The Nautical Chart

Written by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
Review by Alexandra Ceely

The Nautical Chart is a modern tale of mystery and suspense. Coy is a Spaniard, a career seaman who finds himself beached by a mishap during his watch on his last ship. He becomes involved with a group of people searching for a lost treasure ship sunk off the coast of Cartagena in the 18th century. The tale revolves around a priceless book with nautical charts of the area that was published at that time. Coy is caught up in a twisting tale of intrigue and deceit, with the usual twists and turns one comes to expect from a modern whodunit. However, do not expect to open a book about a Jesuit treasure ship. Nothing takes place in the past; it is purely a modern whodunit, but a good one, well written and fast-paced, with interesting characters.