Fresh out of the hospital and low on funds, a young doctor decides to take a long sea voyage to restore his health. He signs on as a steward on board a millionaire's yacht. Then, one hot and humid summer night, the voyage starts to become a nightmare.One of the ship's officers is thrown overboard. Another one is killed with an axe. The killer strikes again and again, and the rest of the passengers begin to panic. Only the young doctor remains calm and tries to solve the murders, but to do that he will have to stay alive, something that won't be easy.
Here is another classic from the Mary Roberts Rinehart, a master of mystery and suspense.
From Mary Roberts Rinehart, or "America's Agatha Christie", comes this suspenseful thriller set aboard the luxury yacht Ella. Ralph Leslie takes a job as a steward on the ship's first cruise, and everything seems perfect until one August night, when one of the Ella's officers disappears and an axe-wielding murderer kills three people, setting off fear and paranoia among the remaining crew and passengers. Jim Killavey gives Ralph a masculine vigor that sees him unflappable in the face of the terror surrounding him, making him a compelling presence amid Rinehart's sensational plot.
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Not great but....pretty good.
- B. Jacobsen