The lives of two young men who are unknown to each other are linked from their early years. One, David Fletcher, is sent into the Navy on his father's death and is destined to command a ship of the Royal Navy. The other, John Carter, is put into male prostitution by his mother at the age of nine and is destined to become a particularly sadistic pirate captain, a sort of cross between Long John Silver & Jack the Ripper. The plot follows how their paths continue to cross in their respective careers in the Caribbean and then the West Coast of Africa.
By the Knife was really based round the regular use of a knife by Carter, hence the title, a rather unusal hook for a nautical plot which made it a very interesting read. The narrative was well written with rounded characters and was a compelling read. Recommended.
Description of: By the Knife
Author: Steve Partridge