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In England's young silent-film industry, the megalomaniacal
Randolph Fflytte is king. But rumors of criminal activities swirl
around his popular movie studio. At the request of Scotland Yard,
Mary Russell travels undercover to the set of Fflytte's latest
cinematic extravaganza, Pirate King. Based on Gilbert and
Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, the project will
either set the standard for moviemaking for a generation . . . or
sink a boatload of careers.
As the company starts rehearsals in Lisbon, the thirteen
blond-haired, blue-eyed actresses whom Mary is chaperoning meet the
swarm of real buccaneers Fflytte has recruited to provide
authenticity. But when the crew embarks for Morocco and the actual
filming, Russell senses ominous currents of trouble: a derelict
boat, a film crew with many secrets, decks awash with budding
romance-and now the pirates are ignoring Fflytte and answering only
to their outlaw leader. Where can Sherlock Holmes be? As movie
make-believe becomes true terror, Russell and Holmes themselves may
experience a final fadeout.
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