First published 2014
When a body is discovered beneath the waves off Scolt Head Island, the contents of the dead man’s pockets lead Shaw to suspect an outbreak of ‘samphire wars’: a turf battle for control of the prized sea asparagus which sells for a small fortune along the affluent north Norfolk coast. Or does the killer merely want it to look that way? Meanwhile, Shaw’s sidekick George Valentine is investigating a series of break-ins targeted at wealthy second-home owners. Then a second body is found – and the simmering tensions underpinning this remote coastal community finally surface.