In the debut mystery featuring veteran Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Peter Cammon, what seems like a simple domestic crime turns out to be a series of murders ravaging a peaceful English coastal community.
The semi–retired Cammon is sent to the Jurassic Coast to investigate a case: a woman murdered and her mechanic husband, the likely suspect, drowned in the English Channel. But Cammon soon discovers that his investigation is a sideshow to a string of killings along the cliffs that has stymied local police. The only way to solve this one murder is to figure out the serial killings that terrorize the region. The detective travels from London, Dorset, and Devon to the island of Malta, relentlessly following the overlapping threads of the two cases to their shocking climax. The first installment in a series of three, this cliffhanger sets a chilling tone for the British sleuth’s forthcoming mysteries.
Walking into the Ocean is informed by David Whellam’s thirty years of writing criminal law, amending the Criminal Code in such areas as Dangerous Offenders and terrorism. He lives in Ottawa, ON.
Published: April 2012
Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.
"Whellams has written the most ambitious Canadian crime novel in years." — Toronto Star
"What’s summer without a solid British thriller? Ottawa author David Whellams’s debut features retired Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Peter Cammon, in a story that starts on the cliffs of Dorset and then travels to the hills of Malta. On the way, a simple domestic murder-suicide morphs into a chase for a relentless serial killer. This is the first of a series: Peter Cammon could become another Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks." — Globe and Mail
“Builds to a dramatic and suspenseful climax. The author’s refreshingly clear-eyed portrayal of his hero ... is a plus." — Publishers Weekly
"Like every good fictional detective, and most real ones, Peter Cammon is a fellow who likes to do things his own way. In Walking into the Ocean, that doesn't always work in his favour, but it always makes him interesting." — Ottawa Citizen
“Don’t miss this engrossing and complex debut, the first volume in a projected trilogy. Rich prose, literary allusion, and a strong nod to women’s intuition provide a romantic touch to a crack police procedural. It’s perfect for those who love travel and history mixed with crime." — Library Journal