Malice Of Waves


For five years Priest’s Island has guarded the secret of Max Wheeler’s disappearance. Each anniversary the boy’s family gathers at the scene to mourn his loss and commission a new inquiry into the mystery but so far nobody has been able to uncover what happened. Now Cal McGill, an oceanographer with expertise in tracking bodies at sea, has taken up the quest and finds himself caught between a father hell-bent on vengeance, a family riven by tragedy and a community resentful at being accused of murder.

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The gripping and atmospheric mystery about one boy’s disappearance from an isolated but bleakly beautiful island on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean . . .

‘A fine series of detective novels’ SUNDAY TIMES ‘CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH’

Five years ago, fourteen-year-old Max Wheeler disappeared from Priest’s Island.

It’s a close-knit local community. There are no secrets.

Except what happened to Max.

None of the police or private investigations have shed any light on what happened.

But there is one man who is yet to take on the case: The Sea Detective.

Cal McGill is an oceanographer and unique investigator who uses his knowledge of tides, winds and currents to solve mysteries no-one else can.

But Cal is an unwelcome stranger who must navigate the tensions between Max’s inconsolable father, the broken family he has neglected, and the embittered locals, resentful after years of suspicion.

As Cal arrives, a violent storm approaches, threatening to completely cut off the island, with a possible murderer at large . . .

‘The Malice of Waves is the first novel literally to give me nightmares . . . for a crime novel that’s surely a mark of distinction’ Herald

‘Really good stuff, full of atmosphere, and accomplished in both prose and plot’ Morning Star

Praise for Mark Douglas-Home:

‘A first-class mystery – perplexing and at times disturbing’ i

‘Intelligence, imagination and lucid writing’
The Times

‘I’m completely addicted to this series’ Dermot O’Leary

Additional information

Weight 0.213 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.8 cm










1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K