The Gray and Guilty SeaScott William Carter & Jack Nolte

The Gray and Guilty Sea

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The Gray and Guilty Sea by Scott William Carter & Jack Nolte Book Summary

"Carter's writing is on target." - Publishers Weekly

A curmudgeon. An iconoclast. A loner. That's how people describe Garrison Gage, and that's when they're being charitable.

After his wife's brutal murder in New York, and Gage himself is beaten nearly to death, the crippled private investigator 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.

Publisher's Note:  A newly revised edition of The Gray and Guilty Sea was published in June 2014, correcting minor typos and formatting errors.

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The Garrison Gage Mysteries
(in chronological order):

The Gray and Guilty Sea
A Desperate Place for Dying
The Lovely Wicked Rain

The Gray and Guilty Sea (Scott William Carter & Jack Nolte) Book Reviews

AtmosphericI loved the locale. The characters are varied and colorful..Score: 5/5

Kept you reading onWell written and a good page turner. Well done..Score: 5/5

Not my styleNot a very engaging hero.Score: 3/5

IntriguingAnother unique plot with the Garrison Gage character..Score: 4/5

Travis McGee meet Garrison GagePerhaps the highest praise I can give a book is to compare it to John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee series. Garrison Gage reminds me so much of Travis. This series is a find. Those looking for high literature may be disappointed, but I found the characters deep and sympathetic, and the plot kept me reading past bedtime. I didn’t see the ending until, well, the ending, which is rare in a mystery. I couldn’t recommend this book more. Now, excuse me while I dash off to buy the second book. ✌🏼.Score: 5/5

GarrisonScott William Carter is my favorite writer Love the Garrison series... looking for more Thanks.Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaA good read, entertaining and kept you guessing. Well written and not any grammatical or publishing errors. Look forward to more book by this author..Score: 5/5

The gray and guilty seaFast pace exciting story will hold you to the end..Score: 4/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaExcellent read....a real page turner, keep me up late getting to the end!.Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty Sea...Extraordinary!!.Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaGreat book, fast paced good plot. I would have liked to have seen the use of a more advanced vocabulary, but I enjoyed the briefly mentioned jazz description, the discussion of Plato vs Socrates and the idea that judging people by their appearance does not always work. I would read another one..Score: 5/5

Excellent ReadThis is a great story. A real page turner, literally. I found this book by accident when I subscribed to BookBub. I'm now looking forward to more Garrison Gage adventures!.Score: 5/5

The gray and guilty seaExcellent!! Loved the characters, the story, the pace! Looking forward to the next book about Garrison..Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaWhat a refreshing find! I read lots of free books but rarely of this caliber. Creative, evocative analogies add nuance and texture to well crafted plot and multi-dimensioned characters that you find yourself wanting to know personally. Reading this was like indulging in an exquisite full-bodied wine after settling for months of drinkable plonk. Scott William Carter is definitely an author worth paying for..Score: 4/5

The gray and guilty seaNice read!!!!.Score: 4/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaGreat book with lots of mystery..Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilt SeaWith an intriguing title was not surprised at how well written this book is. Very interesting plot and characters. Liked this book a lot..Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaExcellent!!!!!!.Score: 5/5

Needs a good editor...There are inconsistencies like the following quote that could have been corrected by either the author or an editor... Gray & Guilty Sea passage “A bit more effort and then he was in the woods, where the dark canopy shielded him from most of the rain and the wind. Water ran down his face in rivulets. His fedora was a soaked sponge, letting the rain straight through” Excerpt From: Scott William Carter. “The Gray and Guilty Sea.” Flying Raven Otherwise, not a bad read..Score: 3/5

5 starsI don’t read much of the mystery genre, but this story was great! Definitely draws you in!.Score: 5/5

A Desperate Place For DyingA tight story about lost loves and new lives filled with believable, interesting characters all through the filter of the Pacific NW environs.Score: 4/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaWonderful writing style. Good plot and lots of action. Make sure you have a few hours to read, you will not want to put it down.Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaVery smooth characters, and smooth writing. Gage comes out of his shell of a life, and becomes a man with many missions before the book is over. And being the strong character that he is, Gage is very capable of completing all missions. Captivating mystery. I highly recommend this book. Really good read!.Score: 5/5

LanguageI didn't get far before the language started so no thanks..Score: 1/5

Loved this book!From page one I was drawn into the story and thanks to a rainy Sunday afternoon, read the book from start to finish. The author is a masterful storyteller, making the characters personable and vulnerable, with stories and problems and secrets easy to identify with..Score: 5/5

Well done!So well written and suspenseful! A perfect combination. Didn't know "who done it" till the very end. That's a good read!.Score: 5/5

Oregon atmosphere is just right.Great read. This is a unique version of a tough guy with a heart. Well done!.Score: 4/5

Good "pot boiler"I read this book intermittently and yet it held my interest all the while. Highly recommend the story and the author..Score: 5/5

Good readSuspense, emotion, character development, this well told story quickly draws you in! Recommend. I want a sequel!.Score: 4/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaI loved this book, could not put it down.Score: 5/5

