Dead Last (Thorn Mystery #12)
From an acclaimed “master of suspense”(New York Times Book Review) comes a thriller in which Thorn must confront an assassin whose victims and methods are taken directly from the script of a popular TV show
April Moss writes obituaries for the Miami Herald. Her son, Sawyer, also a writer, has been scripting a cable TV series called “Miami Ops” and has been using his mothe
Ended up reading everything Jim Hall has written, even his poetry. Met him and talked with him last September in St. Augustine at a writer's conference and he's such an amiable and witty fellow. Just a real nice guy, so it really bothers me that I can't give this book better than two stars.
Thorn (and Hall) has come full circle in his more than 20 year career; losing his parents ...more
There are so many passages where the language is beautifully expressed, I would suggest Mr. Hall's work be used as an example in classes of how to write American English.
"You're getting old and predictable. You're rash and brash, you're old and slow." "You've been living off the grid since before there was a grid," You've punched the ticket for at least half a dozen people o ...more
Category – Mystery/Thriller
If you have read any of James W. Hall’s books you know that his novels take place in Florida and that his main character is Daniel Oliver Thorn. Thorn is off the grid and is his “own man”. He has been never known to play by the rules, either in his personal life or when he has to socialize. He is a solitary individual and seeks companionship only on his terms. He does have a few friends, but these can be counted ...more
DEAD LAST suffers from being too much about a silly TV show, albeit a fictional one that sounds perfect in i ...more
Here is one example why I LIKE this Thorn guy..There is a scene where another cop pulls out there
I-PAD and Thorn looks over, watching and says/thinks...."Wh ...more
At least the Florida stuff is still excellent - Hall can write with the best, but all the best of this book is the landscape.
Thorn mourns the sudden death of his new wife, Rusty Stabler, by burning his possessions. Then Buddha Hilton, the 19-year-old sheriff of Starkville, Okla., arrives to ask for Thorn's help. Rusty's aunt, Michaela Stabler, has been stabbed to death in Starkville; Rusty's Miami Herald obituary was placed beside Michaela's body. The juxtaposition of clipping and corpse mimics a TV drama, Miami Ops, which employs the twin sons of the obituary's writer, April Moss, whom Thorn ...more
Though more mature, he still seems to get into all kinds of trouble without really trying.
Was a good quick read. The only reason I picked it up at the library, is because I knew it was going to be something I could lose myself in for a few hours.
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