Dead Water (Shetland) ペーパーバック – 2013/9/12
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Dead Water is the fifth book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - a major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall. When the body of journalist Jerry Markham is found in a traditional Shetland boat, outside the house of the local public prosecutor, down at the Marina, young Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted in to head up the investigation. Since the death of his fiancee, Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his interest in this new case is stirred and he decides to help the inquiry. Markham - originally a Shetlander but who had made a name for himself in London - had left the islands years before. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl, Evie Watt, who is now engaged to a seaman. He had few friends in Shetland, so why was he back? Willow and Jimmy are led to Sullum Voe, the heart of Shetland's North Sea oil and gas industry. It soon emerges from their investigation that Markham was chasing a story in his final days. One that must have been significant enough to warrant his death . . . Also available in the Shetland series are Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, Blue Lightning and Thin Air.
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 over 1 million copies worldwide. Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of 'Murder Squad', working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. In 2006 Ann was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for Best Crime Novel, for Raven Black, the first book in her Shetland series. Some of her other novels include the popular Vera Stanhope series, The Crow Trap, Telling Tales, Hidden Depths, Silent Voices, The Glass Room, Harbour Street and The Moth Catcher. In 2012 she was inducted into the CWA Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame. Ann lives in North Tyneside.
The procedural that takes up most of this book is classic Cleeves and deliciously serpentine and translucent, BUT somewhere in the last few chapters, the story just loses steam. The back-and-forth between the investigating characters seems increasingly forced and the tone of things slips into the melodramatic. By the conclusion--which isn't up to Cleeves' usual standards--the reader (this reader, at least), is pretty tired of the universally traumatized characters and not ready to buy the motives presented for crime(s)--especially for a second murder that is staged in such a way that leave even the book's principals disbelieving.
The good news about "Dead Water" is that Jimmy Perez has been resuscitated and will probably be back in a sequel. Hopefully, the author will have regained full footing for the next installment.
I’ll be honest: I’m only here reading this series because of 3 things: the television show; the Shetland Islands; and Douglas Henshall. Cleeves does one thing really well: leaves you parked inside just a few characters in detail whilst the events unfold all round. Might be the murderer; might not, but the deep dips into the individual gestures, thoughts and habits from an individual and isolated perspective in the story is good stuff.
But anomalies like the foregoing produce an exponentially negative effect on my enjoyment. Like every mystery/detective reader, I go for the clues, the details, with the expectation that the author is in full possession of them themselves and is leaving me a path of speculation, discovery. Little things like that might hide bigger things, so I become suspect of the author, and I’m disappointed it’s happened with Ann Cleeves. In Red Bones an even less significant anomaly takes place in a single scene involving the clothing the character of Sophie was wearing in the Pier House Bar. It changes.
All up, going to Shetland this way is atmospheric and largely engaging. Cleeves has her occasional moments with the literarily satisfying. But reading these books has mostly increased my admiration for the television team, its careful, selective script writers; its sublime cinematography; and Douglas Henshall. The elegant economy of his Perez has more in it than pages of indulgent descriptions from the book.
An outsider is brought in to work the case, but she soon discovers she needs someone with community ties and finds Detective Jimmy Perez.
Jimmy is taking a leave from the department due to mental problems. He's also looking after his dead lover's child while recovering from her violent death, a responsibility that keeps him sane. But he's gradually drawn into the case when locals seem to be involved.
Another murder, then another and Jimmy forgets his own tragedy to weave the facts together and unmask a killer.