I'm looking for help identifying a science fiction book that I read about 20 years ago - to do with space piracy.
A young man is kidnapped on his world and forced into being part of a pirate crew on a space ship.
Details I can remember: -
- The young man carries a Walther PP or PPK pistol constructed in his parents forge or foundry.
- The space ships have 'sails' that need to be set and reefed like a normal sailing ship.
- At one stage the young man is lost overboard and feared lost - until he returns and is considered a ghost.
The book started with a rather graphic torture scene - but I cannot remember how that fits in with the rest of the story.
I do remember that the cover showed a barrel shaped space ship with sails depicting a skull and crossbones.