Blackwater Sound by James W. Hall
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The Braswell family had everything people would kill for: money, looks, power. But their eldest son, the family's shining light, died in a bizarre fishing accident. And when he disappeared-hauled into the depths by the giant marlin he had been fighting-he took with him a secret so corrupt that it could destroy the Braswells.

Ten years later, a huge airliner crashes in the steamy shallows off the Florida coast, killing all aboard. Helping pull bodies from the water, Thorn finds himself drawn into a bizarre conspiracy: someone has developed a high tech weapon capable of destroying electrical systems in a powerful flash. The terrorist potential is huge. How are the secretive Braswells and their family-owned company, MicroDyne, involved? And what does it have to do with the family's obsessive hunt for the great marlin that killed their golden boy?

With the Braswells, James W. Hall introduces one of the most evil and dysfunctional families in the history of fiction. And, along with Thorn, he brings back favorite characters from his earlier books, including Alexandra Rafferty and her father, Lawton Collins, a retired and increasingly dotty former police investigator whose methods of investigation result in his kidnapping. A story that bristles with all the heat and tension of a tropical Florida summer, Blackwater Sound is destined to rank among the greatest suspense thrillers of the new decade.


About James W. Hall

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JAMES W. HALL is an Edgar and Shamus Award-winning author whose books have been translated into a dozen languages. He divides his time between South Florida and North Carolina.
Published April 1, 2010 by Minotaur Books. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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It’s true that Thorn will have his work cut out for him getting close to Darlene and the crew of her nefarious yacht ByteMe, but it’s not true that he has nothing Darlene and her father want: He can promise access to the monstrous marlin that killed golden-boy Andy.

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Blackwater Sound by James Hall 339pp, HarperCollins, £10.99 The two ends of American literature - college set text and airport superseller - are linked by the significance in both of big-fish books.

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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.

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He has introduced unforgettable characters such as Thorn, the beachcomber and crime scene photographer Alexandra Collins whom we last saw in Body Language.

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When the Braswell's effectively kidnap Lawton Collins, Thorn joins forces with Lawton's daughter, Alexandra Rafferty, to rescue the old man, whose mind tends to wander.

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