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And the Sea Will Tell

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,176 Ratings  ·  232 Reviews

"Grips you by the throat from beginning to end."—Cleveland Plain Dealer

ALONE WITH HER NEW HUSBAND on a tiny Pacific atoll, a young woman, combing the beach, finds an odd aluminum container washed up out of the lagoon, and beside it on the sand something glitters: a gold tooth in a scorched human skull. The investigation that follows uncovers an extraordinarily complex and
Kindle Edition, 752 pages
Published February 7th 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 1991)
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Sep 30, 2008 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: truecrime
Vincent Bugliosi is the best and bravest defense lawyer who ever lived. You know how I know? He told me in this book.

Not a bad account of a crime and the trial of the woman accused, but please, Vinnie, get over yourself already.
Apr 04, 2013 Greta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
I did enjoy the book. It however, fall far short of my expectations. I had 3 main issues with it. 1) the write up on the back cover indicates that Bugliosi solves the mystery and pieces together what happened.. he pieces together a conjecture of what happened...don't expect this solved 2) there were too many descriptions of the case and trial that seemed self serving to an arrogance of what a "great" lawyer Bugliosi was 3) I was left with a lingering sense that Bugliosi a)outright concealed the ...more
Oct 18, 2010 Bridget rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was probably one of the most interesting stories I've ever read... until you get to the actual trial. Like Helter Skelter, Bugliosi's egotistical style of writing is hard to get past but it was cool to read this after Helter Skelter because in this trial he was a defense lawyer. The first half is unbelievable and shocking. The second half is a snore. Great mystery with an ending that leaves you VERY unsatisfied. Beware.
Feb 25, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is not just a true story, but it is comprised of actual journal entries. If you like crime drama, this book is amazing. It is split into two parts, first part is journal entries, the second part is ths story of the trial.

This book is definitely one of my all time favorites.

*heads up-language and adult themes.
J.H. Moncrieff
I was so looking forward to reading this book. It's about the Palmyra murder case, which I'm extremely interested in, and it was written by Vincent Bugliosi, who became one of my all-time favourite writers after I read Helter Skelter, which was brilliant.

Sadly, this book is not brilliant.

The first part was really interesting, as it starts before Mac and Mutt Graham and Buck and Jennifer head to the supposedly deserted island. I found the details of their lives on the island fascinating.

Jim Thomsen
Jul 12, 2010 Jim Thomsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every bit the equal of Bugliosi's "Helter Skelter," this book is a comprehensive ripper of a true-crime yarn that feels structured like an Agatha Christie tale.

To wit: Four people are on a remote, even spooky South Pacific island named Palmyra. Two, a married couple, disappear and are presumed dead. The other two — a hippie with a murky criminal past and his maybe-not-as-naive-as-she-seems girlfriend — turn up months later in Hawaii with the boat belonging to the vanished couple. The man is fou
Absolutely riveting true legal drama! But be warned, unless you're excited by the courtroom proceedings and the chess play that happens between defence and prosecution, you might find most of the book tedious and slow. The first 1/3 of it is an intriguing reenactment of the events leading up to the tragedy, and the other 2/3 is pretty much a court transcript. True, Mr. Bugliosi can be a little full of himself, but he built an incredible defence case, and managed to hit almost any curveball flyin ...more
Tiger Gray
Feb 25, 2015 Tiger Gray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
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Feb 15, 2009 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a book I read a long time ago, The Lord of the Flies, about a group of young British boys from affluent families who survived a plane crash in an isolated island. Deprived of adult supervision and having to fend for themselves in order to live, it didn't take them long to revert to barbaric practices, turn on each other and descend to murder. I told myself that was fiction, and now I read this book based on a true crime.
Once I started reading the book, there was no way I'm going to put
Feb 16, 2013 Amity-noël rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay I don't think this counts as a "spoiler" so I am just going to say it, this man can get a little long winded in places. It is over all a good book but some of it reads like some of Stephen King's works (I am a big fan of King's) there are places where I thought okay you can cut to the chase already my sweet Lord. Otherwise a great read the first part is excellent, full of mystery and knowing what is going to happen, being that it's true and from the "Helter Skelter" guy there are times when ...more
Aug 05, 2015 Linzi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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William Tatsch
This is a dichotomy of a book; the first half (presumably written by the second author) is enjoyable and everything you could want in a true crime book - if only he could have written the whole book. The second half of the book was a trudge to read; The trial sequence part of the book is usually one of my favorites, but I found I had to make myself read it here.

