Ghost Sea: A Novel (Dugger/Nello Series)

"It's Joseph Conrad meets Elmore Leonard."―Vancouver Sun

A spellbinding story of the ocean: love, homicide, and mysticism: on the flip of the century, a Kwakiutl warrior from British Columbia's wild northern islands raids an artifact collector's yacht to reclaim stolen sacred mask. he's taking the collector's spouse, Kate, as hostage on his 200-mile canoe voyage domestic. The collector hires Dugger, a coastal dealer residing at the edges of the legislations, to offer chase in his ketch with the collector as passenger, yet Dugger's monetary salvation comes at a poor rate, for he's Kate's mystery lover. Day and evening Dugger sails the uncharted islands, via raging currents and ship-swallowing whirlpools, and the account of his pursuit is interwoven with Kate's harrowing and erotically charged journey.

in accordance with a real tale, this novel reaches its exciting climax on the final mystery, hallucinatory potlatch of the traditional Kwakiutl tradition, the place the background of a doomed humans is melded with the fury of 3 hearts.

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Charlie. ” Nello smiled. “You foolish little fucker. ” Nello instructed whereas I shimmied up the mast, gripping the halyard, and slung an arm round Charlie’s waist. “Grab my shoulders. ” He enable pass of the spreader yet held on along with his legs. “For chrissake, allow cross! ” He swung opposed to me; i began to ease us down while Charlie whispered, “Cappy. Canoe. ” at the NORTHERN rim of the bay, the place a cluster of rocks and islets shaped a safe haven, a dismal canoe eased itself alongside. It grew to become right here, twisted there, deciding on its method during the jagged maze. In its stern, a cumbersome determine pulled lengthy, strong strokes; within the bow, a way smaller one paddled a gradual rhythm. “Nello! ” Nello had a foot preserving the wheel whereas he leaned over the portside, attempting to haul within the jib sheet and Sayami. He regarded up, observed me waving madly, and regarded over that approach yet couldn't have noticeable past the overfalls and waves. The ketch rolled; Charlie and that i drew nice arcs within the sky. I allow us to down. Charlie collapsed in a heap on the base. “Hug it,” I acknowledged, and wrapped his fingers round the mast. “They’re here,” I wheezed. “Who? ” “The canoe. In these rocks. ” “Give me a hand,” he stated, tugging at Sayami. “Fuck him. He’s useless. Let’s get the canoe! ” “He’s alive. I tied him. For chrissake, provide me a hand! ” “The hell with him! ” “We desire the sheet! ” “Cut him unfastened! ” “Cappy! ” “We’re losing time. ” and that i yanked out my knife and began slashing on the rope. He grabbed my arm. “He’s not anything to you, is he? We’re all not anything! Stick figures. Draw us in, rub us out. in order that you get her! ” “Cut him free! ” Hay roared, nonetheless putting within the rigging. “Be egocentric, Cappy! He’ll let us know who despatched him. may also help us continue to exist! Porca putana della troia! ” The unattended wheel spun; a whirlpool had us, we have been crusing speedy clear of the canoe. Nello grabbed the wheel to maintain us from gybing. “She’s correct there! Tack and we’ll have her! ” Nello checked out me as though I have been loopy. “Tack and we’ll die! ” “You wish me to lose her? ” “Can’t get her if you’re useless! ” “Across the bay. Ten mins! ” “Cappy! ” he roared. “In ten mins all hell breaks free the following! ” “We’ll move in these islands; it’s calm in there. ” “For a canoe! we've got an 8 foot keel! He skims. We die! ” “Cut him unfastened! ” Hay roared, part out of his brain. “Kill him! ” That settled it. I grabbed the jib sheet and pulled. Sayami got here and banged opposed to the hull. We hauled him up. He coughed and spewed and bled. Hay struggled within the rigging; Nello lower him down. We have been 880 yards from Devil’s gap. I climbed down into the cabin—awash with pots, cans, bottles—and acquired the rifle. Nello went to get Charlie from the mast. I spun the wheel and pointed to go off the canoe. We buried the bow, got here up, and surged throughout a funnel that flung us violently towards the rocks. the graceful eco-friendly ribbon of the overfall used to be long past; there have been purely gaping whirlpools up forward. Nello charged furiously at me. “You’re being suckered! ” he yelled. “He wishes you in these rocks! ” The canoe popped up out of the froth; vanished, got here back.

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