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Raiders : a novel
McCloskey, William B., 1928-
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Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, [2004]

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402 pages ; 24 cm
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The third book-after Highliners and Breakers-in McCloskey's thrilling saga of life in America's most dangerous profession-commercial fishing.

Author Notes

William McCloskey has been a Coast Guard officer, a merchant seaman, and a crewman on several fishing boats, as well as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun and a staff member at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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Booklist Review

This sequel to Breakers (2000), which was in turn a sequel to Highliners (1979), offers more of the same. This is good news for readers who can't get enough of McCloskey's highly detailed, exciting portrayals of commercial fishermen in Alaska and their frequently tumultuous lifestyle. Hank Crawford, who in the previous two novels made the transition from raw greenhorn to respected captain of his own vessel, is now dealing with fallout from his decision to fish for a Japanese outfit. The story this time is a little more ambitious, politically and geographically (Hank travels to Japan in this one). In addition, Hank, recovering from an injury suffered while he tried to save a friend's life, is forced to confront his own mortality. In the end, though, the appeal of this third in the series is identical to its predecessors: rich, vivid, you-are-there storytelling about Alaskan fishermen and their world. Readers of Highliners and Breakers who have eagerly been waiting to see what's next for Hank Crawford will be completely satisfied. --David Pitt Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

McCloskey's third novel about Alaska's deep sea fishermen finds hero Hank Crawford up to his scuppers in cutthroat foreign competition, a bad business deal gone worse and a wife who wants to be a fishing boat captain in a male-dominated industry. After Highliners and Breakers, Hank is now the respected skipper of his own fishing boat, Jody Dawn, fishing for salmon in the frigid waters of western Alaska, near Kodiak Island. It is the early 1980s, and foreign competition has been banned from U.S. waters. Foreign companies, especially the Japanese, now contract with American fishermen to fish for them, offering many promises of prosperity with lots of hidden strings attached. A Japanese company, Tsurifune Suisan Ltd., gives Hank command of a newer, larger boat, but Hank must put up his own boat and his house as security and take on a Japanese fishing master as part of his crew. Meanwhile, Hank's wife, Jody, a skilled seaman herself, convinces Hank to let her skipper the Adele H, the boat that belonged to Hank's recently deceased mentor. For superstitious sailors, having a woman on a boat at all is just plain dangerous, but a woman skipper is viewed as blasphemy. Hank and his crew are very successful fishing for the Japanese, but they must fight more than just severe weather and bad luck as treachery and company lawyers set them up for a bad fall. This is a riveting tale of the complexities and harsh realities of the Alaskan fishing industry, peopled by fiercely independent and resourceful men and women whose every day is a struggle for survival. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Part I The Salmon Tradition July-August 1982, Kodiak, Alaskap. 1
1 Jones's Shadowp. 3
2 Jumper's Songp. 19
3 The Racep. 39
4 Whale Passagep. 55
5 Kodiak Talkp. 61
6 The Beer Diplomatsp. 71
Part II Rules of the New Game Mid-August to September 1982, Japan, Alaskap. 87
7 Rising Sunp. 89
8 "A Ruvrey Highriner"p. 99
9 Bushidop. 111
10 The Suitsp. 125
11 Halibut Buzzp. 147
12 Kodamap. 159
13 The Great Game Continuesp. 167
14 Shakedownp. 185
15 Soakersp. 199
Part III The Wide World October-December 1983, Alaska, Maryland, Alaskap. 217
16 Unfreep. 219
17 Moonjogp. 239
18 City Lightsp. 251
19 Shaftsmanshipp. 261
20 Honorp. 281
21 Splashp. 295
Part IV The Cold World January-September 1984, Kodiak, Alaskap. 309
22 Shelikofp. 311
23 Overloadp. 321
24 Icep. 335
25 Fish Holdp. 357
26 Daylightp. 373
27 Epilogue: Sonsp. 383