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The Bloody Black Flag

(The first book in the Spider John Mystery series)
A novel by

Agatha Christie meets Patrick O'Brian in the first book in a new series of swashbuckling historical mysteries featuring Spider John Rush, a most reluctant pirate. 1722--aboard a pirate ship off the American Colonial Coast. Spider John Rush never wanted to be a pirate, but it had happened and he'd learned to survive in the world of cut and thrust, fight or die. He and his friend Ezra knew that death could come at any moment, from grapeshot or storm winds or the end of a noose. But when Ezra is murdered in cold blood by a shipmate, Spider vows revenge. On a ship where every man is a killer many times over, how can Spider find the man who killed his friend? There is no law here, so if justice is to be done, he must do it. He will have to solve the crime and exact revenge himself. One wrong step will lead to certain death, but Spider is determined to look into the dying eyes of the man who killed his friend, even if it means his own death.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"This book succeeds in ways that a conventional mystery novel couldn't even approach. The dialogue is wonderful, the sense of place extraordinary. A marvelous novel." - Nicholas Guild

"A fast-paced mash-up of a rip-roaring pirate yarn mixed with a suspect-rich whodunit story. Gritty in detail, fanciful in conception, the novel is, above all else, a lot of fun." - Gordon McAlpine

"Pirate noir? Captain Kidd meets Sam Spade? With The Bloody Black Flag, debut novelist Steve Goble boldly launches a seafaring sleuth subgenre sure to enthrall historical mystery lovers. The first Spider John Rush mystery is a strikingly original blend of pulp magazine-style nautical adventure tale and the traditional whodunit, rich in period atmosphere and dense with white-knuckle tension." - Craig McDonald

"A page-turning, high seas adventure filled with pirates, murder, and mystery. Steve Goble's debut novel is a thrilling, action-packed adventure featuring a piratical sleuth whose wits are as sharp as his blade." - Susan Spann

"Steve Goble's debut novel is a rollicking tale of murder and mayhem. He tells a pirate tale like no one else has ever done before. It's unique, original, and all told with the deft hand of an emerging master storyteller. The best thing about this novel? There will be more Spider John books. I can't wait to go on another pirate adventure with this likeable, but dangerous, crew." - Larry D Sweazy

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