David Donachie is an avowed lover of naval fiction with a stroke of mischief, and he has lately published a multivolume biographical novel about Lord Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton. Writing as Tom Connery, he is the author of the popular Markham of the Marines novels. A Scot by birth, he lives in Deal on the Channel coast of England.
"Not content to outflank and outgun C. S. Forester with his vivid and accurate shipboard action, storm havoc and battle scenes, Donachie has made Ludlow the most compulsively readable amateur detective since Dick Francis' latest ex-jockey." -- Cambrige Evening News "High adventure and detection cunningly spliced." -- Times of London Literary Review "Skullduggery ... rousing battles. Authenticity guaranteed: taste the salt and smell the powder. Donachie sails on without a rival in sight." -- Times Literary Review