Shark Island by Joan Druett
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Shark Island
By Joan Druett

Shark Island

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Shark Island by Joan Druett

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Wiki Coffin, linguist aboard the U.S. Exploring Expedition, the famous voyage meant to put America at the fore-front of 19th century scientific discovery, brings many skills to his job. Whether he's translating native languages, assisting his good friend Captain George Rochester as unofficial first mate, or upholding the rule of law as deputy to the sheriff of the port of Virginia, Wiki is never far from the action aboard the seven ships that make up the expedition. But, when they encounter a wrecked sealing ship and its desperate crew on the shoals of remote, uninhabited Shark Island, Wiki has little idea just how many of his skills are about to be put to the test. As soon as they board the wreck, a dead body turns up with a dagger firmly inserted between its shoulder blades. And it's not just any dead body: the victim of the brutal murder is none other than the enigmatic captain of the doomed voyage. What's more, Wiki's colleague and nemesis Lieutenant Forsythe is suspected of the crime. Knowing full well that Forsythe is capable of such violence, Wiki nonetheless believes him innocent and is duty-bound to prove it for the good of the expedition. Was the murder a case of mutinous sealers taking the law into their own hands? Did the secrets of several mysterious long-ago voyages finally come back to haunt a dishonest and dishonorable captain? Or is Shark Island home to something more sinister than a few lonely goats? Something isn't quite right about the crew of the wrecked ship, and Wiki will stop at nothing to find out just what it is that they're hiding, and, in the process, unmask a vicious killer.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312361471
ISBN-10: 0312361475
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Minotaur Books,US
Publisher: Minotaur Books,US
Publish Date: 9-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Run Afoul by Joan Druett Run Afoul, Paperback (January 2008)

As the 1865 US Exploring Expedition heads into the port of Rio de Janeiro, one of the vessels collides with a Salem trading ship. Wiki Coffin, resident linguist of the famous convoy, is astonished to discover that the commander of the trader is none other than his father, Captain William Coffin.

Deadly Shoals by Joan Druett Deadly Shoals, Paperback (January 2008)

Wiki Coffin's ship, Swallow, has reached the Rio Negro, an area of remote Patagonia famous for its rough gauchos and desperate revolutionaries. An area where men have disappeared without a trace.

Island of the Lost by Joan Druett Island of the Lost, Paperback (September 2007)

In January 1864, five seamen from the wrecked schooner Grafton are stranded on an isolated speck of land some 300 miles south of New Zealand. Battling ferocious winds, relentless freezing rain and an impenetrable coastal forest, their chances of survival are slim.

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Author Biography - Joan Druett

In addition to the Wiki Coffin mysteries, JOAN DRUETT, an award-winning nautical nonfiction writer, is also the author of "In the Wake of Madness: The Murderous Voyage of the Whaleship Sharon." She lives in New Zealand.

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