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There's a lot to be said for my Uncle Harry. Mostly unprintable. All my life I'd heard about him, and from a distance he was kind of a legend. But the moment I signed on as a one-man crew to his beat-up old bucket, Jezebel, I found my hero was really a pirate. Broads and booze kept him afloat between capers—and so far, his luck was holding . . .

But this new harebrained sc
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1971 by Fawcett Gold Medal
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Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that I first read back in junior-high that is every bit as fun as I remembered, even if there are no bikini bandits. Ok, maybe one. The form here is "my summer vacation" and it's a coming of age tale as seventeen-year-old Clay hunts down his uncle Harry and sails to the Bahamas with him aboard Harry's worn out old ketch Jezebel. That's the first third of the novel, which is a picaresque. And then, during the middle third, it turns into a heist novel as they plan and su ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great coming of age story about a kid tracking down his ne'er-do-well uncle who skips from port to port in his battered old sloop, avoiding romantic entanglements and staying one step ahead of the law. Originally from 1971 it has a kind of nostalgia common in books from then and earlier decades, but it doesn't feel dated.

This is the second Gold Medal original I've read (back to back) of Basil Heatter's. I've got one more left, which I'll be reading soon as Heatter is very reminiscent of one of m
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