The Gray and Guilty Sea

The Gray and Guilty Sea 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

Book Reviews


Fun4 star

Garrison Gage is an interesting character. A certain amount of disbelief suspension is necessary, but not enough to lessen the enjoyment of the novel.45

Toolmaker John

The gray and angry sea4 star

Nice read. Easy to follow believable, characters and good storyline.45


The Gray and Guilty Sea5 star

What a guy❗️Gage is one of the most Engaging characters I have read about in a long time. I cannot recommend this book enough. Gonna read the entire series. I love this authors writing. Kept me awake😄❣️👍🏼55


Good read5 star

Highly recommend this book. Loved the development of characters, suspense, many twists… good read55


Atmospheric5 star

I loved the locale. The characters are varied and colorful.55


Kept you reading on5 star

Well written and a good page turner. Well done.55


Travis McGee meet Garrison Gage5 star

Perhaps 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. ✌🏼55


The Gray and Guilt Sea5 star

With an intriguing title was not surprised at how well written this book is. Very interesting plot and characters. Liked this book a lot.55

8 Hours Behind the Door

A solid read5 star

This book kept me entertained and gave me a few surprises! I’ll read the next one too!55

Diverse reader

The Gray And Guilty Sea5 star

A great read...loved the main character’s sarcastic/snarky repartee as well as his humanness. Looking forward to read more about Gage’s exploits.55

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