Knox, William (Bill) (1928-1999)
Books below may be shelved
under his name or any of three noms de plume (Michael Kirk, Robert MacLeod and Noah Webster). Laird mysteries more likely under
Michael Kirk and the Carrick books under Knox's own name
Andrew Laird marine insurance investigator
When the freighter VELELLA survives a
fire off the
coast of Denmark Andrew Laird is sent to handle the insurance payoff,
but a routine assignment turns sinister when a charred body is found
in the hold, along with two firebombs and the burned remains of a
replica Viking ship. A terrorist group, the New World Revolution,
claims responsibility for the fire, but Laird finds out otherwise,
with the help of a charming Danish policewoman.
Trouble is getting to be a bad habit
with Andrew Laird, even in paradise. His latest case finds the marine insurance
inspector in sunny Spain on what he had assumed would be a totally routine
investigation. There is never anything routine about danger-especially when it
involves a half-submerged freighter, a ruthless shipping tycoon, a mysterious
cargo.and more than one corpse.
Scottish Fisheries Protection Officer Webb Carrick
The traditional wedding flag is flying
as the cruiser
MARLIN enters Port MacFarlane on the west coast of Mull. But Port
MacFarlane, a small and prosperous lobster fishing base, is no
peaceful haven and the wedding flag becomes a signal which marks the
start of murder and violence. Chief Officer Carrick discovers a maze
of blackmail and threats in which death is the payment waiting those
who seek too many answers.
When a sunken WW II ammunition ship
disintegrating and releasing its deadly cargo near a fishing village
on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, the fisheries protection
cruiser MARLIN is sent to the scene to help deal with the problem --
and so 1st officer Carrick and Captain Shannon can secretly
investigate reports of modern-day piracy.
MARLIN is sent to Port Ard to
investigate a warning
sent by an old drunk who then turns up dead, apparently by accident.
Investigating the death, Shannon is injured, leaving Carrick in
charge of MARLIN, and a web of murder involving a Soviet fish factory
ship that may be spying on the British.
Given command of the patrol launch TERN,
Western Isles, Carrick encounters an oil slick, and the bodies of a
couple that owned a lighthouse on one of the islands. As he
investigates, the boat repair yard at Dumbrach burns to the ground,
and yet another body is found in it. Carrick sets out to discover
whether the bodies are related to an oil magnate in the area or a
long buried monastic treasure.
Carrick, and TERN are sent to quell
at a fishing village on Skye where a Canadian developer who is
establishing a fish farm has turned the natives against him because
of the roughshod methods of his employees. Then a dead man turns up on
a warning buoy in the area, and divers discover a dynamited yatch just
The Grey Sentinels.
Doubleday, 1962. 185 pages
SANCTUARY ISLE in UK. Glaswegian police
detectives Colin Thane and Phil Moss investigate the murder of the
caretaker of an island bird sanctuary off the West Highland
Kobryn, A. P.
Rawson, Wade, 1979. 243 pages
Renegade US ballistic missile sub
up against the Pentagon, the Soviets and an American killersub. Skipper
intends to expose nasty military scandal, but must stay alive in the
The Fisherman's Son.
Broadway Books, 1998. 293
As Neil Kruger clings to a liferaft
fierce storm recalls his life of commercial fishing off the northern
The Last Voyage of the Misty Day.
Atheneum, 1992. 154 pages
Having reluctantly moved to Maine
after her father's death in Manhattan, fourteen-year-old Denise forges
a healing friendship with a boat owner surrounded by considerable
mystery. For young readers.
Kensington, 1989. 286 pages
The Command One, America's most
sophisticated submarine, is pursued by twin Soviet attack subs while en route to
the Persian Gulf and Captain Donald Smith is faced with a choice between the
safety of his country and the lives of his crew.
Krauss, Bruno [pseud. Kenneth
Story of U-boat commander Baldur Wolz in
action in the North and
South Atlantic during 1940, commanding a new
Story of U-Boat U45 in action in the
and Norway during the winter of 1940. Wolz is on a misson to land a spy
in a Norwegian fjord, and winds up in command of another submarine.
Krutein, Manfred G. (1917-2002)
Hitler's Last Gasp : the Miracle Weapon. Amador, 1995. 193 pages
Encounter between an American OSS
officer, a German U-Boat commander and a Nazi SS officer, who wants to become
Hitler's successor. They fight for control of a super weapon, directed at the U.S.
East Coast. .
The Calendar Epic: A Novel of the Merchant Marine. Putnam's, 1956. 318 pages
Set during World War 2 on the West Coast and
in the South Pacific and New Guinea. An account of the C-2 freighter CALENDAR
EPIC's first -- and last -- voyage.
Kyne, Peter B. (1880-1957)
Cappy Ricks, or the Subjugation of Matt Peasley. Grossett & Dunlap, 1915. 349 pages
Cappy Ricks is a crusty yet soft-hearted
Scots sea captain, a real go-getter, who owns the Dollar Steamship
Captain Scraggs: or, The Green Pea Pirates . Grossett & Dunlap, 1919. 308 pages
This sea yarn recounts the adventures of three rapscallion sea-faring men,—Captain Scraggs, owner of the green vegetable freighter Maggie, Gibney the mate and McGuffey, the engineer. Set in San Francisco
Cappy Ricks Retires, but that doesn't keep him from
coming back stronger than ever. Cosmopolitan, 1922. 442 pages
Cappy Ricks Comes Back.
Kinsey, 1934. 335 pages
The Cappy Ricks Special.
Kinsey, 1935. 276 pages
A short story
Dell, 1979. 219 pages
Two couples, off the Mexican coast in a
are suddenly attacked by modern-day pirates, who board for a day of
rape, torture and murder. Sad to say, this kind of stuff happens in the
Caribbean on a regular basis. U.K. title: Sea