The Gray and Guilty Sea A curmudgeon An iconoclast A loner That s how people describe Garrison Gage and that s when they re being charitable After his wife is brutally murdered in New York and Gage himself is beaten nearly

  • Title: The Gray and Guilty Sea
  • Author: Jack Nolte Scott William Carter
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  • Page: 210
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  • A curmudgeon An iconoclast A loner That s how people describe Garrison Gage, and that s when they re being charitable After his wife is brutally murdered in New York, and Gage himself is beaten nearly to death, the crippled misanthrope retreats three thousand miles to the quaint coastal town of Barnacle Bluffs, Oregon He spends the next five years in a convalescent stA curmudgeon An iconoclast A loner That s how people describe Garrison Gage, and that s when they re being charitable After his wife is brutally murdered in New York, and Gage himself is beaten nearly to death, the crippled misanthrope retreats three thousand miles to the quaint coastal town of Barnacle Bluffs, Oregon He spends the next five years in a convalescent stupor, content to bide his time filling out crossword puzzles and trying to forget that his wife s death is his fault But all that changes when he discovers the body of a young woman washed up on the beach, and his conscience draws him back into his old occupation, forcing him to confront the demons of his own guilt before he can hope to solve the girl s murder.

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    1. Strong start, weak middle, little back story of what drove him into exile. After too much introspection, it was hard to finish. The finish was nicer than the middle. This review sounds like a puzzle.

    2. I saw this book on last month. It sounded interesting and the price was right. Free (Kindle version). I am next in line for a book I have on hold at my local library and was looking for a quick read. This novel is only 265 pages so I decided to read this while waiting for the book I have on hold to become available. At first I wasn't sure whether I was going to like the book. It started a little slow and weak and it was difficult to get into the characters and the story.Garrison Gage is a loner [...]

    3. A decent first in a series by Jack Nolte who writes under the non de plume, Scott William Carter.Garrison Gage has ended up in beach community in Oregon, as far from NYC as he can get. He's running from the memories of his wife's murder, too. He's grumpy. He's a loner. But when he finds the body of a teen-aged girl on the beach, something within him begins to thaw. He feels the responsibility to find out who she is and why she was killed. He knows if he can find out those two things, he'll know [...]

    4. Decent characters though I found it hard to get a 'handle' on how old Gage was meant to be. He seemed a little 'unformed' in places. I only had a hazy idea about his backstory and what happened to him, and he spent a lot of time in introspection, which became a little boring after a while. In some scenes the writing was really beautiful, intense and emotional but there were also numerous editing errors, some of which had me re-reading pages in an attempt to make sense of what was happening.Howev [...]

    5. 3.5* A retired investigator Garrison Gage, finds a body of a young girl washed up on a beach. Although he has given up on life something about this girl lights the spark that brings him out of his self imposed exile. This is a good thriller with well written atmospheric scenes and humorous quick-witted dialogue. An enjoyable read.

    6. My ambivalence about this book flows strong and deep. I couldn't hate it; there was some nice writing here:"It's my last dying wish. It'd make me happy." Garrison stared at her, bemused at her chutzpah."I thought you were going to use that line on Zoe?""Oh, I will. But it's the kind of line I plan to get plenty of mileage out of.""…His brown tweed suit fit so loosely Gage figured he'd slip out of it if he stood too fast.""He loaded up his Beretta and tucked it inside his jacket, the weight of [...]

    7. I discovered the Garrison Gage Mystery series through a book blogger whose name, unfortunately, escapes me. I keep reminding myself to take note of the source of my discoveries, but there are so many, I’m discouraged by the time leakage. I must become more disciplined because book bloggers are so generous with their information that the least I can do is give them credit for leading the way.The first book in Scott William Carter’s Garrison Gage Mystery series, The Gray and Guilty Sea, starte [...]

    8. We find Garrison Gage, ex-New York private detective, who has lost his wife to murder and been almost beaten to death, now walking on the beach of Barnacle Bluffs in Oregon. Because of these injuries, he walks with the aid of a cane. He stumbles across the body of a young woman on the beach and informs the police.His conscience draws him back to his old occupation when the police are not making any headway.He enlists the aid of the beautiful Carmen Horne bridge sole proprietor of the local newsp [...]

    9. The cover picture caught my attention, the title drew me in. Reminiscent of "The Old Man and the Sea", "Moby Dick" and other sea faring or sea side tales, the ebook was begging to be read. Toss in a free download and color me hooked!The synopsis sums up the story nicely, so I won't go into it here. Carter knows how to write, how to develop character, time and place without excess exposition or relying too heavily on any one theme. Carefully crafted, although I will air a minor gripe, that the ti [...]

    10. This is the first book of the Garrison Gage series about a former investigator who moved to an Oregon beach town to heal his wounds. Back in New York his wife was murdered, he was severely beaten, and now he must use a cane to walk. Other than limited interactions with a couple of people, he has spent five years doing crosswords puzzles, missing his wife and blaming himself for her death. His discovery of the body of a young girl washed up on the beach is the first thing to motivate him to emerg [...]

    11. A decent thriller type mystery. I found the backstory about Garrison Gage a tad frustrating -- we are told bits & pieces but apparently everyone in the book knows more than we do, as they can find out by Googling him (as Gage more than once remarks). Unfortunately, I can't find out that way!

