Silencer by James W. Hall
(Thorn Mysteries)

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A father’s murder and a son’s ruthless betrayal are at the heart of the new novel by “master of suspense” (Publishers Weekly) James W. Hall


Earl Hammond, the wealthy patriarch of a family of ranchers, lies dead, shot just as he was to donate his Coquina Ranch to the state to preserve it from developers.  Spearheading the plan to save this environmental treasure was Thorn, a reluctant heir to a secret family fortune, who now finds himself in terrible danger as well.  A pair of deviant brothers, both contract killers, kidnaps him and drags him to a game preserve, surrounded by herds of exotic and very dangerous animals.  He is entrapped in a sinkhole—a geological dungeon from which there is no escape.


But Frisco Hammond, the dark sheep of the family, is drawn into the investigation of his father’s murder and Thorn’s disappearance.  He suspects the crimes are related.  Helping him is his brother’s beautiful, troubled wife, Clare.  They uncover a trail that leads back to the 1930’s, to a cabal of powerful and rich men with a sinister plan.


Silencer pits brother against brother and wife against husband in a thriller that proves once again that James Hall is “the king of the Florida-gothic noir” (Dennis Lehane).


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 January 18, 2010 by Minotaur Books. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Just in case parched, hungover Thorn can’t climb out of his prison, overpower his armed minders and escape from a barbed-wire enclosure containing him and a generous selection of wild animals, his ladylove Rusty Stabler and his old buddy Sugarman, who don’t for a minute believe the note he was fo...

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Shamus-winner Hall's superlative 11th thriller to feature Thorn (after Hell's Bay ) finds his iconoclastic Key Largo, Fla., PI with a newly acquired fortune.

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Dallas News

Unfortunately, one of the landowner's sons has another idea, which quickly leads to chicanery, murder and the near demise of Thorn (along with his longtime girlfriend, the talented sister of a former biker gang leader, and the landowner's other son, a Miami mounted police officer).

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Tampa Bay Times

As Silencer opens, his lady friend, Rusty Stabler, has transformed herself from a fishing guide to a savvy business manager and engineered a complex swap that will add both Coquina Ranch and a huge chunk of land Thorn now owns near Sarasota to the state's preservation lands.

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Mysterious Reviews

Though Thorn has a pivotal role in the book's premise, he plays a relatively minor role in the story, being kept captive — for reasons he doesn't understand and by men that to him have no obvious link to the real estate transaction — most of the time on a wild game ranch in the middle of nowhere.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Both, however, are interested in preserving the environment, and toward that end, Rusty develops a deal in which the State of Florida buys acres and acres of the company’s land holdings for $500,000, which money can then be used to buy the Coquino Ranch and preserve it in its natural state, in wh...

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North Jersey

Hall's series featuring an amateur detective named Thorn have grown accustomed to seeing the reclusive roughneck come charging to the rescue.

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