The Gray and Guilty Sea


A book review of The Gray and Guilty Sea, by Scott William Carter, writing as Jack Nolte

Garrison Gage is a retired detective, a sloth of sorts, who wishes to live out his retirement unnoticed, unknown. In order to accomplish this he has moved across the nation and settled in an Oregon coastal town that has all the earmarks of Newport.

At dawn he takes his quiet, daily walks along the beach, and then returning to his rented house to brew a pot of coffee. However, on the morning in question he discovers the body of a young woman. Attempting to remain anonymous, he dials 911 from a pay phone. But unable to stay out of the thick of it, he returns to the scene, and soon learns that most people already know his identity. The local police want him to stay out of their case, which causes him to get involved.

The plot weaves in and out of a dozen situations, causing suspicion to be cast on one, and then another.

If you enjoy mysteries, and like to analyze clues, racing the author to his final conclusion, you will most likely enjoy this book. I did.