Search Results: "James W. Hall"


BOOK REVIEW

FORESTS OF THE NIGHT by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 19, 2005

"Inconsistent writing: tight action scenes offset by thin characters and purplish prose ('Her complexion was as flawless as warm crème brulee')."
An uneven thriller about Cherokee that never fully mines its rich potential. Read full book review >

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OFF THE CHART by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"It's all a little 'cartoonish,' as one of Vic's many victims says. But the combination of world-class villainy, exotic locations, quick-march pacing, and studly heroism also suggests Thorn's channeling James Bond."
After years of tussling with metaphorical pirates of every stripe (Blackwater Sound, 2002, etc.) fly-tying South Florida swashbuckler Thorn finally gets to go up against the real thing. Read full book review >

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BODY LANGUAGE by James W. Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"A double-barreled actioner set apart from the pack by Hall's virtuoso control of tone, which can shift you from giggles to gasps with a single well-trimmed phrase. ($200,00 ad/promo; author tour)"
Key West chronicler Hall gives rugged adventurer Dick Thorn (Red Sky at Night, 1997, etc.) a well-earned rest as the author heads north to Miami to follow the fortunes of a police photographer, a lethal serial rapist, and two very large bags full of money. Read full book review >

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DEAD LAST by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"Hall works some pleasing changes on a gimmick that was threadbare when Josephine Tey used it 75 years ago. Not the best Thorn, despite some deeply felt moments."
Nothing, it seems, can boost a sagging TV crime series but a series of copycat crimes. Read full book review >

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BLACKWATER SOUND by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Average for this action-packed series, built for speed rather than reflection, and boasting still another in the most grotesque gallery of villains since the glory days of Dick Tracy."
More spirited apocalyptic escapism pitting Thorn, the hero lesser mortals disapprovingly describe as "some kind of amateur vigilante," against a hideously dysfunctional South Florida family. Read full book review >

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RED SKY AT NIGHT by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1997

"If you can overlook Thorn's preening for the Hemingway Attitude award, there's lots of expert action and some entertaining pop psychology here, without the overblown self- importance that sank Buzz Cut (1996). (Author tour)"
Thorn, Key Largo's most heroic fishing guide, confirms his credentials as self-ordained savior of the Florida ecosphere when he avenges the killings of 11 dolphins. Read full book review >

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MEAN HIGH TIDE by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 4, 1994

"Merry, brawny, and rambunctious: guaranteed to please fans of John D. MacDonald, Elmore Leonard, and anybody in between."
Hall's latest blast of Florida heat resurrects stylish dropout Dick Thorn (Tropical Freeze, 1989), hell-bent on avenging the suspicious diving-accident death of his ladylove Darcy Richards, who'd been asking one question too many about red tilapia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 2002

"Laid-back and quite competent, if not consistently soul-stirring, certainly well-enough executed to be enjoyed in the shade with the sound of the surf not far away."
From the South Florida School of American Literature, home to both Ernest Hemingway and Dave Barry, comes hard-working Hall: erstwhile poet, current thriller-writer, and sometime English teacher here undertaking a new form. Read full book review >

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ROUGH DRAFT by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"More twists than thrills, but connoisseurs of villainy will appreciate the latest additions to the most memorable gallery of criminal grotesques since the glory days of Dick Tracy."
A freewheeling FBI unit uses a sorrowing crime writer to get at a brutal hired killer—in an intricate thriller that never quite hits the Michael Connelly mark. Read full book review >

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GONE WILD by James W. Hall
Released: March 21, 1995

"Great dialogue and enough kick in the details to make you forget or forgive the slick damsels-and-other-primates-in- distress scenario. (Author tour)"
Florida adventurer/avenger Dick Thorn, who seems to have lost his first name for good since Mean High Tide (1994), goes up against poachers bent on wiping out whatever endangered specimens they can't capture. Read full book review >

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GOING DARK by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"The plot of Going Dark doesn't have the zip of some of Hall's other Thorn books, but with its nicely observed characters and lively dialogue—and terrific sex scenes—it keeps readers turning the pages."
In Hall's 13th Thorn novel, the go-it-alone Key Largo PI undergoes a crash course in parenthood when he discovers the grown son he barely knows belongs to an environmental activist group with terrorism on its agenda. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 10, 2012

"Passionately and thoroughly entertaining."
What makes a bestselling novel? Longtime teacher and prolific thriller writer Hall (Dead Last, 2011, etc.) explores how certain books strike literary paydirt. Read full book review >