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The sailcloth shroud (Perennial library) Paperback – 1983


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Product Details

  • Series: Perennial library (Book 654)
  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row; 1st Perennial Library ed edition (1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060806540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060806545
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,596,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. VINE VOICE on July 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
Stuart Rogers has salt water in his veins. He only feels fully alive when piloting sailboats on the open sea. Having just purchased a forty foot ketch in Panama, he hires two men to help him sail it back to the United States. But fate steps in and one of the men dies of a heart attack and has to be buried at sea. But that's only the beginning. A couple days after reaching their destination on the Texas gulfcoast, the other man is brutally murdered.

At this point Rogers finds himself very much in demand. Not only is he wanted for questioning by the police and the FBI, he is pursued by a gang of violent criminals.

The Sailcloth Shroud is a fast paced, well crafted mystery that unfolds very smoothly. Author Charles Williams skillfully tells this interesting tale using Rogers himself as first person narrator. One can't help but be impressed by the seamless incorporation of flashback scenes as a device to aid in the storytelling.

An engaging satisfying read. Recommended for all fans of mystery novels.
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