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And the Sea Will Tell

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"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...more
Kindle Edition, 752 pages
Published February 7th 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 1991)
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Laura
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.
Lisa
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.
Greta
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
Jim Thomsen
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...more
Rob
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...more
Amity-noël
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
l
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
Bridget
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.
Todd
Sep 26, 2007 Todd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Anne Province
I've read this one before. Bone chilling. Can't put down true story of murder on the high seas.
Bernie
Incredible read. Couldn't put it down.
Heather
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
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
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...more
Tami
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 tides...so 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...more
Carla Kaiser
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
Chris
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...more
Sparrow
Apr 25, 2014 Sparrow rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of True Crime, Mysteries, Spooky Non-Fiction
This book and the case it is about is absolutely fascinating. I read a lot of True Crime, and this is one of my favorite books from the genre- it would be perfect, save for one thing: Buglioso's incredible ego.

And the Sea Will Tell is a two part book: the first half is the story of the crime. A brief recap:

Buck Walker (aka Wesley G. Walker) and Stephanie Stearns (referred to as "Jennifer Jenkins" in the book), are two quasi-hippies, involved in a relationship and living in Hawaii. Buck was a c...more
Adrian
The full 638 page (pb) story of the murder of Mac and Muff Graham on the Pacific atoll of Palmyra in 1974 and another couples' culpability in this crime. Fascinating and as gripping as it surely was Bugliosi manages to repeat much of the same evidence (there were several trials) numerous times. The reader is drawn on just to get to the verdict. I was relieved when I finally got there. Bugliosi has many trenchant things to say about judges and the use of lawyerly tactics.
Leftbanker
Sep 30, 2007 Leftbanker rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a long flight ahead of them
That's why I love this site; it forces me to remember things I've read. I was handed this book before boarding a rather long airplane flight and I devoured it. A creepy story of murder and the high seas. Completely readable, instantly forgettable (unless you are racking your brain here at goodreads).
Rena
The story was riveting, but I was disillusioned by Bugliosi's gullibility in believing he had an innocent client. Hey, this was the guy who put Manson behind bars... what happened?
Kristie
Fascinating true crime story, but the author - also the defense attorney - is too fond of himself. More time was spent spouting his theory than the interesting points of the case.
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!!
Joseph
The first 150 pages of this book are amazing. The long court battle...no so much. I've also admired Bugliosi since reading Helter Skelter. He writes great crime.
Cecelia Tencza
As with his other book, Helter Skelter, fascinating story. The writing style, ugh....
Susan
Kindness repaid by unbelievable evil....so happy the sea gave up the secret.
Beverly
I still think Vincent Bugliosi writes great true crime books. This one is no exception. It is the story of four couples who sail to a deserted atoll in the Pacific and two of the people wind up dead. It would have made a great fiction book, but it's real life instead.

This book is divided into two books. The first one was clearly written by Bugliosi's co-author and it was very well done. The second book is all Bugliosi covering the trial and what a great trial lawyer Bugliosi thinks he is. There...more
Bernadette Calonego
I really liked the first part of this book, about two couples who sailed from Hawaii to a supposedly uninhabited isolated atoll and found themselves in the company of each other and did not like it. One of the couples was murdered under circumstances we will probably never know.

The first part of the book recounted the story of the two couples, the voyage on their boats and their life on the atoll. The second part was dedicated to the trials of the suspected murderers.

The author was the defence...more
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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 lives in Pasadena, CA.
More about Vincent Bugliosi...
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