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The Sailcloth Shroud [Download] ➹ The Sailcloth Shroud ➾ Charles Williams – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The man nobody knew much about was buried at sea He had been middle aged, an almost professional sailor, and he had suffered a heart attach There was nothing in his personal effects to suggest that he The man nobody knew much about was buried at sea He had been middle aged, an almost professional sailor, and The Sailcloth PDF or he had suffered a heart attach There was nothing in his personal effects to suggest that he might have possessed a fortuneOf the two men who had been aboard with him, one was dead two days after the small ketch reached port Dead by murder The other man,, captain and owner of the boat, was suddenly the object of intense scrutiny by the police and the FBI He also found himself under a different and less subtle pressure from an underworld gang that was determined to discover a secret he didn t know he had Obviously his life depended on finding out the true identity of the man he had buried at sea, as well as on solving the grisly enigma of his death.


About the Author: Charles Williams

Charles Williams was one of the preeminent authors of American crime fiction Born in Texas, he dropped out The Sailcloth PDF or 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 allowed him to quit his job and write fulltimeWilliams 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 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 and Don t Just Stand There published in , for which Williams wrote the screenplay Williams died in California in .



10 thoughts on “The Sailcloth Shroud

  1. Jack Tripper Jack Tripper says:

    While maybe not quite as captivating as my previous Charles Williams read, A Touch of Death, this was still a top notch noir thriller, and I m now determined to read every novel of his that I can get my hands on Note I discuss the first 30 40 pages in detail mostly just the setup The story concerns Captain Stuart Rodgers, a lifelong sailor newly returned to the states after having purchased and sailed back a 40 foot ketch in Panama Unfortunately, his two shipmates, hired in Panama to help While maybe not quite as captivating as my previous Charles Williams read, A Touch of Death, this was still a top notch noir thriller, and I m now determined to read every novel of his that I can get my hands on Note I discuss the first 30 40 pages in detail mostly just the setup The story concerns Captain Stuart Rodgers, a lifelong sailor newly returned to the states after having purchased and sailed back a 40 foot ketch in Panama Unfortunately, his two shipmates, hired in Panama to help man the ship, are now both dead The first, Baxter, died of a seeming heart attack while still several days from land, and so he regrettably had to be buried at sea as a last resort The second man was found murdered not too long after their return to the states, and now some shady gangster types are after Captain Stuart, as they don t believe the story about Baxter s death and are trying to find him The police and feds are also extremely interested in who the mysterious Baxter was for some reason Too bad Stuart knows little to nothing about him, as the man wasn t the talkative type But he better figure it out, and fast And there s no way to retrieve the body to prove he s dead, of course, seeing as it s lying somewhere at the bottom of the ocean As usual for Charles Williams, this was a fast paced burner that never really lets up There are no wasted words every single piece of information and every single thought or word spoken is driving the plot forward in some way It s just go go go go all the way through Things like characterization are pretty bare bones, but the reader still gets to know Captain Stuart during the course of the action, and he s instantly relatable, at least for me There were several moments of sailor nautical talk where I had know idea what the hell they were talking about, but that didn t detract from this intense story at all.Highly recommended for fans of noir, and mystery thrillers in general Oh and sailors too.4.0 Stars


  2. Cbj Cbj says:

    This book was awesome It is currently number two after THE HOT SPOT among the six Charles Williams novels that I have read The plot is ingenious far fetched, but who cares Stuart Rogers, the captain of a ketch is taken in for questioning by the police after one of his sailors who accompanied him on his last voyage turns up dead with quite a lot of money on him It turns out that the dead sailor might have got the money from another sailor who died of a heart attack during the voyage Thi This book was awesome It is currently number two after THE HOT SPOT among the six Charles Williams novels that I have read The plot is ingenious far fetched, but who cares Stuart Rogers, the captain of a ketch is taken in for questioning by the police after one of his sailors who accompanied him on his last voyage turns up dead with quite a lot of money on him It turns out that the dead sailor might have got the money from another sailor who died of a heart attack during the voyage This sailor has a history of faking his own death When he becomes prime suspect in the deaths, Rogers goes on the run not just from the police, but also a bunch of gangsters who are out to recover the money I had mentioned in another review that Charles Williams knows a lot about sailing and boats he was in the US Merchant Marine and he incorporates the knowledge into his novels This puts him a notch above other crime writers whose novels lack attention to detail and whose characters come across as mere caricatures There are some wonderful passages about life on a ketch in this book that reminded me of Hemingway s writing I also liked the parts where the main character is on the run in Florida His journey across marl roads and large private villas are cinematic The main character is not a tortured soul like the characters in The Hot Spot or Touch of Death In fact he is doing quite well for himself before he is pulled into this mystery He does develop a sardonic humor as the events begin to unfold The thrilling finale involving a lie detector test and the bitter ending are perfectly rendered by Williams I discovered that there is an obscure film based on the book It does not appear to be that good based on the IMDB rating But this is a great book to make a movie on


