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Book Title: The Sailcloth Shroud|
Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Date of issue: January 1st 1983
ISBN 13: 9780060806545
The author of the book: Charles Williams
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 425 KB
Read full description of the books The Sailcloth Shroud:The man nobody knew much about was buried at sea. He had been middle-aged, an almost professional sailor, and he had suffered a heart attach. There was nothing in his personal effects to suggest that he might have possessed a fortune.
Of the two men who had been aboard with him, one was dead two days after the small ketch reached port. Dead by murder. The other man,, captain and owner of the boat, was suddenly the object of intense scrutiny by the police and the FBI. He also found himself under a different and less subtle pressure from an underworld gang that was determined to discover a secret he didn’t know he had. Obviously his life depended on finding out the true identity of the man he had buried at sea, as well as on solving the grisly enigma of his death.
Read information about the authorCharles Williams (1909–1975) was one of the preeminent authors of American crime fiction. Born in Texas, he dropped out of high school to enlist in the US Merchant Marine, serving for ten years before leaving to work in the electronics industry. At the end of World War II, Williams began writing fiction while living in San Francisco. The success of his backwoods noir Hill Girl (1951) allowed him to quit his job and write fulltime.
Williams’s clean and somewhat casual narrative style distinguishes his novels—which range from hard-boiled, small-town noir to suspense thrillers set at sea and in the Deep South. Although originally published by pulp fiction houses, his work won great critical acclaim, with Hell Hath No Fury (1953) becoming the first paperback original to be reviewed by legendary New York Times critic Anthony Boucher. Many of his novels were adapted for the screen, such as Dead Calm (published in 1963) and Don’t Just Stand There! (published in 1966), for which Williams wrote the screenplay. Williams died in California in 1975.
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