as by Tabor Evans
Jove, May 2004
He’s quick on the draw, a cow-punch, and a ladies man. But Custis Long will be the first to admit he’s no sailor. So when duty brings him to the Texas coast to investigate the fishy disappearance of a loaded ship, the landlubber reckons he’ll need a crash course in the maritime arts. And if a voluptuous boat owner wants to teach him, all the better…
Tales of Bloody Tom Malone, a murderous Gulf pirate, have kept many a sailor planted on solid ground lately. Locals claim they’ve spotted his black masts – even Bloody Tom himself – searching for his legendary treasure. But the cutthroat’s been dead around eighty years – and Longarm’s answers may well lie in the depths of the ocean…
Hunting down the ghost of Bloody Tom Malone is not the only problem facing Longarm, as the town of Corpus Christi often becomes a battleground for sailors and cowboys, at least in the sea-front bars. It isn’t long before Longarm makes enemies on both sides that he needs to watch out for too.
Soon it becomes evident that there is more going on here than just a ghostly pirate sinking ships. Longarm struggles to unravel the mystery while staying on dry land, he much prefers a horse to a ship, but you just know he’s going to end up on/in the sea!
James Reasoner (writing as Tabor Evans), once more provides an entertaining read, includes those characteristics of Longarm - speech and memories - that other authors sometimes forget.
Good to see sailors and pirates featuring in the book as it makes a pleasant change from the usual totally land based adventures.
A very enjoyable read.