Great read!I couldn't put it down. Love the characters- ALL of them, which is a rare thing in too many books. Well developed and interesting, memorable people who all play a part in the main character's life if only in a small way are a sure sign of a good author. Toward the last third of the book there are several places where words are left out here and there but other than that the story is not marred by misspelled words and poor grammar, so it flows nicely. After reading the preview of it, I can't wait to buy the next book in the series!.Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaLoved the characters and riveting plot!.Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaEnjoyed the characters and the story. It is full of excitement, tears and some laughs. Definitely worth your time!.Score: 4/5

ExcitingEnjoyed this book. Kept me guessing and rooting for the characters..Score: 5/5

The gray and guilty seaWas a great read.Score: 5/5

Excellent ReadA touching story. Enjoyed the story, characters and the writing. Looking forward to reading more from Scott William Carter..Score: 5/5

InconsistenciesI find a lot of mistakes such as the use of "he" instead of "she" and vice-versa, which I thought were minor. But one mistake struck me more. In chapter 7 one character is described as wearing a "burgundy turtleneck" and in chapter 8 the same character is now wearing "the same black turtleneck" (both chapters cover one day in the life of these characters). I am surprised this wasn't caught at any point from writing to publishing, but details are important to me and things like this put me off..Score: 4/5

Great read!Very enjoyable page turner with good character developement..Score: 5/5

The Grey & Guilty SeaAwesome book!!! I always enjoy the Oregon coast to visit and read a book based there.Score: 5/5

A modern American classicThe first thought that comes to mind reading this book is that it has the making of the classics of yore, the likes of Tolstoy and Hawthorne, written in modern American English language. It does not disappoint ..Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaVery enjoyable read, reminded me of Spenser a little. And I'm always a fan of reading books set in places I'm actually familiar with. Highly recommended!.Score: 4/5

A solid readThis book kept me entertained and gave me a few surprises! I’ll read the next one too!.Score: 5/5

ActionA novel full of action and vivid characters. A tale of a lonely detective who is brought out of his doldrums by a dead body and a small town newspaper woman. A town I would never want to live in but has the scenery to draw multitudes. Enjoy this book because I sure did. Great author!!.Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaExcellent - suspense is right to the end. Author does an excellent job portraying the characters. I couldn’t put it down!.Score: 4/5

Enjoyable mysteryA very enjoyable mystery novel. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. A few unexpected twists and turns..Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaGreat characters, moving plot line, an all around exciting book. I would recommend this story to anyone looking for a good, relaxing novel..Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaExtremely interesting, no hint of the bad guy until the end. There are multiple plots within the main story. Author does a great job of describing Oregon coast weather. Gage has a bad knee for which he needs a cane. Having a bad knee for many years myself, I could feel his pain and frustration. He tries to be a tough skinned man but shows a compassionate side to friends..Score: 5/5

The Gray And Guilty SeaA great read...loved the main character’s sarcastic/snarky repartee as well as his humanness. Looking forward to read more about Gage’s exploits..Score: 5/5

The Gray And Guilty SeaEnjoyed the characters from start to finish. Can’t wait to read more of his books..Score: 5/5

One of the few books I finishedGood book.Score: 5/5

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Page turner...Enjoyed this book. Kept me in suspense and didn't want to put it down. Recommended!.Score: 5/5

The gray and guiltyWell written !.Score: 5/5

The Grey and Guilty SeaStumbled across this author and read this first book in the series and eagerly download the next couple in the series. Great read..Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaExpressively written with a continuous flow that develops the characters without excess this book clearly takes you into the action, the adventure never ceases and neither does the plot. From this book I have found an author who knows his craft, knows how to keep his gentle reader in suspense and makes a person want to read more of his talented stories. This author is going to be one of the greats and it will be a pleasure to have more of his worthy books in my library..Score: 5/5

Great read! Well written book.I was browsing the free titles and saw this book with numerous reviews. I thought I would give it a try... A remarkable story and identifiable characters made for a book I couldn't put down. Why would a book this damn good be free? Well, I answered my own question while writing this for all of you to see. I will read more from this author and MUST read the other books in the Gage Garrison series. Do yourself a favour, download and read it!.Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaThis book kept my interest from beginning to end. I had a hard time putting it down. It had ALL the elements needed for a murder mystery as well as just enough romance. He is a great storyteller!!.Score: 5/5

The Gary and Guilty SeaWell done! Very enjoyable.Score: 4/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaI am looking forward to reading the next 2 books in the Garrison Gage Series.It was hard to put this one down and take time away from reading straight through but not being a speed reader you do have to take a break..Score: 5/5

Nothing is easyThis story is well written. No character is simply what they appear. Parts of the story is as dark and wet as the weather. Cheers to moral people. Cheers to hope. Cheers to doing the right thing..Score: 4/5

The gray and guilty seaJust finished book one in this series, looking forward to book two..Score: 3/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaEasy to read, some nice choices of words and a plot that kept you wanting to turn the pages. My first by this author and I would read another. Thank you for the free download..Score: 4/5

