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When They Come for You

(Harper McDaniel #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  5,771 ratings  ·  353 reviews
After her journalist husband and infant son are brutally executed in a fire in their Florida home, photographer Harper McDaniel has nothing left to live for—except settling the score. When the local police fail to take the arson seriously, Harper takes the reins and discovers her husband was investigating some mysterious deaths at a cacao plantation on the Ivory Coast. Now ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
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This is a tense, action packed thriller set in Florida, the Ivory Coast and Switzerland. Photographer Harper McDaniel is shell shocked when her journalist husband, Ross and baby Leon are murdered and her home set on fire. The only thing that pulls her out of her mind numbing grief and anguish is her determination to find out what happened and why. With Ross's final words to her about chocolate, Harper begins to peel back the layers that lead to the heinous actions of the Albion Corporation and t ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story.

This book was free with my Kindle First unpublished August book. Husband and child killed and her house burned down. He was reporter, wrote about her mobster family and investigating "chocolate." Vengeance killings all over the globe. Didn't do much for me, but while eating chocolate will remember this story.
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 78%

Time to call it quits.

I loved the premise of the book. Kickass woman out to avenge the murders of her husband and baby. International locales. But the story fell short in so many ways, I finally had to acknowledge that I didn't care how it ended.

Many of the characters simply didn't strike me as believable, Hall's portrayals sloppy or somehow off. The assassin who is so captivated by Harper he leaves ways to trace him (view spoiler)
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and fast-paced thriller from Hall, known for his Thorne series but branching out to a new one involving Harper McDaniels, a photographer whose husband and infant son are murdered and house burned down over a potential story the hubby was investigating involving the chocolate industry. Harper starts out as a bit unbelievable with fighting skills that seem to come from nowhere, but as the story progresses, information comes to light to explain her history and present skills. It's well ...more
P Bernhardt
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time deciding how many stars to award to When They Come For You. The story is interesting, well-written, and includes enough information about the Chocolate industry to urge the reader to do more research. The author provides picturesque descriptions of the Ivory Coast, Miami, and Zurich so you feel as if you're there. The action is descriptive and helps the plot. The reason I didn't give it Five Stars is the protagonist. Harper McDaniel is a singularly unlikeable character. She's a ...more
Fred Forbes
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Hall is a favorite of mine and I always looked forward to his new releases for a chance to catch up when he appears at our local bookstores. Unfortunately, he has opted to skip the "conventional" publishing routine and skip the hardback in favor of the paperback and a huge emphasis on the e-book. (Glad to see it made the best seller list!)

This is a new character, female, for a big change from Thorn and the book features his clear descriptive writing and tense plotting. A bit of a credulity
Larry Deaton
James W. Hall, who writes the Florida based mystery series about a man who goes by the name of Thorn, starts a new series with a female protagonist. This one is about Harper McDaniel, a woman photographer, who has to deal with her husband and infant son murdered in the opening pages of the book. We move through the horrors of that, as she recruits her grandfather, a retired mafioso in Florida as well as some other help, to track down the killers who are connected with the chocolate industry. The ...more
Roger Bultot
Aug 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really disappointing

Adolescent writing of a mediocre story. Tedious and boring. Don't waste your time. Can't understand how some of these "stories" get published.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read this author's work previously, but I intend to follow Harper's story. This was cinematic, nonstop action and fighting skills on part of a female? - something different for me. I admit that it took me a while to invest since Harper is not realistic, but rather a comic book heroine. She believes she is made of steel and fully bullet proof, but turns out that is not the case.
She worked as assistant to her famous photographer mother who apparently was also a tough cookie. We don't ge
John of Canada
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: family, mystery, revenge
Pretty good beginning and story,but I got the impression that Hall cut and pasted it together.It was obviously the beginning of a series and I'll probably pass on any future offerings.
Sarah Long
You know how a book can grab you, not letting you put it down? This is not one of those books. The story line fell flat, the character development was not what one would hope for, and there were parts that felt completely unrealistic, such as the main character's grief on its way to resolving a mere three months after the death of her husband and son. I could see that happening if you didn't like your husband. But your child? Not gonna happen. Two stars.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This action-packed thriller is filled with some surprisingly true facts. While reading this book I couldn’t help but feel that the author was getting some of the information from current events, so I looked it up. In a way, this book while exciting and hard to put down is sadly informative and tells of the child labor, and even abductions of children, that are used to keep prices low harvesting chocolate in Africa.

