The coastguard found the boat drifting a few miles off the south coast.
What they discovered onboard was the last thing they expected to see.
DCI Bill Boyd - recently relocated from London to Hastings - is now with the East Sussex CID and his first case is that of a local business man and his new young wife, missing in the English Channel.
All that remains of them are the grisly discoveries aboard their half-submerged yacht and a digital trail that could put Boyd and his daughter, Emma, in danger.
Silent Tide is the first in a brand new series from Alex Scarrow
“Boyd is exactly sort of detective I need right now… compassionate, smart and informed.” 9/10
When old bones are discovered buried beside an A-road it becomes clear that Leon Martin – dubbed the Ken Doll Killer by the tabloid press – may not have taken his life 21 years ago.
As Boyd investigates the old case file it becomes clear there may be new bodies buried at lay-bys around the country - all of them marked by roadside flowers and the same unique message.
A BURNING TRUTH
When a fire destroys a landmark home in Hastings and ‘national treasure’ Sir Jeffrey Sutton’s body is found in the debris, it seems that arson may be to blame. But who would want the old man dead?
Could it be his children - both with strong motives? Or his ex-wife? His live-in carer? Or perhaps its one of those 'Westminster chums’ he got to know during his short spell in cabinet?
DCI Boyd had better find out before he becomes another detail to fix.
THE LAST TRAIN
Returning home from a police conference DCI BOYD catches the last train back to Hastings from Brighton, unaware that he's about to play a central role in what will become a sensational news story.
But Boyd is reluctant to get caught up in the media hype or have his face plastered across the tabloids, particularly when it turns that what happened aboard the train may be the final act of a horrific and tragic story.
The restoration of an old costal defence tower is halted when work starts on the flooded basement, leading to the grim discovery of a human bone.
The Napoleonic-era ruin is known to the locals as ‘Devil’s Tower’ for the many urban myths and ghost stories attributed to it. Far more terrifying is the story of its actual past.
When Boyd and the team begin to investigate they discover more than they bargained for in the dark, waterlogged void below Martello Tower No. 79.
When Jay Turner – a nightclub doorman accidentally overhears a murder being planned he suddenly becomes Hastings' MOST WANTED man! Not only is he wanted by East Sussex Police for a violent crime that he's been framed for, but, by a desperate psychopath with limitless resources who simply can't afford for Jay to live... and for the truth to come out.
With Jay on the run and DCI Boyd doing his best to keep him alive, the noose is tightening and his only chance is to go to ground.
Argyle House, the most hated home on Cottle Street. A place where the town’s unwanted and despised are housed. Given the local hostility, it’s no surprise to anyone when a body is discovered in one of its flats.
Boyd wastes no time despatching Minter and Okeke to investigate.
But it’s not long before the team realise that any one of the residents could have been the target for a trolling that went too far.
When a couple of storage auction bidders win the contents of unit 37 at 'Best Price Storage', they discover the mummified remains of three dismembered bodies inside. Thus begins a new murder case for Boyd and his team.
While East Sussex police force are concerned they may have another serial killer operating along the South Coast, Boyd suspects there may be a very different explanation.
With Boyd convalescing at home after his operation, and DS Minter preparing for his Inspector’s exam, CID Hastings is woefully under-manned.
So, when the body of a young man is found hanging from a tree – an apparent suicide, and a house is burned down killing a wheelchair-bound old woman, it’s down to DC Okeke to handle the two cases. However, as she digs into both it soon becomes apparent that they are connected to a third death, the eldest resident of an old people’s home.
As she peels the layers back and reveals the truth behind these deaths, little does she realise she’s in danger of kicking a hornet’s nest that has lain dormant for over sixty years.
OVER the last 16 years, award winning author Alex Scarrow has published 17 novels with Penguin, Orion and
Macmillan. A number of these have been optioned for film/TV development, including his bestselling thriller Last Light.
When he is not busy writing, painting or immersed in the world of VR, Alex spends most of his time trying to keep Ozzie away from the food bin.
He lives in the wilds of East Anglia with his wife, Deborah and four, permanently muddy, dogs.
OZZIE came to live with us in January 2017. He was adopted from Spaniel Aid and believed to be 7 at the time. Ozzie loves food, his mum, food, his ball, food, walks and more food.
He dreams of unrestricted access to the food bin.