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Ghost Sea

Ferenc Mate.
Publisher Norton  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780920256497
Pages/Publication Date 267/2006
Daedalus Item Code 41508
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In 1921 Vancouver, an artifact hunter named Hay has stolen a number of sacred masks, and when a Kwakiutl warrior raids the yacht to reclaim them, he also takes Hay's wife Kate as hostage. Hay turns to Dugger, a coastal trader living on the edge of the law, and promises to pay off his debts if he will follow the warrior to the remote islands of Vancouver's archipelago. But for Dugger this is a bargain with the devil, since Kate is also his lover, and this novel's climax comes during the hallucinogenic ceremonies of the mystical Kwakiutl potlatch, in a thriller that the Vancouver Sun succinctly appraised as "Joseph Conrad meets Elmore Leonard." Along with the sea adventures of Dugger and his half-Kwakiutl first mate Nello, Ferenc Máté is also known for From a Bare Hull and other highly regarded nonfiction books on building and maintaining sailboats, as well as for memoirs and essays like A Reasonable Life: Toward a Simpler, Secure, More Humane Existence and A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover's Dream.

"Ferenc Máté has reinvented the genre we haven't seen since London and Conrad: polished writing, humanism, and sheer adventure. This is the book we have been waiting a long time for someone to write."—WoodenBoat

"Unnerving and highly charged. A wonderful sea story, a love story, a crime story and a masterful evocation of a time and place you'll not forget."—Booksense

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