The author did an excellent job of describing scenes so vividly that I felt as if
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The murders at the beginning almost stopped me cold, but the payoff is worth the read, and Hall writes really well.
Ray Moon
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Good Quick Read With Minor Problems

When They Come For You opens with Spider Combs sitting in his car spying on the Ross and Harper McDaniel and their infant son, Leo, in their home. Spider exits his car and hurries to the home. Harper, a photographer with an internationally famous photographer mother, is preparing for charity gala. Just before she leaves, Ross, an investigative newspaper reporter, who never discusses his pending articles with Harper, breaks that precedence and tells Harper tha
Hattie E Smith
Save the headache

This book was very difficult to read, but some how I managed to finish it. A woman whose husband and child are murdered because he researching the chocolate industry and the shady dealings of one company. Good idea, however, the story was poorly developed. A mafia grandfather turned hacker; an adopted brother bullied as a child yet still cannot take care of himself; a movie star fathers she didn't know about, and an assassin who fancies himself in love with her; and let us not f
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

My Kindle First pick for August, this was a thriller. I enjoyed the story, Harper McDaniel is a very compelling character- fighting for justice for her husband and young son. I liked the book, but at the end where it hints at another book, I have no interest in continuing this as a series- and that is why I gave it three stars instead of four.
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first James W. Hall novel I have read in quite a while. It is also the start of a new series by him, featuring a strong, courageous and conflicted woman. In this first book, she leaves for work one morning (her husband is at home with their one year old boy) and later in the day, she realizes that her house is on fire and someone has killed the two people she loved most in the world. She does research and has help from others to find out why this happened. Her husband had been workin ...more
Jo Jenner
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story behind this book was so ridiculous that all disbelief had to be suspended and it turned into a bloody good read.
When Harper's husband and son are killed she is at first devastated. Then as the book unfolds we find out that her brother is an international financier, her dead mother a world renowned photographer, her grandfather a mafia don and Harper herself an ex CIA operative.
All this leads her to try and hunt down her husband's killers and leads to a chase through Africa, Zurich and
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the first Thorn novel I thought I could write off James W. Hall. It was just ok and I felt no need to pursue the series further. But when my husband started reading this book, and was staying up late to see what would happen next, I decided I would give James W. Hall another shot. I am so glad I did. James has come a long way as a writer from 1987 to 2017. I guess it goes to show you can't just write someone off based on their early work.

This book had great thriller pacing, interest
Bob Reiss
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is nothing very original about When They Come for You, an international revenge tale that reads like a Hollywood Thriller. This is not a bad thing. Hall peppers this tale with a protagonist worthy of cheering for, an eclectic group of supporting players and some over the top badies, and enough plot and action to keep both sides of your brain intrigued. Narrator Michelle Ferguson handles the tale well, without a lot of bells and whistles. She handles the wide array of voices with workmanlik ...more
Rory Costello
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Hall's way with words is outstanding, and the central concept of corruption in the world of chocolate is very intriguing. Unfortunately, I never warmed to the central character, and even though a sequel that also has a fine central concept has been flagged, I'm not sure that I'll be on board. The villains were quite good, however, and that helped.
Linda Strawn
Somewhat interesting. Could not really get in to the characters. Not a book I could not put down or wait to come back to. Not a complete waste of time. Good action. strong female lead character, good twists. Not planning to read any more in this series or from this author.
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the plot. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going a new layer would form and a new twist showed up. I wish there was more character development of Harper and her family but overall I thought it was a thrilling story.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. A very quick, suspenseful read.
This book started off with great promise! I loved Harper McDaniel's character, she's amazing! Then it got really complicated, like overly complicated and I got bored.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed Mr. Hall's Thorn series and was happy to read this one that introduces a strong, female lead who finds herself relying on her hidden skills to revenge the murder of her son and husband. I found myself immersed in the story line from the very first page and happy with the outcome and the possibilities of more to come from this character.

Another one to add to your to-read list!
Sep 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"When They Come For You" is a thriller by James W. Hall, an award-winning author of mysteries.
But not this one , I fear.
The books begins with Harper McDaniel, a phototographer being stalked by a hired killer. He has infiltrated her life, in fact, even her house, planting cameras and listening devices to track her every move, in preparation for the hit job. He becomes obsessed with her infatuated, in fact.
One night, while at a celebrity soirée she is summoned by her host. Something very bad has
Joey R.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Implausible is an understatement

This book was like Jack Reacher in the hands of a lesser author who requires you to suspend your common sense to get to a very dissatisfying conclusion. Trust me skip this one!
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This action packed thriller seems to be the first in a series featuring photographer and former agent Harper McDaniel.
The plot revolves around the murder of Harper's husband and baby and her plan to find out what happened and ultimatey seek revenge. With the help of her brother Nick and her retired Mafia Grandfather Sal, Harper starts to investigate her late husband's life, in particular the last story he was working on as a journalist and this leads her into some very dark places and into extre
MisterLiberry Head
Apr 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
Suddenly made a widow with a murdered child, photographer Harper McDaniel learns too late that her murdered husband, an investigative journalist in Miami, was working on “an exposé of child slavery, chocolate, and murder” (p88). Avenging the death of her family fills Harper (therapeutically?) with “A resolve she hadn’t felt in ages” (p78) and justifies the globe-trotting action in WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU. The daughter of an Annie Leibovitz-type photographer as well as a CIA-trained practitioner o ...more
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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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