The Washington Post

“I reviewed one of his books a few years ago and enjoyed it, but that didn’t prepare me for the excellence of this one, a tough-minded tale of love, violence and duplicity.”

“(Hall’s) vision takes in both the beauty and the horror of his chosen turf, the dangerous Southern landscape that McGee once trod. He’s a strong and welcome voice.” 

Florida Weekly

 “The Big Finish” is another extraordinary performance by a contemporary master of suspense, characterization and setting. That it alerts us to abominations in our midst only attaches more value to this highly entertaining and tightly plotted romp.  More Thorn, please. He’s our drug of choice.”

Jacksonville Times-Union

“Thorn is as deadly as ever.”“Always poetic, author Hall finds goodness and beauty in a very messy situation.”

Tampa Bay Times

“The Big Finish, the 14th novel by James W. Hall about reclusive Florida knight-errant Thorn, is a wonderfully relentless high-octane thriller. But let me warn you: It will put you off your pork chops.”

 Shelf Awareness

“Although Hall’s plot travels a twisting path among drug dealers, rural black tenant farmers, Mexican farm workers and rogue FBI agents, he’s a pro who knows that his out-there characters and plots need to be grounded in a fluid narrative and a protagonist who lives as true to his own code as circumstances permit. Thorn is such a man, and The Big Finish is another slick addition to his chronicles.”

Charlotte Observer

“(The Big Finish has) “more switchbacks than a mountain road.”

Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald

“Brisk pacing keeps the tension high in “The Big Finish” with each twist and turn. Hall continues to show new sides of his perennial hero Thorn”

BookPage “Best mystery for December”

“Novels are often described as “character-driven” or “plot-driven”; the Thorn novels are rage-driven. Thorn will bear a lot with equanimity, but if you incur his serious ire, step back—no, scratch that, run away as fast as you can.”

Kirkus Review 

“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.”


“As always, Hall combines absurdist mayhem with remarkably subtle character interaction.  Thorn is a stripped down hermit version of Travis McGee, but like Trav, he makes a fine avenging angel.”

Publishers Weekly

“Hall keeps the tension mounting as motives and alliances shift with the foul-scented wind.  Even as violence looms, Hall’s talent for description adds a balancing, poetical note.”