Joe Lincoln has capitalized the Cape he knows and loves in his novels. Now he writes of it from the point of view of reminiscences and local color -- a nostaligic picture of a departing scene. Meandering, chatty, with a dash of the ""Gift Shoppe"" quaintness -- but that will insure his fiction market's loyalty. Step by step with Lincoln's picture of stage coach days, of ""gunning"" and decoy ducks, of ""heaving and hauling"" for bluefish, of the packet line to Boston, of old Cape graveyards, of ""banking up with seawood"" against winter storms, of Cape characters -- goes the pen of the artist, Harold Brett. 17 full-page illustrations and title page in full color; end-papers; and 26 illustrations in black and white.