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By Charles Williams

A widow and a constitution captain scour the sea for a stolen yacht.

When Ingram lands in Miami, he doesn’t also have time to complete his bathtub prior to the police come knocking. The out-of-work constitution captain has simply lower back from Nassau, the place he was once looking at buying a ship on behalf of a millionaire. however the day after he toured the seventy-foot Dragoon, his “millionaire” disappeared, and the yacht went with him. Ingram convinces the law enforcement officials that he used to be in basic terms an unwitting partner in stealing the boat, and gives to assist get better it for the landlord, a stunning widow with secrets and techniques of her personal. He in basic terms has 8 thousand sq. miles of open ocean to look. discovering the send is the straightforward half. Escaping it will likely be tougher, as Ingram unearths himself stuck in a tangle of lust, smuggling, and homicide, surrounded by way of unending miles of the main attractive water on earth.

Charles Williams (1909-1975) was once one of many preeminent authors of yankee crime fiction. Born in Texas, he dropped out of college in 10th grade to enlist within the US service provider Marine, serving ten years prior to leaving to paintings within the electronics undefined. on the finish of global struggle II, Williams all started writing fiction in San Francisco, the place the luck of the “backwoods noir” Hill lady (1951) allowed him to give up his task and write complete time for the remainder of his life.

Williams’ fresh and a little bit informal narrative kind distinguishes his novels, which variety from hard-boiled noir to suspense thrillers, set within the sea and the Deep South. even supposing released through pulp homes, his paintings gained nice serious acclaim, with Hell Hath No Fury (1953) turning into the 1st paperback unique to be reviewed via mythical ny instances critic Anthony Boucher. lots of his novels have been tailored to the reveal, together with useless Calm (1963) and Don’t simply Stand There! (1966), for which Williams wrote the screenplay. He died in 1975.

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The Kneazle has an uncanny ability to detect unsavoury or suspicious characters and can be relied upon to guide its owner safely home if they are lost. Kneazles have up 24 to eight kittens in a litter and can interbreed with cats. Licences are required for ownership as (like Crups and Fwoopers) Kneazles are sufficiently unusual in appearance to attract Muggle interest. M. Classification: XXX More intelligent than the fairy and less malicious than the imp, the pixie, or the Doxy, the leprechaun is nevertheless mischievous.

Powerfully magical, it can anchor ships and is a guardian of seafarers. The Ramora is highly valued by the International Confederation of Wizards, which has set many laws in place to protect the Ramora from wizard poachers. M. Classification: XXX These dwarflike creatures live in holes on old battlegrounds or wherever human blood has been spilled. Although easily repelled by charms and hexes, they are very dangerous to solitary Muggles, whom they will attempt to bludgeon to death on dark nights.

Classification: XX The Mooncalf is an intensely shy creature that emerges from its burrow only at the full moon. Its body is smooth and pale grey, it has bulging round eyes on top of its head, and four spindly legs with enormous flat feet. These are believed to be a prelude to mating (and often leave intricate 29 geometric patterns behind in wheat fields, to the great puzzlement of Muggles). Watching Mooncalves dance by moonlight is a fascinating experience and often profitable, for if their silvery dung is collected before the sun rises and spread upon magical herb and flower beds, the plants will grow very fast and become extremely strong.

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