Steve Goble’s The Bloody Black Flag receives starred Library Journal review

Steve Goble’s The Bloody Black Flag (Prometheus/Seventh Street, September 2017), the first book in his Spider John mystery series, has received a starred review in Library Journal:


DEBUT    After a fight in a Boston tavern, Spider John Rush and his friend Ezra escape by joining the crew of a pirate ship heading to Jamaica in 1722. But someone onboard spreads the word among the superstitious shipmates that Ezra’s grandmother and mother were hanged as witches in Salem. When Ezra is discovered dead, everyone claims it was a drunken accident. Spider John is the only one who suspects murder, and as the ship’s carpenter, he has the opportunity to move around and listen. Spider John has no one to trust, but he’s determined to stay alive long enough to find justice for his dead friend. VERDICT This original, gritty, action-packed debut is rich in historical detail. Suggest for readers who enjoy the Pirates of the Caribbean movies or Patrick O’Brian’s seafaring adventures.-LH