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Blackwater sound
Hall, James W. (James Wilson), 1947-
Center Point large print edition.
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., [2002]

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392 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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The Braswell family has everything: money, looks and power . . . until a tragic accident changes everything. Ten years later, an airliner crashes in the steamy shallows off the Florida coast. While helping to pull corpses from the water, Thorn finds himself drawn into a bizarre conspiracy.

Author Notes

James W. Hall was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. After graduating from Eckerd College in Florida and earning additional degrees from John Hopkins University and the University of Utah, He began to write poetry. Among his published books of poetry are The Lady from the Dark Green Hills, The Mating Reflex, and False Statements.

Following his successful 20-year career as a poet, he decided it was time to switch gears and try his hand at writing fictional crime novels. He published his first novel, Under Cover of Daylight, in 1987. Since then he has written over 15 novels including the Thorn Mysteries series, Bones of Coral, Hard Aground, Rough Draft, and Forests of the Night. Several of his novels have been optioned for film and he has written screenplays for two of those projects. He is a professor of literature and writing at Florida International University.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Hall's dangerous bone-fishing iconoclast Thorn (Under Cover of Daylight, etc.) and gorgeous police photographer Alexandra Rafferty (Body Language) join forces in a thriller that should swell the author's ranks of admirers. From dramatic beginning to chilling ending, Hall's never been better. When a passenger plane crash-lands near Thorn's boat in the Florida coastal waters, Thorn finds himself thrust into a rescue operation that leads him deeper and deeper into the lunatic world of the Braswell family. The Braswell children boy genius Andy, psychopathic Johnny and dangerously beautiful Morgan make an impressively deadly combination. When circumstances lead Alexandra's wandering and forgetful father, Lawton Collins, into Thorn's path and into the clutches of the Braswells, Thorn and Alexandra become uneasy allies. There's much more at stake than the rescue of one endearing old man with a confused mind the Braswells' evil plans to market a terrifying device promises a reign of terror of awesome proportions. But all that is secondary to Hall's celebration of human and animal determination and grit: Thorn's principled effort to rescue Lawton and a great blue marlin's savage fight to survive. Hall's marlin is a magnificent creature, which the Braswells have hunted for a decade like Ahab after Moby Dick. Hall the poet and Hall the novelist have never been more beautifully melded than they are in this book. The result is suspense, entertainment and high-quality literature. (Jan. 7) Forecast: Backed by a national author tour and ad campaign, with pre-pub raves from Dennis Lehane, James Lee Burke, Robert Crais, Scott Turow and Michael Connelly, this crime novel seems destined for bestsellerdom. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The latest in Hall's Thorn series is another exciting and enjoyable winner. While cruising on his fishing boat off the Florida Keys, Thorn witnesses the strange crash of a passenger airliner. After saving several lives, Thorn wants nothing more than to avoid the public spotlight and recede into his quiet and solitary lifestyle. However, something about the circumstances surrounding the incident bothers him. Soon after asking a few questions, Thorn finds himself embroiled in a mystery centering on the Braswells, a financially successful but seriously dysfunctional family who seem to have a connection to the accident. The story moves quickly, and Hall's description of the Keys only enriches an already impressive effort. He possesses the rare ability to make the reader feel the geographic surroundings in his work. This excellent novel is highly recommended for all public libraries. Craig L. Shufelt, Lane P.L., Fairfield, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.