Hook Or Crook by Gerald Hammond
Professional fisherman Wallace James and his pupil Eric Bell are fishing for salmon when they discover the body of a man in the river, a fishhook embedded in his cheek.
At first it looks like the man accidentally slipped and fell while fishing. But where’s his fishing rod and the rest of his equipment? The dead man is Bernard Hollister. He hadn’t been in town long and already he’d come to blows with Imad Vahhaji, a quiet, soft-spoken Arab. When questioned about his altercation with Hollister, Vahhaji says nothing. Hollister had worked for many years in the Middle East. Do the reasons for his untimely death lie in his exotic past?
Born in 1926, Gerald Hammond lived in Scotland, where he retired from his profession as an architect in 1982 to pursue his love of shooting and fishing and to write full time. After his first novel, Fred in Situ, was published in 1965, Gerald became a prolific author with over 70 published novels. Most of his novels were published under his own name, but he also wrote under the pseudonyms Arthur Douglas and Dalby Holden.