Mary Miller had always been an outcast. As a young girl she had fallen into the hot burn - a torrent of warm chemical run-off from the local coal mine. Fished out white-haired and half-dead, sympathy for her quickly faded when the young man who pushed her in died in a mining accident just two days later.
In 1986, a small Scottish publishing firm released a first novel by a talented young writer. Only a few hundred copies were printed but it was a literary milestone nonetheless. The book was "The Flood". The author was Ian Rankin...Mary Miller had always been an outcast. As a young girl she had fallen into the hot burn - a torrent of warm chemical run-off from the local coal mine. Fished out white-haired and half-dead, sympathy for her quickly faded when the young man who pushed her in died in a mining accident just two days later. From then on she was regarded with a mixture of suspicion and fascination by her God-fearing community. Now, years later she is hardly less alone. She is the mother of a bastard son, Sandy, and caught up in a faltering affair with a local teacher. Sandy, meanwhile, has fallen in love with a strange homeless girl. The search for happiness isn't easy. Both mother and son must face a dark secret from their past, in the growing knowledge that their small dramas are being played out against a much larger canvas, glimpsed only in symbols and flickering images - of decay and regrowth, of fire and water - of the flood. "The Flood" is both a coming-of-age novel and an amazing portrait of a time and place. Proto-Rankin as it is, it's dark, atmospheric and powerful - a remarkable debut from a remarkable author.
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'A must for lovers of Rankin' GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'Full of secrets and revelations, with an atmospheric sense of time and place, it has Rankin's signature darkness' CHOICE 'It wouldn't take a Rebus to sleuth out the telltale signs of a talent in the making' -- Chris Power THE TIMES
About Ian Rankin
Ian Rankin was born in Fife in 1960, and has been a regular on bestseller lists worldwide ever since his first Rebus novel was published in 1987. As well as winning numerous literary awards, Ian has received the OBE for services to literature. He lives with his family in Edinburgh.
The Flood by Ian Rankin
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