Search Results: "James W. Hall"


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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 >

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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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THE BIG FINISH by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"The John D. MacDonald of The Green Ripper meets the Upton Sinclair of The Jungle. Better get your fill of ham and bacon before you start this one."
Florida fly-tier/soldier of fortune Thorn, who's already tangled with his newly discovered son's attachment to eco-terrorists (Going Dark, 2013), gets another chance to rescue him—from some people even worse.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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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 >

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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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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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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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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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SILENCER by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 19, 2010

"Less mystery, menace, sadism and comic-book kink than most of Thorn's adventures (Hell's Bay, 2008, etc.), but enough to keep the fans happy till next year."
A charitable deal to protect thousands of pristine Florida acres from development lands Hall's newly wealthy hero Thorn literally in a deep hole. Read full book review >

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HARD AGROUND by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"A vigorous—even inspired—hoeing of what is, however, old ground (the greedy senator is a particularly hoary bit): still, fans of tropical crime will find pleasures aplenty here."
Another tangy Florida thriller from Hall (Bones of Coral, 1991, etc.), this one about long-buried treasure—and murder. Read full book review >

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MAGIC CITY by James W. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 13, 2007

"Disappointing."
A 40-year-old photograph triggers a spate of killings in southern Florida. Read full book review >