  3. Ben Ben says:

    As with other Williams novels I ve read, this was very cleanly written, with a fast paced narrative that has plenty of suspense and bare knuckles action, and some romantic interest that never gets cloying or too sleazy.Williams is definitely a thinking person s Florida thriller writer If you want smart escapism with a 50s feel, look no further.Since this was written in the 1950s, about the only time the characters aren t smoking is when they re asleep At least no doctor recommends them for his As with other Williams novels I ve read, this was very cleanly written, with a fast paced narrative that has plenty of suspense and bare knuckles action, and some romantic interest that never gets cloying or too sleazy.Williams is definitely a thinking person s Florida thriller writer If you want smart escapism with a 50s feel, look no further.Since this was written in the 1950s, about the only time the characters aren t smoking is when they re asleep At least no doctor recommends them for his patients, though come to think of it there is a smoking in hospital passage


  4. Rodolfo Santullo Rodolfo Santullo says:

    Por ah , en las redes sociales, mi hermano Fernando reflexionaba que estaba escuchando mucho disco viejo, conocido y querido en esta cuarentena, aislamiento social voluntario o c mo quieran Uds llamarlo, como forma de encontrar lugares donde fuera feliz, lo que me llev a caer en la cuenta que efectivamente yo estoy haciendo lo mismo, pero releyendo libros muy queridos Libros que me formaron, probablemente, c mo lector entre mis 15 y 20 a os y que han estado juntando polvo en mi biblioteca hast Por ah , en las redes sociales, mi hermano Fernando reflexionaba que estaba escuchando mucho disco viejo, conocido y querido en esta cuarentena, aislamiento social voluntario o c mo quieran Uds llamarlo, como forma de encontrar lugares donde fuera feliz, lo que me llev a caer en la cuenta que efectivamente yo estoy haciendo lo mismo, pero releyendo libros muy queridos Libros que me formaron, probablemente, c mo lector entre mis 15 y 20 a os y que han estado juntando polvo en mi biblioteca hasta estos d as De modo que, con el de hoy, iniciamos un viaje de repaso a un mont n de novelas policiales que me convencieron si todav a faltaba algo de mi amor por el g nero Comenzamos con esta novela breve del maestro Charles Williams, uno que no sale nunca cuando se hacen listas de autores emblem ticos del g nero pese a que se lo tiene de lo m s ganado Y si algo era la especialidad de Williams era el vincular lo policial o criminal con elementos marinos y aqu en Una mortaja tal es la traducci n no es la excepci n Nuestro protagonista, Stuart Rogers, recibe la visita de la polic a en el puerto, mientras trabaja en su barco Rogers acaba de llegar de un viaje desde Panam , viaje que realiz con una tripulaci n de apenas dos hombres a los cuales reclut mismo en ese pa s antes de partir En el camino, uno de ellos Baxter muri a bordo de un infarto y no tuvieron m s remedio que enterrar su cuerpo en el mar Y el otro Keefer acaba de ser asesinado a escasas 48 hs de tocar puerto, con mucho dinero en su poder Rogers ciertamente no entiende nada, pero m s le vale irse despertando, porque la polic a y unos peligrosos g ngsters van a estar de inmediato tras su cabeza Williams construye un gran misterio y un thriller pesadillesco, uno donde hasta las p ginas finales no vamos a entender qu est pasando, con un protagonista que por momentos pesca menos que los propios lectores Y qu ritmo, amigos, que gran ritmo para contar una historia Que bueno que era Williams volver a las rese as en nada y que pena que no sea m s conocido


  5. Ronald Koltnow Ronald Koltnow says:

    I generally associate Charles Williams with Country Noir The first of his books I read was THE DIAMOND BIKINI and I love the film version of HELL HATH NO FURY The Hot Spot Both novels set in an Erskine Caldwell inspired South This is the first of his later sailing noirs that I ve read, although I did start DEAD CALM recently I hate to sound cliche, but it was a real page turner I couldn t put it down I read it in one sitting and actually wantedLike The Divine Westlake, Williams s I generally associate Charles Williams with Country Noir The first of his books I read was THE DIAMOND BIKINI and I love the film version of HELL HATH NO FURY The Hot Spot Both novels set in an Erskine Caldwell inspired South This is the first of his later sailing noirs that I ve read, although I did start DEAD CALM recently I hate to sound cliche, but it was a real page turner I couldn t put it down I read it in one sitting and actually wantedLike The Divine Westlake, Williams s action is straightforward, written in lean, clean prose The flawed characters, even the villains, are drawn with naturalism and verve There was a little too much sailing details for my tastes, but I think I could sail a ketch from having read this Can t wait to readof Williams


  6. Judi Judi says:

    Funny how this happens I had just finished reading DEAD IN THE WATER by Stuart Woods, which has a man who dies of a heart attack while at sea resulting in a sea burial and the after effects Then I pick up this book and guess what Another heart attack burial at sea But a whole different sstory This story was originally published in 1959, but the only thing that dates a good sailing story are the sailing instruments Williams also wrote DEAD CALM which is the basis for the movie of the same n Funny how this happens I had just finished reading DEAD IN THE WATER by Stuart Woods, which has a man who dies of a heart attack while at sea resulting in a sea burial and the after effects Then I pick up this book and guess what Another heart attack burial at sea But a whole different sstory This story was originally published in 1959, but the only thing that dates a good sailing story are the sailing instruments Williams also wrote DEAD CALM which is the basis for the movie of the same name THAT movie scares me every time I see it


  7. Dzbtrout Dzbtrout says:

    Yay Pulp for sailors


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