"slander against Nessie...lol"
In this case, more specifically Nessie is accused of making
Elevenses out of the business associate of the father of
Marine Biologist Zach Wallace. Wallace is coming home after
nearly drowning in the Sargasso Sea. He was on an
expedition in search of a giant squid. His return home is
not something he is expected to be a happy occasion. Angus,
his father and he are estranged. Worse, the father is under
a lot of stress since he is accused of murdering his
Things fall to Zach to help prove his father's innocent
based on the claim there really is something in the loch,
Nessie or otherwise, and it occasionally likes a people
appetizer. The sole defence Zach's father puts forth was
that "something" are his business partner. Of course, since
this slander against Nessie comes on the fact Angus had
just punched his partner in the face causing him to fall
into the water, it doesn't help to make people believe
Angus. As the case goes to trial it becomes a media event -
would you expect otherwise? But this mania is blown full
force when more people begin to go a-missing and half-
eaten body parts are discovered along the shore of the
Zach must have to come to terms with his father and their
estrangement, build a bridge so he can mount a defence to
prove Angus is telling the truth. Not only must Zach put
with news hounds, he must deal with Nessie Watchers, rival
scientists and even a Knights Templar.
Written in first person, Zach's narrative hooks the reader.
From Zach's coming to terms with his estrangement from his
country of birth, his father, to just what is Angus really
up to - did something get his partner or is this a
convenient way to commit murder and get away with it -
Alten keeps you guessing the whole way.
Fans of Alten won't want to miss this one. Not a fan? This
is a good place to become one. Riveting storytelling.
Posted July 4, 2005
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted December 15, 2006