William B. McCloskey

Works

Warriors
Fall 1945 post WWII: Jones Henry (ex-Marine), Kiyoshi Tsurifune (defeated Japanese soldier), Swede Scorden (anti-German Resistance) enter Alaska fisheries: Jones as salmon and king crab fisherman, Tsurifune seafood buyer, Swede cannery executive. They interact, compete, fight while building mature Alaska fisheries recounted in author's recently out-of-print "Highliners Trilogy" of novels.

Highliners
Saga of Alaska fisheries 1963-1974. Hank Crawford's progress from green cannery hand to highline skipper for king crab etc. His courtship and marriage to independent Jody, the 1964 earthquake, foreign trawlers override his gear, lifeboat survival where he saves his mentor Jones Henry, interactions with bureaucrats Alaska and DC.

Stowaways, Ice of March Month, Toiletpaper Sopa etc.
"Stowaways:" Scandinavian merchant crewmen enroute Soviet Russia from Romania just after WWII find political stowaways they expect will be shot. Remembering their Occupation experiences, they risk danger to hide stowaways.

"Ice:" poor Newfoundland sealers dependent on their catch face protesters from larger world.

"SOPA:" two war-hardened skippers play a rivalry.

Also by William McCloskey

Nonfiction from personal experience about fisherman of the World: Fish Decks covering Atlantic Ocean commercial fishing, and Their Father's Work (see book cover image, left) covering the Pacific.

The novels Breakers and Raiders which with Highliners noted above comprise a trilogy about Alaska fishermen with focus on commercial king crab and salmon boats. The novel The Mallore Affair is about Americans stationed in India with the US Information Agency.

Selected Works

Fiction
(New manuscript unpublished)
Warriors
Older "Highliners Trilogy" characters (including Japanese) end of WWII as they enter the Alaskan fisheries.
Fiction
(in print 1979-2006, all rights returned)
Highliners
Alaska commercial fishermen for crab, salmon, halibut. Re Kirkus: "Raw and bracing as icy seawater"
Fiction
(novella stowaways and short stories)
Stowaways, Ice of March Month, Toiletpaper Sopa etc.
Seafarers–merchant seamen, sealers, military–face challenges to their personal and national loyalties.

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