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.
Shrewd. Smart. Challenging. Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is on the case.
When prison inmate and former police officer John Brace says he's willing to give up information about a long-dead wheeler dealer in return for protection for his family, Vera knows that she has to look into his claims.
But opening up this cold case strikes much closer to home than Vera anticipates as her investigation takes her back in time to The Seagull, a once decadent and now derelict nightclub where her deceased father and his friends used to congregate.
As Vera's past collides dangerously with the present, she will have to confront her unwanted memories and face the possibility that her father was involved in what happened. The truth is about to come out but is Vera ready for what it will reveal?
Ann Cleeves, geboren in Herfordshire, arbeitete als Zwanzigjährige zwei Jahre lang als Köchin auf Fair Isle. Heute lebt sie mit ihrer Familie in West Yorkshire und ist Mitglied des «Murder Squad», eines illustren Krimi-Zirkels. Für «Die Nacht der Raben» wurde sie 2006 mit der weltweit wichtigsten Auszeichnung der Kriminal-Literatur ausgezeichnet dem «Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award».