Buried within this two star crime novel is a four star short story. There are some interesting and intense plot lines. However I found it very slow going between points of interest. If you enjoy the brilliant detective / narrator sidekick genre your time is much better spent reading Sherlock Holmes.
A detective and his ex-pugilist assistant investigate the suicide of a failed businessman. Not great but worth a read if you have a few idle minutes.
The second of a two book series - read "Black Bartlemy's Treasure" first. (If you search for it by title - "Bartlemy", not "Bartelmy" as in the synopsis above.)
Martin Conisby's quest for vengeance continues as he contends with pirates, many perils, and some new characters that do not dissapoint. Highly recommended.
A former nobleman is obsessed with his quest for vengeance for having been unjustly sentenced to a term of slavery on a Spanish galleon. Circumstances lead him to take up with a band of pirates seeking hidden treasure, and although vengeance must be delayed his obsession continues to drive his every action.
The romantic interest is well written and enhances the story nicely. A downside to the novel is the protagonist's obsession and self-destructive behavior constantly being used as the vehicle to move the plot forward. This wears thin after awhile - but still a very good read.