Amagansett by Mark Mills

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In the small town of Amagansett, perched on Long Island's windswept coast, generations have followed the same calling as their forefathers, fishing the dangerous Atlantic waters. Little has changed in the three centuries since white settlers drove the Montaukett Indians from the land. But for Conrad Labarde, a second-generation Basque immigrant recently returned from the Second World War, and his fellow fisherman Rollo Kemp, this stability is shattered when a beautiful New York socialite turns up dead in their nets.

On the face of it, her death was accidental, but deputy police chief Tom Hollis - an incomer from New York - is convinced the truth lies in the intricate histories and family secrets of Amagansett's inhabitants. Meanwhile the enigmatic Labarde is pursuing his own investigation.


About Mark Mills

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Mark Mills is a screenwriter and the author of The Information Officer, The Savage Garden, and Amagansett. His first novel, Amagansett, was published in a dozen countries and received the British Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award, and The Savage Garden was a #1 bestseller in the United Kingdom. A graduate of Cambridge University, he lives in Oxford with his wife and their two children.
Published May 3, 2005 by Berkley. 371 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Romance, Crime, Horror, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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I’d boil up a lobster, only I’m sick to the hind teeth of the damned things.” Sea, sky, tossing waves, curling whitecaps, foam, rowboats cutting through a wild unrest (as Whitman puts it)—not to mention high humor and heartfelt sex.

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(Hollis, we are assured, ''had already faced the grinning demon all men must confront in their lives.'') Meanwhile, a large cast of fisherfolk sling rough-hewn phrases like ''It's them krill,'' ''You ain't no tub of wisdom'' and ''He were well along in years, that crazy old he-goat.'' Mills's par...

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The Guardian

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Amagansett by Mark Mills Fourth Estate £10, pp368 'Looks fishy to me!' yells Rollo (one of many interesting sub-characters in a book full of them) to Conrad, the main man who has just rolled a cigarette and poured himself a cup of coffee which, although the details are not recorded, you just kn...

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The Guardian

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Amagansett by Mark Mills 358pp, Fourth Estate, £10 When Amagansett fisherman Conrad Labarde hauls in the body of a beautiful woman in a navy blue swimsuit, Chief Milligan of the East Hampton Police sends over his deputy Tom Hollis, a resentful exile from the city.

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Hollis and Labarde sort of work together to solve the crime, though Hollis doesn't realize the extent of Labarde's help until later.

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AMAGANSETT is a great first novel involving social classes and hopefully it will not be the last time we hear from this author.

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