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New Art Marvik crime novel Dangerous Cargo by Pauline Rowson launched at Portsmouth International Port

Pauline Rowson, with Dangerous Cargo and Geest Line's MV Benguela Stream at Portsmouth International PortPauline Rowson was at Portsmouth International Port to launch her latest Art Marvik marine based crime novel, Dangerous Cargo, published by Severn House (31 May 2016) and what better place to do so than in front of a cargo ship, although the cargo in the second in the crime series featuring marine investigator, Art Marvik, is of a far more deadly nature than bananas transported on the Geest Line's MV Benguela Stream, a purpose-built Dutch-registered 150m vesselfor the ocean transport of perishable cargo.

Dangerous Cargo, is the second in the Art Marvik marine crime series, the first Silent Running was published in the UK and the USA in 2015 and  has been hailed by reviewers as  'A tense, terrifying thrill ride that twists and turns with dizzying speed.'

Dangerous Cargo, the second in the Art Marvik marine crime seriesFor his second mission with the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad, (NIMS) Marvik is detailed to attend the funeral of a man who’d officially been declared dead fifty-five years earlier. So who is the imposter and why did he assume the name of a dead man?  When an innocent woman is killed during the course of the investigation, Marvik realizes that the stakes are much higher than he’d previously thought. As he begins to uncover a trail of deceit, corruption and murder that spans over half a century, Marvik must confront a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to make sure that the sins of the past stay in the past.

The Portsmouth International Port, features heavily in Pauline Rowson's popular DI Andy Horton crime novels, which are set in the city and the Solent.  The International Port, owned and operated by Portsmouth City Council has grown extensively since its formation in 1976 when initially it offered just one route to France from a small section of reclaimed harbour front. Now it is known as Britain’s Best Connected Port with more destinations than any other UK Port. The Port is also a key destination for fresh fruit and vegetables from all over the world.

Dangerous Cargo, Silent Running and Fatal Catch by Pauline RowsonThe DI Andy Horton  crime novels are also published by Severn House. Fatal Catch, the twelfth in the Horton crime series, was published in 2015. The DI Andy Horton crime novels have been optioned by top UK production company, Lime Pictures, who are seeking to bring the enigmatic sailing detective to the TV screens.

Pauline Rowson's novels have received critical acclaim in the UK, USA and Commonwealth where they have been hailed as "exemplary police procedurals”, "cleverly plotted,” "complex and multi-layered.” 

Pauline Rowson says, ' Marvik is a troubled character, tough, highly trained,fearless, intelligent and fit but he is finding it difficult to adjust to life outside the marines. Marvik, like my other hero, DI Andy Horton, has a strong sense of justice, but whereas Andy has to operate within the boundaries of the law, Marvik can go outside it and often does on his missions working undercover and as a civilian attached to the UK's secret law enforcement agency, the National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS).  These crime novels, like all my others, are set against the backdrop of the sea.' 

Edwin Buckhalter, Chairman of Severn House, says, ‘Dangerous Cargo, like the first in the series, Silent Running, has all the hallmarks of a good Rowson novel, the setting and atmosphere, the sea, interesting and diverse characters and an intricate, complex plot. An action-packed, fast-paced crime novel that will certainly excite her growing fan base.'

Pauline Rowson with Dangerous Cargo featuring marine investigator Art MarvikPauline Rowson says, 'Dangerous Cargo was a thrill to write and I hope readers enjoy Marvik's second mission for NIMS. My thanks to Portsmouth International Port for helping me to launch my latest crime novel.  It was tremendous fun.'

Dangerous Cargo is now available in hardcover from all good bookshops and on line. It can also be borrowed from libraries.

It will be published in hardcover in the USA on 1 September 2016, when it will also be released as an e book.

Pictures by Malcolm Wells.

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