In my review of The Hell You Say I said I considered it the best installment in the Adrien English series. And I meant it. It was better than the previous two books. But Death of a Pirate King? It beats them all. THIS is the best book in the series. The mystery wasn't very much a mystery but it was well executed and, besides, who cared about the whodunit when there Adrien and Jake were, meeting again after two years, sparks flying and tension and angst pouring off the pages in waves. I wouldn't have stopped reading if my life depended on it.I know I still have to read book #5 (and I know we're talking Josh Lanyon here; the man not only knows damn well how to write, he also outdoes himself with every installment) but I can't imagine how it can supersede the heights this installment manages. Very, very well done, Mr Lanyon.