The Man by the Sea

The Man by the Sea Summary

John "Slim" Hardy, heavy drinker and disgraced soldier turned bumbling private detective, is hired to investigate Ted Douglas, an investment banker who slips out of work every Friday to visit a desolate cove on the Lancashire coast. There, he walks to the shore, opens an old book, and begins to read aloud.

His wife thinks he's having an affair.

Slim thinks he's insane.

The truth is more incredible than either could imagine.

The Man by the Sea is the sensational debut novel by Jack Benton, a classic story of love, betrayal, murder, and intrigue.

Book Reviews


The Man By The Sea5 star

A fascinating read! With so many twists and turns,it’s not too surprising that the ending is a situation never thought of.55


Interesting, but left much to be desired2 star

Fun read if you don’t think too much about the plot holes and random jumps in conversation and thought processes. The synopsis had a lot of potential and I believe characters could’ve been fleshed out more but I was left wondering if Slim had learned anything; I mean, he felt for Emma despite everything she did that was messed up, but not even fully explored or explained. The writing style was a pleasant surprise.25

Magic Mema

The Man By The Sea5 star

What a wonderful page - turner! I totally loved every detail of this wonderful mystery! It brought some goosebumps along then I kept thinking maybe I might never go along the shore of the Sea… Any of them!55


Seaside mystery4 star

This was an interesting twisty story, partly due to the detective constant tippling, hard to keep a story straight when you are not!45

Enna J.

A haunting thriller5 star

A shivery tale of obsession and murder. Highly recommend!55


Great book!5 star

I read a lot. Like, a lot. And so many books have the same plot. They’re so predictable I can call them pretty well (I read mainly thrillers, psychological and love stories lol.) This one was different. It was interesting and kept me guessing. I really enjoyed reading it.55


Keeps you guessing!5 star

Kind of a slow read but so many twists and turns. Nothing is as it seems. The ghost is real!55

Harry Angstom

A Great Read5 star

I throughly love this book what a great mystery. Hit close to home for me.55


Good book4 star

Took me awhile to figure out who done it45


Intriguing5 star

I’m fighting Parkinson’s and read when I can to help with cognitive skills. What I like about this book is that it play out as a movie as I read it. It very draws you in right next to the main character.55

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