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Blackwater Sound (Thorn Mystery #7)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  716 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
It comes out of nowhere--an airliner silently dropping from the sky into the torpid shallows of Florida's Blackwater Sound. Thorn witnesses the crash and pulls the survivors to safety, soon finding himself thrust into the media spotlight as a reluctant hero--and consumed by an elaborate conspiracy born out of the psychotic fantasies of a prominent Florida family. But their
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Published November 18th 2002 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2002)
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Aug 09, 2016 Mindy rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

This is one of my favorite series. I absolutely love going back to Key West to see what Thorn is getting into next. Mr. Hall does a fabulous job of evoking the Florida Keys. Makes me want to go there so bad, even with all the fucked up stuff that seems to always be going on there.

Unfortunately I did not read Hall's previous book , Body Language, with the female MC, Alexandra Rafferty, in it. It might not have been necessary, but I really wish I had read it first. What wi
Louis Lowy
Jul 14, 2016 Louis Lowy rated it really liked it
James W. Hall’s Blackwater Sound is a solid crime novel. Hall, who began his career as a poet, is a master of prose. His sentences soar, but never detract from the story, which is based around his character, Thorn—a man who specializes in creating and selling fish lures, but is drawn into solving crimes.

In this instance it involves a psychopathic family, a device capable of plunging airplanes from the sky, an attractive crime photographer named Alexandra, and Alexandra’s delightful, but memory-c
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
I have read and enjoyed several novels featuring Thorn, a reluctant hero. He wants to keep to himself, but seems to be a magnet for trouble, and he can't help coming to the aid of persons in need. In this story, a truly dysfunctional family went off the deep end when the oldest son died in a fishing accident. In order to save their failing business, the daughter is willing to do anything, kill anyone. And does.
Oct 16, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#7 in the Thorn series. 2003 Shamus Award for Best Novel.

Thorn series - When a passenger plane crash-lands near Thorn's boat in the Florida coastal waters, Thorn finds himself thrust into a rescue operation that leads him deeper and deeper into the lunatic world of the Braswell family. The Braswell children boy genius Andy, psychopathic Johnny and dangerously beautiful Morgan make an impressively deadly combination. When circumstances lead Alexandra Rafferty's - Body Language (1998) - wandering
Joni Fisher
Aug 30, 2012 Joni Fisher rated it it was amazing
Loved this installment in the Thorn series and when I passed it along to the bartender at Nippers on Guana Cay, she gave me a couple free drinks! No library on the island and they love James W. Hall books!
Anything by Hall, a poet and mystery writer, is a lesson in suspense.
Jun 08, 2013 Glennie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads, florida
Still loving this series!
Jul 22, 2008 Teri rated it really liked it
excellent writer, very good.
Nov 06, 2015 Sally rated it really liked it
This book was given to me off of a friends bookshelf. I had no idea what to expect. I now find that it was the 7th book involving the character, Thorn. Now I did like Thorn, so I might be interested in reading an additional (earlier) volume. I did discover that this author provided you names of everyone; the busboy, the valet, so you had to pay attention to all the names in case they were important. I did not like that. I have a hard enough time keeping characters and storylines straight
Jan 17, 2016 Ivan rated it really liked it
Na ovu knjigu sam naletio na nekom sajmu za 5/10 kn.
Nisam puno očekivao, pa sam čak i ostao ugodno iznenađen s radnjom koja prati nesvakidašnjeg junaka Thorna koji preživljava izrađujući mamce za ribolov, međutim igrom slučaja upada u središte zavjere jedne disfunkcionalne obitelji.

Iako je sam tijek odvijanja radnje djeluje malo nespretno, na trenutke nabacano, s sci-fi elementima knjiga mi je do samog kraja bila jako zanimljiva.
Frank Brennan
Feb 13, 2016 Frank Brennan rated it it was amazing
Hall is one of those literate mystery novel writers. Few a far between but he gives you your money's worth -- not necessarily in terms of length, but in terms of a good tale, fleshed out characters, and writing that way above the norm!

