George Macdonald Fraser Captain in Calico

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George MacDonald Fraser was famed for his legendary Flashman series, featuring the incorrigible knave Harry Flashman. In the colorful standalone novel Captain in Calico, which has never been published, Fraser introduces another real-life anti-hero: Captain John Rackham, called Calico Jack,” an illustrious eighteenth-century pirate who marauded the Caribbean seas.

On a tranquil evening in the Bahamas, Calico Jack, long wanted on counts of piracy, makes a surprise appearance at the Governor’s residence and asks for a pardon. A deal is brokered after Jack reveals the motive for turning himself in: love. When he last set sail from the Bahamas two years ago, Jack left behind a beautiful fiancée, and he hopes to win her back. But while Jack was off pirating, his beloved has become betrothed to a new man the governor himself. It doesn’t take long for this truth to come to light, and after embarking on a new romance with famous Irish pirate Anne Bonney, Jack is quickly transformed back into a thieving captain in calico.

With his trademark picaresque style, Fraser draws readers into the wild west of the British empire, where black sails prowl the waters and redemption can be found in the most unexpected places.

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George MacDonald Fraser (1925-2008) was the author of the Flashman Papers series. Born in England and educated in Scotland, he served in a Highland regiment in India, Africa, and the Middle East. In addition to his books, he wrote screenplays, including The Three Musketeers, and the James Bond film Octopussy.

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A forgotten novel, written 60 years ago and found locked away in a fireproof safe in [Fraser’s] old study, is finally to make it into print . . . Full of the influences of the writers he loved as a boy Rafael Sabatini, PC Wren, GA Henty, Sir Walter Scott.” Guardian (UK)

Fraser [is] the world’s greatest storyteller, combining the best of P.G. Wodehouse, Alexandre Dumas and Great Game chronicler Peter Hopkirk . . . Captain incorporates piracy’s tried-and-true hallmarks—treasure, treachery, intermittent romance and high-seas mutiny.”—Wall Street Journal

Capt. Jack Rackham arrives on the page fearless and fully formed . . . An entertaining story laced with historical references.” Kirkus Reviews

[An] energetic tale of piracy and peril . . . suspenseful.” Publishers Weekly

Praise for George MacDonald Fraser:

"One of the masterly comic writers of the 20th century." Wall Street Journal

"A novelistic gallop through history and imagination. . . . Fraser can easily juggle Conan Doyle and Holmes, Fleming and Bond, Wodehouse and Wooster, and Chandler and Marlowe." Vanity Fair

"A master of high jinks, an unabashedly nostalgic fan of dueling adventure and boudoir romance, a knowledgeable, witty and ebullient ransacker of historical fiction." New York Times Book Review, on The Pyrates

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