If you dare read this book you will see through a window into an unexposed part of the merchant marine. Crime existed in this world of seamen but for reasons unorthodox went undetected. The case of 'Jack The Ripper' has recently uncovered a picture where a crewman on a German ship trading between London and Bremer Haven at that time could have been the elusive killer. The killings stopped but sometime later a man was arrested in New York for a similar murder and convicted and subsequently executed, this man was the one alluded to as a crewman on the German ship during the 'Jack The Ripper' murders. The English detective Henry Carter from the small town of Runcorn on the Manchester Ship Canal stumbles across a clue after exhausting all avenues to find the killer of his sixteen year old niece. This thought provoking clue of a crewman on a ship docked in Runcorn overnight when his niece was brutally raped and murdered, begins to take shape. With the help of Vera his liberated lover and secretary of the Shipping Company, and his colleagues at Scotland Yard, he narrows the search to four crewmen on S.S.RANGOON. The unique assignment for a serving officer to track down this killer has Henry joining the ship S.S.RANGOON as a crewman. His quest takes him into the unknown maritime world of 1950s, he has to deal with the rigors of life in the merchant navy and the dark and seedy underbelly of tropical ports. He faces many dangers as the psychopath continues to mutilate and murder at will. A cruel twist of justice sees Henry devastated. However although many years pass he remains determined to bring the killer to account. His meeting with the beautiful 'Sea Gypsy' Kerstin opens up lost chapters in both their lives. In his quest to track down the cruel killer he sails the Islands of the Caribbean where he discovers his lost family from a previous relationship, and much more. Follow Henry across the oceans of the world and also visit some wonderful and beautiful places and meet people from all the continents. Pages 410
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This was pretty bad. Which is a shame, as the plot idea is rather good. There were several problems. - There were very, very many grammatical errors. They made reading difficult, as I didn't know who was talking all of the time, and I didn't know whether they were talking or not. - The Oxford comma is a good idea to use once in a while. Or, you know, just any comma. There are so many sentences like" Right thanks mate." - The characters are supposed to be British. Please write British. - The characters are supposed to be British. The wouldn't consistently order a scotch, they would say which whiskey they wanted. Especially in a very posh restaurant, the butler wouldn't say he could recommend "the finest scotch". - Look at these sentences: "1will I need my weapon." "Aye, leave it, I have mine." (All sic.) - The conversations seem forced. They are not natural. It's just not probable that, during a 2 minutes phone call,...
I enjoyed the detective approach and how John brought in the story the change in technology over the years and how it helps to close so many unsolved cases. Not a fan of the writing style as I felt the audience was intended to be young teens, if not for the actual subject.
My favourite quote, because it reminded me so special moments in my life - "They were in a wonderful world of unreal dimensions; a world that can last for only a short time, and must fade away like a wisp of morning mist in the stark reality of being."
I laughed about myself and then wondered if the author was speaking about himself widen he wrote "He amused himself as he imagined a ship full of dithering old people, and then his smug grin suddenly left his face when he realized his own puppy days were long gone."
What a wonderful book. Romance, travel, suspense with great characters. Henry never lost track of what the final result had to be. Everyone should read this.
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