Hell's Bay (Thorn Mystery #10)
Master of suspense James W. Hallâ€™s Hellâ€™s Bay sends Thorn deep into the wilds of South Florida, in a story with all the haunting atmosphere of Deliverance and the sheer terror of Cape Fear.
Descended from pioneer stock, the Bateses are an aristocratic Floridian family with vast holdings in real estate and mining. When matriarch Abigail Bates is discovered drowned in t
In any case, Thorn and his sidekick Sugarman are into another adventure not of their choosing (sort of) and, as usual, things have not turned out quite as planned. ...more
- Hell’s Bay, p. 208
For the past twenty years, Florida has been a breeding ground for detective fiction. Edna Buchanan, Carl Hiassen and the late Charles Williford are highly successful writers who seem to draw inspiration from Florida’s heady mixture of retirement communities, drug cartels, violence, hurricanes and shady real estate ventures. Shortly before his dea ...more
Bound Thursday, Feb. 28, 08
In James W. Hall’s Hell’s Bay, somebody’s gonna get bit
By John Hood
Here’s the setup: An iron-hard dame and her recalcitrant ex-lover pilot a tricked-out houseboat into the thick of the Everglades’ still surprisingly primordial 10,000 islands. On the craft: the dame’s slow-witted brother (who happens to be a master chef); a blowhard captain of industry and his cantankerous daughter (who happen to be at each others ...more
There are many writers who use the State of Florida as the locale for their mysteries. A few that come to mind are; Randy Wayne White, Tim Dorsey, and Carl Hiaasen. You may now add James W. Hall to your list.
Although this is the first book I have read by him, he has over 10 novels to his name and most are centered in the Florida area.
Phosphate mining has always been an enviormental problem for Florida. The problems are manifested in the revenue c ...more
The soldier's husband died of lung ca ...more
A huge company, run by an 86 year old wealthy Florida matron,is not taking care of its' waste and cancer caused by this waste is killing off people. A woman,Sasha, who has lost her husband and is losing her son to cancer, caused by this company's uncaring policies, is the murderer. We know this right from the start. Down t ...more
An example of the superior ability of this author's craft: "The Florida Bay spread out to the western horizon as flat and motionless as a slab of burnished silver. The red disk of sun had dissolved halfway behind the distant mangrove islands and was sending flares of green and blue into the cloudless heavens."
"The slate sky started to ...more
#10 - Thorn agrees to crew for ex-lover Rusty on a trip to fish hidden Everglades lakes. Their first customers include a man and his daughter who introduce themselves as Thorn's uncle and cousin. Cousin Mona tells Thorn that the death of their wealthy grandmother was murder. Friend Sugarman agrees to look into the old la ...more
This is indeed light reading and clean fiction. Nothing complicated...OK with me as far too many books on my list are somewhat complicated.
I'll keep reading them as I find myself drawn to the writing with subtleties of the characters interactions and the action which moves in a brisk manner to an obvious conclusion.
James Wilson Hall is an Edgar and Shamus Award-winning author whose books have been translated into a dozen languages. He has written eighteen novels, four books of poetry, a collection of short stories, and a collection of He also won a John D. MacDonald Award for Excelle ...more