Blood on the Sand - no. 5 in the DI Andy Horton Series
A cold grey January morning, a woman with a gun in her hand - a corpse on an abandoned golf course. Is she a killer?
Horton doesn't think so. Soon he's uncovering a web of intrigue that ripples down the years and which someone is determined should never be revealed
'Another solid entry in a consistently well written series,' Booklist USA
Inspector Andy Horton’s holiday peace is shattered when stepping out across an abandoned golf course on the Isle of Wight on a cold, grey January, he finds himself facing a distraught young woman with a gun in her hand leaning over a corpse in one of the discarded bunkers. When she professes to be the dead man’s sister and psychic, Horton’s old adversary, DCI Birch, is convinced she is mentally disturbed and the killer, but Horton is not so sure. Soon he is uncovering a web of intrigue that ripples down the years, and which someone is determined should never be revealed.
Set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea in the Solent area of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of England. Pauline Rowson has been hailed as "redefining the genre of the police drama”. Her cops are tough yet fallible.
DI Andy Horton is a flawed and rugged cop. Living on board his small yacht in Southsea Marina since his estrangement from his wife following a gross misconduct charge, the sailing detective is a man rarely at peace, unless he is on the sea. When fighting crime he is prepared to take risks and is fearless in his search for justice. He's been raised in children's homes and foster homes after his mother abandoned him as a child. He has a desperate need to belong and yet is always on the outside. Being alone is his greatest fear, yet he is alone.
'Another solid entry in a consistently well written series. Like Ed McBain, Rowson works many subtle variations on the procedural formula (including very interesting relationships between Andy and a couple of his superiors). A definite winner in the crowded field of British procedurals.' Booklist (USA)
'The very tight plotting was very impressive and make me want to look out for further books by this author. A very enjoyable read.' Terry Halligan, England, EurocrimeMarch 2010
"I greatly enjoyed Blood on the Sand. Kept me intrigued and interested all the way." Peter Lovesey, Crime Author
"I rushed home to read "Blood and Sand" which was a real page-turner! I can't wait for your new one. Since your stories are so original, and we have such fantastic locations on the south coast, I am surprised that your work has not been televised yet - is that something we can expect in the future?" Beth Rogers