Devil & The Dark Water
An impossible murder. A remarkable detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist. The extraordinary new novel from Stuart Turton, author of the Sunday Times bestseller The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle, winner of the Costa Best First Novel Award.
- Publish Date
- October 2020
It's 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world's greatest detective, is being transported from the Dutch East Indies to Amsterdam, where he is facing trial and execution for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent, while also on board are Sara Wessel, a noble woman with a secret, and her husband, the governor general of Batavia.But no sooner is their ship out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A strange symbol appears on the sail. A dead leper stalks the decks. Livestock are slaughtered in the night.And then the passengers hear a terrible voice whispering to them in the darkness, promising them three unholy miracles. First is an impossible pursuit. Second is an impossible theft. Third is an impossible murder.Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?