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When the body of journalist Jerry Markham is found in a traditional Shetland boat, outside the house of the Fiscal, down at the Marina, young Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted in from the Hebrides to head up the investigation. Since the death of his fiancée, 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. His local knowledge is invaluable as the close-knit community holds many secrets. Markham – originally from Shetland - made a name for himself in London. He left the islands years before to pursue a burgeoning writing career. In his wake, he left a a scandal involving a young girl, Evie Watt, who is now engaged to a seaman. He had few friends there, so why was he back in Shetland? Willow and Jimmy are led to Sullom 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 – for someone – significant enough to warrant his death… This is the fifth novel in the hugely popular “Shetland” series, which is also now a major BBC drama.