Praise for Blackwater Sound


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Blackwater Sound won the Shamus Award for the best private eye novel of 2003  

From Publishers Weekly

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.Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The most recent of Hall’s thrillers, featuring the man known only as Thorn, lives up to the series’ reputation. At the scene of an airline crash, Thorn becomes entangled in the mystery of its connection to the successful but dysfunctional Braswell family, and the listener’s attention is captured immediately. An assignment brings police photographer Alexandra Rafferty into the widening net along with her Alzheimer’s-suffering father, Lawton. Ten years ago a trophy-sized blue marlin took genius Andy Braswell to the water’s depths along with a transmitter that patriarch A J, daughter Morgan, and psychopathic Johnny tune in to annually. In the rush to find one of Andy’s inventions, a HURF weapon explodes. Dick Hill’s impressive arsenal of vocal characterizations completes this highly recommended program. Sandy Glover, West Linn P.L., OR Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

“sleek and relentlessly propulsive…” –Dennis Lehane

“No one has written more lyrically of the Gulfstream since Ernest Hemmingway…a wonderful reading experience…” –James Lee Burke

“No writer working today…more clearly evokes the shadows and loss that hide within the human heart.” (Robert Crais, bestselling author of L.A. Requiem and Demolition Angel)

“If you don’t know the fine suspense novels of James W. Hall, this will get you off to a rousing start.” –Scott Turow, bestselling author of Presumed Innocent and The Burden of Proof

“With beautiful prose and a heavily muscled story, it moves with the grandeur and unpredictability of a [killer] marlin.” –Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of A Darkness More Than Night and Angels Flight