Pirates of the Pines
By A. M. Chisholm
Number Three in Murania’s Classic Pulp Reprints series, this rousing adventure yarn was originally published in the October 20, 1915 issue of Street & Smith’s THE POPULAR MAGAZINE as “Fur Pirates.” Set in the wilderness fringing northwestern Canada’s great Carcajou River, its protagonist and narrator is 18-year-old Bob Cory, who lives with his sister Peggy on their uncle’s modest homestead. While out one day with recovering invalid Jim Dunleath, Bob unearths a long-lost letter written by notorious fur thief Angus McNab to his brother, revealing the location of a fortune in stolen pelts cached on an island in the nearby Burntwood Lakes. Dunleath believes that the treasure must still be there and persuades a wealthy Eastern sportsman to bankroll an expedition to find the cache.
Chisholm deliberately patterned his tale on TREASURE ISLAND as an homage to Robert Louis Stevenson. Nearly every element corresponds to something in Stevenson’s novel. And yet Chisholm’s work is not a slavish imitation, it’s a brilliantly executed tour de force. The characters have personalities all their own, the settings are vividly described, and the yarn is suffused with verisimilitude. PIRATES OF THE PINES succeeds on its own terms; you needn’t be familiar with Stevenson’s classic to appreciate Chisholm’s accomplishment.
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Classic Pulp Reprints
Cover Art by Frank Schoonover
Introduction by Ed Hulse
198 pages, 6x9, trade paperback