    12. A beautiful young woman’s body washes up on an Oregon beach. Her pale skin seems almost translucent, frames by a mass of nearly white-blond hair. Her blue eyes stared vacantly at the small clouds, dotting the cerulean sky. As fate would have it, this cruel and morbid scene plays out by the beach house of a reclusive ex-private investigator.Garrison Gage is a broken man. Once at the pinnacle of his profession, he was now a physical and emotional invalid. A bat had crushed his knee while he was [...]

    13. A girl washes up on the beach of Barnacle Bluffs, Oregon. Retired and recluse, private detective, Garrison Gage finds the body. Not his idea of starting the day off on the right foot. For five years he’s retained his anonymity. A perfect day for him is coffee, crosswords and visiting his only acquaintance, Alex, who runs Books and Oddities. They are the perfect odd couple. Throw in the fact the Gage doesn’t own a computer, cell phone or land line, makes him the most unlikely of candidates to [...]

    14. I really liked this one! The main character is a recluse who is reluctantly pulled into the workings of the small coastal community that he moved to a few years ago to escape memories of the past. After stumbling upon the body of a girl on the beach, he feels compelled to investigate the circumstances that led up to her death, even though he retired from private investigation. Naturally, this brings him into contact with all sorts of interesting people in the small town. I have a soft spot for c [...]

    15. A very good suspense story with interesting characters. I was left guessing who was the killer until very near the end.

    16. Solid mystery novel that kept me reading. I don't think the author tied the strings together as well as he might have towards the end, but very enjoyable.

    17. This book was a nice discovery. It had a really interesting external mystery as well as the protagonist's internal turmoils about his past, present, disabilities, and relationship hangups. Garrison Gage has a curmudgeonly wit and a really good detective's way of looking at evidence and coming up with numerous possibilities. I also really enjoyed the writing - there were super descriptions without being tedious; similes and metaphors that made me smile; and some really beautiful language. I look [...]

    18. Not the worst book I've ever read, but it was also more confusing than satisfying.The good:The book was professionally edited and well put-together - thank you! This is an author who cares about their book. It gets a full extra star just for this.While I agree with the others that the protagonist is vague in many ways, I thought he was complete and well developed from an emotional standpoint. That is, I found his reactions authentic and distinct from other characters. I also really liked some of [...]

    19. Garrison Gage is a recluse in a tiny town, a retired private detective who looks at the world through a jaundiced eye. One could hardly blame him: his last case in New York left him a widower and a cripple. Passing his days with crossword puzzles and solitude, his gumshoe instincts are reawakened when he comes across a random dead girl on the beach. So much for retirement.In The Gray and Guilty Sea, Nolte draws us in right from the get-go. Everything after that is a fast-paced story that keeps y [...]

    20. If you like the type of dectective that reminds you of Dashill Hammit's work, then Scott William Carter has a mystery for you!After losing his wife and his health during his last job, Garrison Gage has disconnected, literally and figuratively, moving out to the Oregon coast. He likes being reclusive. No one gets hurt that way.However, he finds the body of a young woman washed up on the shore one morning, and decides she needs someone who cares enough to find out who she was and just what happene [...]

    21. I like this book because it uses a great anti-hero and curmudgeon in protagonist Garrison Gage. The PNW setting seems to conjure up many images of grey, stormy skies and perpetual rain to accompany the dark deeds and findings within.I admit I struggled a little bit with the climax of the story as a bit of a cliché plot device, but it wasn't a major distraction. Like science-fiction settings, you have to suspend a little disbelief and move forward.Yes, there are some gaps in character descriptio [...]

    22. Author from Oregon, writing about the central Oregon coast. His fictional Barnacle Bluffs mirrors the Oregon town in which I live. Books started off great. About half way through I found it becoming to be bogged down with 'cookie cutter' characterizations. Too much introspection by Gage for me. A couple of Red Herring characters kept my interest, waiting to see how they developed. Kept waiting for more backstory on the death of his wife and the damage to his knee other than 'Iranian circus perfo [...]

    23. Mystery set on the Oregon Coast. I don't know if there is a place on the coast called 'Barnacle Bluff', but he got many of the other town names correct. The mystery is pretty well put together, with little clues dropped along the way. This protagonist has an 'issue' from a former life which haunts him. Fortunately it is not debilitating, but it did drive him to withdraw from the east coast to the west coast to hide. But he can't help himself, he gets drawn in despite his fears. This is the first [...]

    24. Great book! The first Garrison Gage book - I can' wait to start the next one, but sadly I must. Too many other books on my too read list first! Gage is a grumpy "not so old" man that just needs some nudging. A not so Private Dect. that has an uncanny talent for getting into trouble and solving cases. A fun and eventful read - with a not too sappy romance.

    25. Excellent mysteryTale of a widower who happens to be a grieving retired private investigator. He is forced out of his apathy when he discovers a dead girl on the beach. Very good book, started reading and did not put it down until finished.

    26. What a pleasant surprise. This is a charming novel with an interesting plot, peopled with interesting characters. This little novel is the first in a new series. I look forward to the next episode.

    27. Decent book, I liked Gage, though I wish we had learned a little more in detail about his character. I wasn't blown away by this book but I wasn't disappointed either Not much else to say

    28. Good book! Garrison Gage is a likeable character and the plot moves quickly along. I'll read more of his books.

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