By William Meikle

Glasgow inner most investigator Derek Adams can not seem to break out from the otherworldly, particularly no longer while it sort of feels to be the one paying gig on the town. So whilst an previous widow bargains him grand to discover her son-who isn't really precisely missing...just no longer himself-it's no longer lengthy ahead of issues begin to get bizarre, and a street journey to the agricultural village of Skye becomes a detour to the twilight. sooner than lengthy, Derek is on a distant island, hip-deep in mermaids, stalked via shape-shifters, and tangled within the nets of a diabolical fisher cult purpose on waking an old god and unleashing the apocalypse. In different phrases, it is enterprise as traditional.

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