First published in 2000 by Headline Book Publishing, UK
1st. First edition, first printing - [ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 ]
ISBN: 0 7472 7438 X
Available in Hardcover
Kit Killigrew has been a sailor since he was twelve but his most recent posting, aboard the steam sloop Tsisphone, part of the West Africa Squadron, has shown him the deepest depths to which humankind can sink. Killigrew’s role in the young Queen Victoria’s Royal Navy is to take the fight against this illegal trade to the slaver’s lair on the hostile and dangerous West African coast.
A purple cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spine in at NEAR FINE condition .
Intact dust wrapper in NEAR FINE condition in protective sleeve; a very light, almost indiscernible crease at bottom of jacket front.
Page block showing very little of the browning normally seen on these books.
312 pages - 160 mm. x 240 mm. 30 mm.
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Jacket flap blurbs:
Kit Killigrew has been a sailor since he was twelve. The son of a captain in the Royal Navy, he has the sea in his half-Greek, half-Cornish blood and, with campaigns in China and Syria under his belt, it has given him as rich an education as a young man could wish for. And his most recent posting, aboard the steam sloop Tsisphone, has shown him the deepest depths to which humankind can sink.
For the Tsisphone is part of the West Africa Squadron which for years has been trying to rid the seas of the slavers who, four years after its abolition, still profit from the appalling trade in human flesh. But, when as a consequence of an engagement with a slave ship he finds himself under threat of legal damages, he begins to wonder if the odds aren’t stacked against those who are fighting this most just of wars.
But Rear-Admiral Sir Charles Napier sees in Killigrew the one an ruthless enough to beat the slavers at their own game. Between them, they plan for Kit to infiltrate the slavers and discover the whereabouts of the biggest slave market in West Africa, owned by the shadowy megalomaniac Francisco Salazar - and to find out the identity of the British establishment figure whom Napier is convinced is one of the slave trade’s major investers . . . .
Sweeping from the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the jungles of the Guinea Coast, KILLIGREW R.N. is set in the heady days of the Pax Britannia, when the industrial revolution was drawing the Royal Navy into an exciting new era, and introduces a fascinating new series of swashbuckling adventures on the high seas in the reign of the young Queen Victoria.
Background: adapted from the dust wrapper of Jonathan Lunn's 'Killigrew and the NORTH-WEST PASSAGE