The Seagull is Ann Cleeves’ searing eighth novel in the bestselling Vera Stanhope series, about corruption deep in the heart of a community, and about fragile, and fracturing, family relationships.
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 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 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 . . .
About the Author
Ann Cleeves is the author behind ITV's Vera and BBC One's Shetland. She has written over twenty-five 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 Cleeves has an enviable talent . . . I love these books * CrimeSquad * Nobody does unsettling undercurrents better than Ann Cleeves -- Val McDermid Cleeves is carving out a reputation as the new Queen of Crime * Sunday Mirror * A fine writer * Sunday Telegraph * Fans of curmudgeonly cop Vera Stanhope, prepare for a treat * Good Housekeeping * I loved The Seagull - quite simply it reminds me why Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers! I relish learning more about Vera with each book, and The Seagull provides fresh insight into one of our most complex and lovable sleuths. -- Louise Penny Darker and more intricate than ever, [The Seagull] shows a new side to Vera as she confronts her prejudices and the past * Woman & Home * Millions will be familiar with Brenda Blethyn's portrayal of Vera in the television series of the same name but Cleeves' engaging prose provides a much deeper, subtler insight into an intriguing and likeable character . . . readers will enjoy Vera's relentless quest for the truth in this astutely observed, atmospheric crime novel. * Daily Express * An excellent, atmospheric mystery. Ann Cleeves is our Queen in the North, and The Seagull another jewel in her crown. -- Mick Herron The Seagull brilliantly evokes the run-down seaside resort of Whitley Bay . . . a mystery as satisfying as anything Cleeves has written. * Sunday Times *