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Horse Latitudes by Robert Ferrigno
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Mar 21, 12

bookshelves: mystery-suspense
Read in January, 1991, read count: 2

was just packing this book off to a charity store when I decided to take a look at it to see if it had held up ... was struck anew by the title and the author's preface/explanation:

"The Horse Latitudes was an area of the Atlantic Ocean where the trade winds died, befalling sailing ships on their journey to the New World.

"To get under way, it was necessary for the sailors to lighten ship by throwing part of their load overboard....The most severe and profound doldrums could be escaped only by abandoning their most precious cargo--horses.

Once the frightened animals were pushed over the side, the sails began to fill. The horses swam after the ships for miles before they drowned. Their screams haunted the superstitious sailors for the rest of their voyage."

Haunting indeed. A fine SoCal noir novel from 1990.

March 21, 2012: Getting the book off the shelf prompted me to read it again. Excellent!
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Scoats Man, I just typed that into my review. Wished I had read yours first and copy/pasted.

I look forward to giving my copy to a friend.


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