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Hell's Bay (Thorn Mysteries)

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Publisher Comments:

Master of suspense James W. Hall's Hell's Bay sends Thorn deep into the wilds of South Florida, in a story with all the haunting atmosphere of Deliverance and the sheer terror of Cape Fear.

Descended from pioneer stock, the Bateses are an aristocratic Floridian family with vast holdings in real estate and mining. When matriarch Abigail Bates is discovered drowned in the Peace River, a chain of events is set into motion, embroiling Thorn with a family he never knew he had and a fortune he doesn't necessarily want.

Thorn is leading a fishing expedition into the isolated lakes and mangrove swamps of Hell's Bay when Abigail's son and beautiful granddaughter arrive, claiming Thorn as a long-lost relative and asking him to solve the woman's murder. Little do they know that the killer is already on their trail. Soon their houseboat becomes a precarious island of safety in a landscape of escalating violence. What does the killer want? And why is their predator so enraged, determined to kill them all no matter what the cost?

As Marilyn Stasio said in The New York Times, "If violence can be poetic, Hall has the lyric voice for it." In this tour de force of fear and suspense, Hall shows how one family's dark past comes back to haunt its most remote member — and may ultimately cost him his life.

Review:

"Edgar-winner Hall (Magic City) puts a Southern gothic twist on his latest Florida thriller to feature his iconic hero, Key Largo beach bum Thorn. While helping old flame Rusty set up a houseboat deep in the Everglades as a fishing spot for tourists, Thorn becomes entangled in the intrigue surrounding the murder of Abigail Bates, a wealthy land and mine owner. Soon after, one of Rusty's first customers, John Milligan, confronts Thorn and claims to be Thorn's uncle, making him face old family secrets possibly connected to Bates's murder. Thorn's detective friend, Sugarman, at Thorn's request, starts making possibly dangerous inquiries into the crime. The appeal of this multilayered novel lies in the authenticity of its evocation of the Everglades, along with a slow-burning plot that kicks into high gear when Thorn and Rusty's guests, cut off from the outside world by sabotage, are hunted by Bates's killers. The result is another compulsive page-turner from a master of suspense. Author tour. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"James W. Hall and David Fulmer are talented crime writers, Hall the winner of an Edgar award, Fulmer of a Shamus. Their work is distinguished not only by intelligence and passion but also by an exceptional sense of place.

For Hall the place is Florida. When his trouble-prone fishing-boat captain, Thorn, denounces corporate thugs 'with giant shovels or derricks and mile-long drills'... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"Despite the testosterone-laden final pages, which stretches credibility as Hall physically and mentally overcomes a near-impossible situation, this will keep readers glued to their armchairs." Library Journal

Review:

"No writer working today...more clearly evokes the shadows and loss that hide within the human heart." Robert Crais

Review:

"The king of the Florida-gothic noir." Dennis Lehane

Review:

"Delivers taut and muscular stories about a place where evil always lurks beneath the surface." Michael Connelly

Synopsis:

Master of suspense James W. Halls Hells Bay sends Thorn deep into the wilds of South Florida, in a story with all the haunting atmosphere of Deliverance and the sheer terror of Cape Fear.

 

Descended from pioneer stock, the Bateses are an aristocratic Floridian family with vast holdings in real estate and mining. When matriarch Abigail Bates is discovered drowned in the Peace River, a chain of events is set into motion, embroiling Thorn with a family he never knew he had and a fortune he doesnt necessarily want.

Thorn is leading a fishing expedition into the isolated lakes and mangrove swamps of Hells Bay when Abigails son and beautiful granddaughter arrive, claiming Thorn as a long-lost relative and asking him to solve the womans murder. Little do they know that the killer is already on their trail. Soon their houseboat becomes a precarious island of safety in a landscape of escalating violence. What does the killer want? And why is their predator so enraged, determined to kill them all no matter what the cost?

As Marilyn Stasio said in The New York Times, “If violence can be poetic, Hall has the lyric voice for it.”  In this tour de force of fear and suspense, Hall shows how one familys dark past comes back to haunt its most remote member---and may ultimately cost him his life.

