Last of the Jolly Roger

Last of the Jolly Roger

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Some pursuits among men never die, no matter how many souls are hanged.Boston, the year 1726. While presiding over what is basically the last major execution of pirates in the Colonies, the Reverend Cotton Mather, of Salem Witch Trial fame, takes notice of a strange black ship out in Boston Harbor. His instincts and his experience with sea brigands distinctly tell him there is something suspicious about the vessel. Yet it isn't until a few days later that his suspicions are confirmed when he receives a note from one of its passengers requesting a meeting at a local tavern. The writer of the note says that he has information concerning the demise of Mather's eldest son, who was lost mysteriously at sea. Not about to leave any stones unturned, Mather makes good the rendezvous and meets the note's author, Old Nick. He is an ancient mariner in every sense of the word, and as Mather soon learns in but seconds of exchange, a ruthless and evil old pirate. Yet when Mather presses him about his son's death, the old rascal will not provide the information until the reverend listens to the man's life story. Not about to be manipulated, Mather refuses to accept Old Nick's conditions, and the two indulge in a cat and mouse game while Mather, forever the detective, begins to suspect that the old pirate’s tactics are a trick, and that he is shielding the activity of some other pirate members of his crew who are seeking a treasure out in Boston Harbor. It becomes Mather’s self-appointed task to get to the bottom of it all.No small affair, especially since this is Boston’s busiest time of year as a seaport. The mighty “Mast Fleet” has just arrived, the all-important flotilla of transport ships that carries lumber back to England for its navy. The harbor is packed tight with anchored vessels. If that isn’t hectic enough, a ship coming from the West Indies mysteriously drifts into port manned by a dying crew, and is placed in quarantine, while the “packet ship”, which carries mail and vital medicines from England, is well over a month late and believed either lost or commandeered. As Mather soon learns, both the sea and Old Nick hold more secrets than previously imagined.
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  • Paperback | 642 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 36.83mm
  • English
  • 1514364468
  • 9781514364468