NabGreat writer Great read!.Score: 4/5

The Grey and Guilty SeaWhat a great read! I will be definitely reading more of Carter's books..Score: 5/5

Excellent, as gritty as Harry Bosch.Garrison Gage makes for an interesting lead man. Complex and stubborn.Score: 5/5

GreatI really enjoyed this mystery thriller. Great characters, lots of action, and well written. I immediately bought another in the series..Score: 4/5

The gray and guilty seaEnjoyed reading. Well written..Score: 4/5

Good character developmentThe characters in the book are developed well. Main character is believable with flaws. I prefer that over other main characters that are super human..Score: 4/5

Good readAn entertaining book with interesting characters especially the persona of the main character. I like the inclusion of satirical comedic moments which I find lacking in many suspense novels..Score: 4/5

The gray and Guilty SeaExcellent Read. Hard time putting it down..Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaExcellent read: interesting and well-written!.Score: 5/5

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The Gray And Guilty SeaOne of the best books I've read for a long time. Articulate & well plotted with subtly drawn characters. A thoroughly enjoyable read..Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaHave read much better, and read much worse. Wouldn't bother with this author any more.Score: 2/5

Intriguing and written wellThe author has developed an interesting main character in Gage. The story line is good and solid. Well worth giving this author a try..Score: 4/5

A gray and guilty seaThis easy flowing story engages the reader. Principal character is self deprecating but a man of conscience who demonstrates real humanity. The storyline is fast moving and believable. Garrison Gate takes a few beatings in the story, but somehow bounces back and show real grit amongst personal adversity to get the job done. I loved the style, pace, characterisations and can’t wait to start the next instalment. I couldn’t put this book down..Score: 4/5

Grey and guilty seaGood read,.Score: 4/5

ExcellentLoved it.Score: 5/5

Hard to put downGreat book. Couldn’t put it down until the end..Score: 5/5

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Excellent readWell worth the read,well written and gripping till the end!.Score: 5/5

The grey and guilty seaVery good story, well worth reading..Score: 5/5

Gripping stuffFollowing Gage through the twists and turns of his investigation of a girl found washed up on the beach was totally engaging once I started reading I couldn't put it down a must for any detective book reader!!!.Score: 5/5

A great first read of this authorI thoroughly enjoyed this book, a first for me this author. Great descriptions, good plot and the right amount of grittiness..Score: 5/5

The Gray and Guilty SeaA real page turner..Score: 5/5

The gray and guilty seaReally enjoyed this book ,complex characters ,intriguing plot ,very well written.Score: 5/5

DifferentI really enjoyed reading this book. I like the writing style and for once it was well written.Score: 5/5

The grey and guilty sea.My first read of this author but definitely not the last. A brilliant wordsmith..Score: 5/5

The gray and Guilty SeaA good read for a wet weekend..Score: 5/5

Gripping story.Very well plotted story that is a compulsive read ..Score: 5/5

Having read this, I fully intend to purchase more......of this author’s works. I hadn’t previously heard of this author, and as a compulsive reader I was impressed by the originality of the book. A great mix of a flawed hero, with romance and mystery elegantly combined and a surprise twist in the plot at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it and may very well end up buying every adult title..Score: 5/5

Fabulous readExcellent story that flowed really well and remained interesting all the way through to an exciting finale. Loved the characters and can’t wait to read the rest of the Garrison Gage series..Score: 5/5

The grey and guilty seaA hero with frailties ....... Thoroughly enjoyed this book . Recommended to all story lovers !!.Score: 5/5

Gripping taleThe story grips the reader from the start, Gage is a typical hackneyed, bitter ex-private eye with a tragedy in his past. Retired into a small seaside town with only crosswords, a dying elderly lady and her granddaughter in his life. Until he finds the body of a girl washed up on the beach. Unable to put it behind him, he begins investigating and uncovers much more than he anticipated. I could hardly put this down, it's a must for anyone who's fave genre is murder mystery - or indeed anyone who enjoys a gripping tale..Score: 5/5

Great bookInteresting characters and vivid word descriptions..Score: 4/5

The gray and guilty seaLoved it, well written and didn't give itself away until the end.Score: 5/5

The cane in the head made the differenceDetective story. Hard person with a soft inner. Perhaps that bit has been said before. The difference is that the storyteller understands the mind and the soft inner is not necessarily soft. He carries a cane but as is said in one throwaway line deep in the book it's the cane in the mind that makes the difference. It's a book that needs reading..Score: 5/5

The gray and guilty seaA good read,kept me enthralled.Score: 5/5

A good readQuite a good murder story set on the Oregon coast - a place I've always wanted to visit. However, reading this story where it rained practically the whole time I'm now not so sure!.Score: 4/5

Great BookI really enjoyed this book.A real page turner. Well done.👍🏻😊.Score: 5/5

Story for bed timeSteady reading, not too complicated,.Score: 4/5

The Grey and Guilty SeaGood plot, good characters - a violent place is America even in beautiful Oregon.Score: 5/5

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