Posts Tagged ‘pirates’

Beginnings (More – Revised)


September 2nd, 2018 Posted 7:58 am

On Sundays, we’ve been doing beginnings – all the Peter Abrahams novels in chronological order, including those written under the Spencer Quinn pen name. Today a repeat with revisions for #19, DELUSION (3rd in the prison novels, the others being LIGHTS OUT and END OF STORY). But we forgot to mention – and were reminded by our appearance last week on the monthly book show on WCAI (Cape and Islands NPR) where the subject was pirates – that we’d been down the pirate road ourselves in DELUSION. Hurricanes, buried secrets, an isolated Bahamian island, an actual sort of pirate with an actual sort of cutlass (if very tiny): the pieces are here!

[“Abrahams constructs a powder keg of suspense … He manages to imbue this page-turner with themes of racial and economic injustice while conjuring the ghost of Hamlet’s father to hover in the wings. Stellar.”
– Hallie Ehpron, the Boston Globe]

The man they called Pirate heard a guard coming down the cell block. Pirate had excellent hearing. He could identify the guards just from the sound of their footsteps on the cement floor.




August 29th, 2018 Posted 7:09 am

We’ll be on the monthly Cape and Islands NPR book show this morning, 9-10 Eastern. The show is The Point with Mindy Todd – although I think Mindy’s on vacation this week. So I can run wild! So apt, what with the subject matter: pirates!


What’s In A Name: Cap’n Crunch


July 15th, 2013 Posted 9:03 am

Ms. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month and time for What’s In A Name, where Spencer Quinn discusses the name of a character in the Chet and Bernie series. Who have we got today, Spence?

Spencer Quinn: How about Cap’n Crunch?

Ms. P.: The parrot who plays a fairly small role in Dog On It?

SQ: That’s him. Perhaps the only bird I’ve ever given a speaking role to.

Ms. P.: As I remember, Cap’n Crunch can say “Light my fire.”

SQ: Only if you first say “Come on, baby.” He can also say “Make it a double” – which gave me a nice little chapter ending. Chet doesn’t like birds and he especially doesn’t like the Cap’n, so there’s always tension with CC in the cage and Chet sidling over. The name itself is nautical, of course, which goes along nicely with parrots and carries piratical associations. Making Cap’n Crunch a sort of avian perp in Chet’s eyes.

Ms. P.: Ever thought of bringing the Cap’n back in another book?

SQ: Yesterday! But I went with a guinea pig instead.

Ms. P: Thanks, Spence. See you next month.

Welcome Abbie the kitty.


A Good Day


April 13th, 2009 Posted 6:54 am

All days are pretty good to my way of thinking, but Bernie says there’s lots of nice news today. First, he’s real happy about Captain Phillips and the Navy. Bernie fought in the Army – there’s stuff on that in Thereby Hangs A Tail – and he’s always interested in military news. This story’s all about pirates. They’re hijackers. We’ve taken down a few hijackers, me and Bernie, but never at sea. I swam in the ocean once, on our trip to San Diego. And was I on a surfboard? Yes! 

Second, President Obama is finally coming through with his promise. Welcome, Bo! He’s a Portuguese Water Dog. I knew one name of Parson. Talk about swimming! The only problem was that we were somehow in the pool at the Ritz, not sure how that happened. Not a good idea, for some reason, and when that concierge guy fell in things got worse in a hurry.

Tomorrow: Back to our story, although the details are getting a little …


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