If you're not familiar with the Thorn series -- run out and grab a couple.
Aug 04, 2014 Wanda rated it really liked it
Really liked it. Makes you think what is actually possible and could it happen. How easy it would be to kill lots of innocent people. Like how Thorn gets involved by doing a simple act of kindness.
Frederick Bingham
Jan 01, 2012 Frederick Bingham rated it liked it
Thorn is a low-key guy in the Florida Keys who likes to fish and ride around in his sailboat. One day he and his girlfriend are out on the water and they witness a jet crash. They end up rescuing a number of people. The investigation into the crash leads to a sinister plot put together by a rich family. It involves a high energy electromagnetic weapon.The story involves marlin fishing, the Bahamas, an addled old man, his police photographer daughter, an evil rich woman tycoon and her slimy famil ...more
Ivana Hajdinić
Knjiga mi je zbrda-zdola
nije mi sjela
zapravo šteta !!
Jill Black
Jan 18, 2014 Jill Black rated it it was amazing
Best yet, hopefully Thorn and Lawton are together in more books to come. They fit together wonderfully.
Oct 24, 2010 Steve rated it it was ok
This book was not nearly as suspenseful as Body Language or other books that I have read by James Hall. I hate stories where the bad guys just kill random people but feel the need to tie up the hero so they can first explain why they did what they did before the inevitable escape. The story's climax was cheesier than a block of Cracker Barrel cheddar.
Barbara ★
While marlin fishing, the Braswell's oldest boy was pulled overboard by the fish. The family has many secrets and affiliations but their obsession with tracking that particular marlin has destroyed them. This was my first James W. Hall book but certainly not my last. This was wonderfully suspenseful and wacky.
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
This was a surprise. I had read a Hall mystery in the past and for some unknown reason I never picked up another one again until now. This was fun and well written. Family of killers hunting a fish, a guy who ‘gets involved’, and a lady cop looking for her simple-minded father. Good action and even better characters.
Nov 23, 2009 Justin rated it liked it
The only reason I am giving this book three stars is that I like Thorn, the protagonist. The book itself is hardly deserving, in my opinion, of the reviews it has received from critics and authors. If you want a quick read when you go marlin fishing in the carribbean then this is it.
Jun 22, 2015 Cammie rated it did not like it
Took me forever to read this book because it was horrible. Nothin written that would make you care about any of the characters. Sorry to say that this is my first James W. Hall book...and last. I really wanted to like this book.
Dec 09, 2012 Patsy rated it liked it
Good action book. Laid back Thorn becomes involved in a family's wave of crime after witnessing an airplane crash, helping survivors, and finding out that the plane may not have crashed of its own accord.
Sep 01, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it
Fluff, but fairly entertaining fluff. Extra points for the Florida setting and teaching me about marlin fishing....who knew I cared?
Jon Breakfield
Aug 03, 2013 Jon Breakfield rated it it was amazing
Another superb Thorn mystery from Mr. Hall The perfect protagonist in the perfect setting of the Florida Keys.
Jun 05, 2008 Diane rated it really liked it
Mr. Hall has written a truly bazarre family scene with the Braswells. I love James W Hall. Pure entertainment.
Jeffrey Hammerhead
Aug 25, 2012 Jeffrey Hammerhead rated it really liked it
Shelves: florida-mystery
After sending time on Blackater Sound, I had a connection to this book. Very enjoyable.
Sep 30, 2011 Ricardo rated it did not like it
I thought the book was extremely boring and the plot was really difficult to believe
Jul 29, 2012 John rated it really liked it
good story...takes place in the Fla. Keys so i was bound to enjoy it
Rodger Campbell
Jan 17, 2014 Rodger Campbell rated it really liked it
Another great read from James W. Hall, one of my favourite authors.
Nov 15, 2010 Katie rated it did not like it
Hated it. Didn't even finish it.
Sep 04, 2012 Wayne rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Not particularly interesting.
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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
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