Wiki Coffin plays many parts on the U.S. Exploring Expedition---sailor, linguist, navigator, and, as half-Maori, cultural go-between. But then the brig Swallow reaches the coast of Patagonia, an area infamous for its rough gauchos and revolutionary spirit, and he must take on his other role, that of agent of U.S. law and order.
A New England whaler shows up, desperate to find the devious trader who has cheated him of a thousand dollars and a schooner. Wiki is assigned to find the missing ship, only to follow a trail of clues to a dead body, half-buried in a hill of salt, its skull picked clean by vultures. The adventure unravels in the impoverished village of El Carmen de Patagones, where the threat of French invasion is imminent, and business is at a standstill under the orders of General de Rosas, the tyrant of Buenos Aires.
Wiki must risk both life and reputation in pursuit of a vicious and determined killer who has set his sights on another target: the U.S. Exploring Expedition itself.
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Joan Druett, an award-winning nautical nonfiction writer, is the author of four books in the Wiki Coffin series, including A Watery Grave, Shark Island, and Run Afoul. She lives in New Zealand, where the Wiki Coffin adventures are published by Allen & Unwin.Review:
Praise for the Novels of Joan Druett
“Druett continues to pepper her suspenseful plots with the same type of authentic seafaring facts and lore that so distinguished the novels of the late Patrick O’Brian.”—Booklist
“The pursuit of a daring thief takes Wiki Coffin through a flock of fascinating historical footnotes in the latest from Druett.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Not only an intricate murder puzzle but an unfolding family history, [with] a splash of romance, plenty of crackling good dialogue, and a lively, enjoyable seafaring yarn as well.”—The Press [Christchurch, New Zealand]
“Rousing . . . Druett should win plaudits from both mystery fans and aficionados of naval adventures.”—Publishers Weekly
A Watery Grave
“The debut of a smart, appealing hero whose tale unfolds amid lots of interesting cross-cultural, historical, and nautical detail.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Noted maritime historian Druett blends strong plotting and scads of authentic maritime detail in an impressive debut that should appeal to fans of historical mysteries and Patrick O’Brian. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal
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