From the author of the famous Flashman series, a standalone adventure novel about a fearless pirate in the eighteenth-century British West Indies
Captain in Calico
The Mysterious Press
978-0-8021-2552-1 • $16.00 • Paperback • Sep. 2016
Scottish author George MacDonald Fraser was famed for his legendary Flashman series, featuring the incorrigible knave Harry Flashman, a soldier in the British imperial army. In the colorful standalone novel Captain in Calico, which has never before been published, Fraser introduces the real-life antihero Captain John Rackham, called “Calico Jack,” an illustrious eighteenth-century pirate who marauded the Caribbean seas.
On a tranquil evening in the Bahamas, Calico Jack, long wanted on counts of piracy, makes a surprise appearance at the governor’s residence and asks for a pardon for himself and his men. A deal is brokered after Jack reveals the motive for turning himself in: love. When Jack last set sail from the Bahamas two years ago, he left behind a beautiful fiancée, and he recently learned that she remains unmarried. What the governor does not reveal to Jack is that while he was off pirating, his beloved has become betrothed to a new manthe governor himself. It doesn’t take long for this truth to come to light, and after embarking on a new romance with the infamous Irish pirate Anne Bonney, Jack is quickly transformed back into a thieving captain in calico.
With his trademark picaresque style and humor, Fraser draws readers into the wild west of the British Empire, where black sails prowl the waters, crooked morals rule in the courthouse and on the plantation, and redemption can be found in the most unexpected places.