From James W. Hall, the highly acclaimed best-selling author of Hard Aground, Mean High Tide, and Bones Of Coral, comes a stunning and superbly rendered new thriller in which the most deadly animals in the jungle are the ones that kill for money. With one poacher’s bullet, a young woman’s life is tragically, brutally taken–and her mother’s is shattered forever. Thus begins Gone Wild, James W. Hall’s electrifying new novel, which penetrates the lush, sultry jungles of Africa and Malaysia to explore the mercenary slaughter of animals-and to expose the savagery and humanity in us all.
Gone Wild brings back Thorn, the haunting, quixotic hero last seen in the best-seller Mean High Tide. (Though he plays only a minor role.) And in a novel filled with the author’s signatures exotic locales, vise-tightening suspense, steamy sexuality, hypnotic prose–Hall introduces a bold new element: one of the toughest, most complex female characters in modern fiction. Allison Farleigh’s desperate struggle to save the endangered orangutans from poachers–and to uncover the truth about her daughter’s murder–give the novel its passion and its fire. And the shocking international conspiracy she exposes in the process gives Gone Wild its relentless, heart-pounding tension. A mesmerizing journey into the heart of darkness, Gone Wild is one of those rare thrillers that not only makes you sweat–it makes you think.
Prowling from the crime-ridden south Florida killing fields to the steamy jungles of Malaysia, Hall’s latest novel finds Thorn, the moody hero of several previous yarns (Mean High Tide, etc.), entangled in the crusades of childhood friend Allison Farleigh, founder of the Wildlife Protection League, a worldwide organization dedicated to saving exotic endangered animals. When Allison’s eldest daughter is shot dead while accompanying her mother and younger sister on the annual orangutan census in the wilds of Borneo, Thorn gets embroiled in the case, which eventually pits him against a sociopathic pair of twins engaged in the brokering of rare animals to zoological collectors-and, lurking behind them, a rich and powerful collector whose designs bring the action to Brunei for a brutally satisfying denouement. Hall’s fans may be surprised to find that Thorn plays second fiddle here to Allison, but they won’t be disappointed with this charismatically courageous woman or her adventures. With its far-flung locales and unexpected heroine, this is Hall’s most ambitious novel yet, a work of considerable moral depth distinguished by rich characterizations, live-wire prose and bolts of offbeat humor. — Publishers Weekly