Haan, who is intending to be made a ruler of the United East Indian Company in Amsterdam; his wife, Sara Wessel; his daughter, Lia; and mistress, Cressjie Jens. Also on board are noted mystery solver Samuel Pipps, currently imprisoned, and his bodyguard and apprentice, Lieutenant Arent Hayes. The ship soon appears to be inhabited by the demon Old Tom, whose sign--an eye with a tail--was on its sail and now is found everywhere aboard, as the demon whispers nightly to crew and passengers, offering to fulfill their desires if they follow him. The Saardam faces natural as well as supernatural forces as a mysterious ship trails it, and the body count mounts. A marked departure from Turton's debut (71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, 2018), this is a rousing, action-filled mystery. With a reading-group guide and a short author interview appended, it's tailor-made for book groups with a taste for bloody adventure."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Set in 1634, this outstanding whodunit from Turton (The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle) opens in Batavia, where celebrated investigator Samuel Pipps, who was working in the Dutch East Indies until his arrest for an unknown reason, is about to be transported to Amsterdam aboard the Saardam, along with his longtime sidekick, Arent Hayes. From the dock, a bloody man issues a dire warning to the Saardam's crew and passengers. As the grim figure, who appears to have leprosy, prophesies that the ship won't reach its destination, his clothing bursts into flame. Hayes and another passenger, the governor-general's wife, rush to help the dying man, only to find that his tongue had been cut out, making any speech impossible. The puzzles only continue once the vessel sets sail, including a locked-room murder, the reappearance of the dead leper, and a ghost ship dogging the Saardam. As Turton ratchets up the tension en route to the brilliant resolution of the plot, he keeps readers in doubt as to whether a rational explanation is possible. Fans of impossible crime fiction won't want to miss this one. Agent: Harry Illingworth, DHH Literary Agency. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Demonology -- Fiction.
Ocean travel -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher [Old Saybrook, Conn.] :Tantor Media,2020
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Stewart, Cameron (Actor), narrator.
Participants/Performers Read by James Cameron Stewart.
Language English
Notes Title from disc surface.
Compact discs.
Description 14 audio discs (17 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781705268469
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