Captain in Calico



George MacDonald Fraser was renowned for his legendary Flashman series featuring the incorrigible knave Harry Flashman, a soldier in the British army. After Fraser's death, his children discovered an unpublished first novel locked away in his study: Captain in Calico. In this lively stand-alone, Fraser introduces the real-life antihero Captain John Rackham. Called Calico Jack, he was the first to fly the skull and crossbones on a black flag, an illustrious eighteenth-century pirate who marauded the perilous Caribbean seas.

One tranquil evening in the Bahamas, Calico Jack, wanted on counts of piracy, makes a surprise appearance at the governor's residence and asks for a pardon for his men. When Jack last set sail from the Bahamas two years prior, he left behind a beautiful fiancee he hopes to win back. A deal is brokered, but what the governor does not reveal is that while Jack was off looting the Spaniards, his beloved has become betrothed to a new man--the governor himself. Jack discovers he has been deceived and, in a fury, publicly threatens the governor, then locks swords with a notorious Frenchman outside a pub. All seems lost until a buxom Irishwoman, Anne Bonney, comes to his rescue and sets about planning one of the most audacious lootings the Caribbean has ever seen.

Product Details

$16.00  $14.72
Mysterious Press
Publish Date
September 13, 2016
5.4 X 0.9 X 8.1 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

George MacDonald Fraser (1925-2008) was the author of the bestselling Flashman series. Born in England and raised in Scotland, he served in the Highland regiment in India, Africa, and the Middle East. He also wrote screenplays, including The Three Musketeers and the James Bond film Octopussy.


Praise for Captain in Calico

"A forgotten novel, written 60 years ago and found locked away in a fireproof safe in [Fraser's] old study, is finally to make it into print . . . Full of the influences of the writers he loved as a boy--Rafael Sabatini, PC Wren, GA Henty, Sir Walter Scott."--Guardian (UK)

"Fraser [is] the world's greatest storyteller, combining the best of P.G. Wodehouse, Alexandre Dumas and Great Game chronicler Peter Hopkirk . . . Captain incorporates piracy's tried-and-true hallmarks--treasure, treachery, intermittent romance and high-seas mutiny."--Wall Street Journal

"Capt. Jack Rackham arrives on the page fearless and fully formed . . . An entertaining story laced with historical references."--Kirkus Reviews

"[An] energetic tale of piracy and peril . . . suspenseful."--Publishers Weekly

Praise for George MacDonald Fraser:

"One of the masterly comic writers of the 20th century."--Wall Street Journal

"A novelistic gallop through history and imagination. . . . Fraser can easily juggle Conan Doyle and Holmes, Fleming and Bond, Wodehouse and Wooster, and Chandler and Marlowe."--Vanity Fair

"A master of high jinks, an unabashedly nostalgic fan of dueling adventure and boudoir romance, a knowledgeable, witty and ebullient ransacker of historical fiction."--New York Times Book Review, on The Pyrates