Synopsis:

Wealthy Florida matron Abigail Bates is on a canoe trip down a backwater river when suddenly, from out of nowhere, she is held underwater to drown by a strange and merciless killer…

Thorn is aboard a houseboat in Hells Bay when he is confronted by Abigails son and alluring granddaughter. Thorn soon learns that they are his long-lost relatives—and that he is about to inherit a great fortune. Hes also about to find out that being a member of the Bates family comes with a price…

As he searches for clues about Abigails murder, Thorns houseboat becomes a precarious island of safety as he and the others find themselves hunted by an invisible enemy. For someone out there knows much more about the Bates familys dark past than Thorn does. Someone who has lived a lifetime in their shadow—and has seen the damage their wealth and influence

About the Author

James W. Hall is an Edgar and Shamus Award-winning author whose books have been translated into a dozen languages. He has written four books of poetry, a collection of short fiction, and a collection of essays. This is his fifteenth novel. He and his wife, Evelyn, divide their time between South Florida and North Carolina.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312359584
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Author:
Hall, James W.
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Upper class families
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Thrillers/Crime
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Thorn Mysteries
Series Volume:
No. 8
Publication Date:
20090303
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 x 1.13 in

Related Subjects

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Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Contemporary Thrillers

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Product details 336 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312359584 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Edgar-winner Hall (Magic City) puts a Southern gothic twist on his latest Florida thriller to feature his iconic hero, Key Largo beach bum Thorn. While helping old flame Rusty set up a houseboat deep in the Everglades as a fishing spot for tourists, Thorn becomes entangled in the intrigue surrounding the murder of Abigail Bates, a wealthy land and mine owner. Soon after, one of Rusty's first customers, John Milligan, confronts Thorn and claims to be Thorn's uncle, making him face old family secrets possibly connected to Bates's murder. Thorn's detective friend, Sugarman, at Thorn's request, starts making possibly dangerous inquiries into the crime. The appeal of this multilayered novel lies in the authenticity of its evocation of the Everglades, along with a slow-burning plot that kicks into high gear when Thorn and Rusty's guests, cut off from the outside world by sabotage, are hunted by Bates's killers. The result is another compulsive page-turner from a master of suspense. Author tour. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Despite the testosterone-laden final pages, which stretches credibility as Hall physically and mentally overcomes a near-impossible situation, this will keep readers glued to their armchairs."
"Review" by , "No writer working today...more clearly evokes the shadows and loss that hide within the human heart."
"Review" by , "The king of the Florida-gothic noir."
"Review" by , "Delivers taut and muscular stories about a place where evil always lurks beneath the surface."
"Synopsis" by ,

Master of suspense James W. Halls Hells Bay sends Thorn deep into the wilds of South Florida, in a story with all the haunting atmosphere of Deliverance and the sheer terror of Cape Fear.

 

Descended from pioneer stock, the Bateses are an aristocratic Floridian family with vast holdings in real estate and mining. When matriarch Abigail Bates is discovered drowned in the Peace River, a chain of events is set into motion, embroiling Thorn with a family he never knew he had and a fortune he doesnt necessarily want.

Thorn is leading a fishing expedition into the isolated lakes and mangrove swamps of Hells Bay when Abigails son and beautiful granddaughter arrive, claiming Thorn as a long-lost relative and asking him to solve the womans murder. Little do they know that the killer is already on their trail. Soon their houseboat becomes a precarious island of safety in a landscape of escalating violence. What does the killer want? And why is their predator so enraged, determined to kill them all no matter what the cost?

As Marilyn Stasio said in The New York Times, “If violence can be poetic, Hall has the lyric voice for it.”  In this tour de force of fear and suspense, Hall shows how one familys dark past comes back to haunt its most remote member---and may ultimately cost him his life.

"Synopsis" by ,

Wealthy Florida matron Abigail Bates is on a canoe trip down a backwater river when suddenly, from out of nowhere, she is held underwater to drown by a strange and merciless killer…

Thorn is aboard a houseboat in Hells Bay when he is confronted by Abigails son and alluring granddaughter. Thorn soon learns that they are his long-lost relatives—and that he is about to inherit a great fortune. Hes also about to find out that being a member of the Bates family comes with a price…

As he searches for clues about Abigails murder, Thorns houseboat becomes a precarious island of safety as he and the others find themselves hunted by an invisible enemy. For someone out there knows much more about the Bates familys dark past than Thorn does. Someone who has lived a lifetime in their shadow—and has seen the damage their wealth and influence

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