The old port city of Searcy, despite its long history of strife, has entered an era of peace and prosperity. With the discovery of a gruesome murder, however, events take a dark turn.
A senior psychiatrist has been found literally empty-headed, and DI Shaymie Sjaemusson and his team embark on an investigation to find a perpetrator who may not even be human.
Searcy’s post-modern urban landscape and mountainous hinterland frame the development of a disturbing narrative that illuminates the very nature of consciousness. Shaymie must confront deep trauma from his own childhood, while a myth from the dawn of human sentience becomes incarnate reality.
Peter Garrett is a writer and a physician with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). He holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and his fiction has been published in Flash magazine and shortlisted and long-listed, respectively, for the Fish Flash Fiction and Fish Short Story Awards.
When not on mission, Peter lives in a big old house in the countryside of the north-west of Ireland with his wife and far too many animals.