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Footsteps on the Shore (An Andy Horton Marine Mystery) Hardcover – May 1, 2011
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"Footsteps on the Shore, is a detective novel in the tradition of Rankin and Harvey. Like Rebus, Rowson's DI Andy Horton, if not a loose cannon, is a detective who does not always work within the rules. As with all Rowson's novels the ending is dramatic and deeply menacing. If you are a fan of traditional detective fiction in a vivid setting that makes you believe that you are there, you will love this one." James Morley, Mystery People Magazine.
Detective Inspector Andy Horton, the star of several British police procedurals, returns for another investigation. It begins with the disappearance of Luke Felton, a convicted murderer who was recently paroled. Andy barely starts looking for Felton when a body turns up in Portsmouth Harbour--identification is going to be tricky, but it could be Felton's. Then more bodies appear, including that of a local resident from whom Andy was planning to buy a boat. Is Luke Felton dead, or is he at large, committing more murders? Rowson's earlier novels in the Horton series were all satisfactory, but she clearly has stepped up several notches with this outstanding entry. It deserves mention in the same breath as works in the upper echelon of both American procedurals (those by McBain or Joseph Wambaugh, for example) and their British counterparts, including the work of Peter Robinson and John Harvey. Andy Horton is an especially good series hero, a likable fellow with plenty of street smarts and the requisite personal baggage--an abrasive supervisor and an antagonistic soon-to-be ex-wife (like Harvey's Frank Elder). Procedural fans who haven't already read Rowson should be encouraged to do so in the strongest possible terms. --Booklist Starred Review, May 1, 2011
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"Deserves mention in the same breath as works in the upper echelon of American procedurals (those by Ed McBain or Joseph Wambaugh for example) and their British counterparts, including the work of Peter Robinson and John Harvey." Booklist
'Like Rebus, Rowson's DI Andy Horton is a detective who does not always work within the rules. As with all Rowson's novels the ending is dramatic and deeply menacing. If you are a fan of traditional detective fiction in a vivid setting that makes you believe that you are there, you will love this one.' Mystery People Magazine
'Like Ed McBain, Rowson works many subtle variations on the procedural formula (including very interesting relationships between Andy and a couple of his superiors). A definite winner in the crowded field of British procedurals.' Booklist
Pauline Rowson is also the author of several marketing and motivational books and an entertaining and inspirational speaker. Visit her website at www.rowmark.co.uk. You can also follow her on Twitter and, Facebook and Goodreads.
Top Customer Reviews
This is the first book by Rowson I have read and the 6th in the series. Her continuing character is DI Andy Horton and this story is set in the Solent area. A couple of her earlier novels had won awards which is why I picked this one up, maybe I should have read one of those because I can't see it here.
DI Andy Horton has every police procedural cliche that I can think of: a superior who hates him and wants to undermine him while claiming credit for his successes. The superior is a totally unsympathetic female character. He also so has an unfaithful almost ex-wife with a wealthy father and who tries to keep him away from their eight year old daughter because Horton was falsely accused of rape in some previous book. The almost ex-wife's lover is fat and pusillanimous. He wears leathers and rides a Harley. His mother left him as a child and he was reared by mainly abusive foster parents. He lives on a yacht moored at a marina. I could list police procedurals where all of these tropes appeared, admittedly not all at once, and where they contributed to a compelling read.
What DI Horton lacks is believability or any reason to want to read about him. I also wonder why all of the women in the book are either dead, disappeared, promiscuous, duped by men, or actively vicious. Any overweight character is depicted as criminal or immoral. Some authors are able to bring even minor, unattractive characters to life with a few lines, but Rowson is not one of them-- at least not in this book.
There is also one of my least favorite denouements where the villain explains in detail what was done to outwit the police and why it was done.
Read by Gordon Griffith not one of my favorite narrators but not actively annoying here. On my iphone Audible app I could put the speed on 1.25X which helped some.