I think the biggest problem with this book arises out of my expectations going in, which I concede may not be a fair way to judge the b
Jul 21, 2013 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because I loved Helter Skelter and wanted to read another Vincent Bugliosi book -- and this one is even better. I was totally pulled into the world of Jennifer, a hippy who was accused of murdering a couple on a remote Hawaiian island, and stealing their boat. As the story unfolds, you wonder how Jennifer could possibly be innocent. But Bugliosi, the prosecutor in the Manson case, defends her, and the way he tells her story will draw you in. He waits until the end to totally hit ...more
Kim Condas
My son snagged this from the family lake cottage; it was a discard from the local library which my sister had picked up. I was sucked in immediately by the mystery in Book One, "The Crime." However, Book Two, "Justice," began about a third of the way in, and it was hard going from then on. If you are a fan of court procedurals, or want to be a trial lawyer, you may find this book fascinating, but if you're a layperson like me, you'll start flipping pages. Obviously, I was interested enough to wa ...more
Sep 26, 2007 Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Totes
A yuppie couple takes there yacht to a remote south pacific island. They encounter a hippie couple from hell. Aren't they all? Murder happens. The best part it is a true story. Even better Diedre Hall and Rachel Ward stared in the amazing TV Miniseries in the mid 90's.
Bonnie Murray
I really liked the first third of this book but the last two thirds was drawn out and I found Vincent/lawyer/author doesn't ever hesitate to tell us how great he is!!
Jul 26, 2013 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first 150 pages of this book are amazing. The long court so much. I've also admired Bugliosi since reading Helter Skelter. He writes great crime.
Anne Province
Oct 16, 2008 Anne Province rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this one before. Bone chilling. Can't put down true story of murder on the high seas.
Jul 29, 2008 Bernie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible read. Couldn't put it down.
May 03, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you liked "Helter Skelter," you will like this one too! It is written in much the same way (the first half is what is known to have happened, it reads almost like a crime novel; and the second part is the trial). I couldn't put the book down. It is fascinating and intriguing, and Bugliosi is a fantastic writer. Some of the other reviews complained that the mystery isn't solved, but this isn't a book about solving the mystery, instead, it is the account of the defense and the main character's ...more
Patricia Ibarra
Aug 12, 2013 Patricia Ibarra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mesmerizing true murder story where two couples, with no knowledge of each other, sail to the remote islsnd of Palmyra wishing to spend some tie on their own in this isolated place. One of them mysteriously dsappears, casting obvious doubts on the survivors. This is the first-hand and detailed story of what happened and of the separate trials of the suspects. A new role for the attorney and writer, Bugliosi, as most of his career he has been a prosecutor. Here, he acts as the defense attorney. ...more
Kent Horner
May 01, 2011 Kent Horner rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This is a true story of a murder which took place on an extremely remote atoll 1000 miles south of Hawaii named Palmyra. Two couples, each expecting to have the island to themselves, are from comepetely different backgrounds. Only one couple leaves the island as the other couple is murdered. The author is also the defense attorney for the female half of the surviving couple. The 1st half covers the crime and the 2nd half covers the trial. Vincent Bugliosi does an excellent job of explaining our ...more
Barbara Bellehumeur
This is an amazing accounting of a case that Vincent Bugliosi worked, investigated and tried in the courts. The crime infuriated me, frightend many and went to trial after a lot of hard investigation and leg work. Two people were murdered for their boat and belongings by persons who coveted what they did not have.
One person prosecuted as the murderer was as despicable as Charles Manson, another case this master detective / attorney was involved with. The other person, as you will see also is an
Wow- it seems like being a trail attorney is very stressful. It's a powerful murder story. Some of the legalese was a bit tedious, and I am not into boating and high/low some of the evidence presented was difficult to follow. A moving story nonetheless.

One thing that surprised me is that there wasn't any testimony from a psychologist or anyone with a degree/authority in psychology. So much of what happened in the courtroom- the sense of someone acting guilty for example---- seemed ve
Carla Kaiser
Dec 09, 2011 Carla Kaiser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-stories
I read this a long time ago, and from what I recall the first part tells one of the most fascinating true stories I've come across. It takes place on a small island in the Pacific Ocean. The second part reports on the legal consequences. You may recall that Vincent Bugliosi is/was a legal professional in Los Angeles, and wrote Helter Skelter. I didn't read the second part, since I'm not interested in legal details. I give the book 4 stars because the story in the first half of the book is just a ...more
Sep 23, 2010 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of murder and mystery broken into 2 parts - the set up of what possibly happened on a "deserted" island in the Pacific (and I swear, for a deserted island, it sure had a lot of people showing up!) and the court case the events on the island spawned.

Unfortunately, we'll never know what truly happened on the island (though there are only a few possible outcomes) but Bugliosi strives to give the reader as much information as possible. And, without getting into spoiler territory, I can't sa
Sharon Anne Beers
Feb 17, 2016 Sharon Anne Beers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another good true crime book by Bugliosi.
Steve Goodman
Apr 30, 2016 Steve Goodman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 04, 2015 Citywildcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read
This is one of the few books I've read that wasn't a big news story, something that wasn't well publicized. However, it was one of the very best books I've read. Talk about a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat! As I read it, I tried to put myself in the position of "Muff"....AND (in the book), "Jennifer". I could actually see Jennifer coming more and more under the influence of Buck. I couldn't imagine myself in a situation where it became a daily struggle/competition for food. Initial ...more
♥ Marlene♥
I'm 32% done with And the Sea Will Tell: Loved the first 22% of the book but it seems all the rest is going to be trial and talk about how good the author is? Darn Here I thought I was finally reading a good true crime book again. — Apr 07, 2015

Update April 9 after reading nearly 70 %
Can't do this anymore.
Sorry but I have lost all respect of Vincent Bugliosi. My god reading him being so smug all the time is so annoying.

The first 25 % was great. I do not mind rea
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American attorney and author, best known for prosecuting Charles Manson and his followers for the murder of Sharon Tate and others.

In his books he claimed that O.J Simpson and Lee Harvey Oswald were guilty of the crimes they were accused of.

In his latest book he states that George W. Bush should be prosecuted for murder.

Bugliosi lived in Pasadena, CA.
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