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The Flood (novel)

This article is about the Ian Rankin novel. For other novels with similar titles, see Flood (disambiguation).
The Flood
1st edition
Author Ian Rankin
Country Scotland
Language English
Publisher Polygon
Publication date 1986
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 188 pp
ISBN 0-948275-09-X

The Flood is the first novel by crime writer Ian Rankin.

Plot summary

Mary Miller has always been an outcast. As a child, she fell into the hot burn - a torrent of warm chemical run-off from the local coal mine - and her hair turned white. Initially she was treated with sympathy, but all that changed a few days later, when the young man who pushed her in died in an accident.

Now many years later, Mary is a single mother caught up in a faltering affair. Her son, Sandy, has fallen in love with a strange homeless girl - and both mother and son are forced to come to terms with a dark secret from Mary's past.

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