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And the Sea Will Tell

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  6,259 Ratings  ·  307 Reviews
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 puzzling true-crime story.

Only Vincent Bugliosi, who recounted his su
Paperback, 729 pages
Published April 17th 2006 by W. W. Norton Company (first published January 1st 1991)
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Sep 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: truecrime
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.
Oct 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
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
J.H. Moncrieff
Sep 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I was so looking forward to reading this book. It's about the Palmyra murder case, which I'm extremely interested in, and it was written by Vincent Bugliosi, who became one of my all-time favourite writers after I read Helter Skelter, which was brilliant.

Sadly, this book is not brilliant.

The first part was really interesting, as it starts before Mac and Mutt Graham and Buck and Jennifer head to the supposedly deserted island. I found the details of their lives on the island fascinating.

Feb 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Winter Sophia Rose
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Riveting Intense, Heart Pounding, Tragic, Haunting, Mesmerizing & Creepy! A Chilling Read! I Loved It!
Jim Thomsen
Sep 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
William Tatsch
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: true-crime
This is a dichotomy of a book; the first half (presumably written by the second author) is enjoyable and everything you could want in a true crime book - if only he could have written the whole book. The second half of the book was a trudge to read; The trial sequence part of the book is usually one of my favorites, but I found I had to make myself read it here.

I think the biggest problem with this book arises out of my expectations going in, which I concede may not be a fair way to judge the b
Absolutely riveting true legal drama! But be warned, unless you're excited by the courtroom proceedings and the chess play that happens between defence and prosecution, you might find most of the book tedious and slow. The first 1/3 of it is an intriguing reenactment of the events leading up to the tragedy, and the other 2/3 is pretty much a court transcript. True, Mr. Bugliosi can be a little full of himself, but he built an incredible defence case, and managed to hit almost any curveball flyin ...more
Jul 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Sandi Lee
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
In 1974 I was pregnant with my second child and living in the very small and remote village of Puako on the big island of Hawaii. While visiting my best friend and neighbor, Gerri, there was a frantic knocking on her door. The woman standing on the porch said she needed to use the phone and that it was a dire emergency. We could see a large yacht anchored offshore and a dinghy beached on the primitive landing that local fishermen used to launch their skiffs. We asked if that was her boat and she ...more
Tiger Gray
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
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Feb 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Bodosika Bodosika
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal-thrillers
This was a Tragedy but Bugliosi through his narrative and legal drama made it an interesting piece..... 4star
Bonnie Murray
Dec 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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!!
Kim Condas
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
The first 150 pages of this book are amazing. The long court so much. I've also admired Bugliosi since reading Helter Skelter. He writes great crime.
Jul 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Incredible read. Couldn't put it down.
Anne Province
Jun 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I've read this one before. Bone chilling. Can't put down true story of murder on the high seas.
Deb Jones
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Whoa, the this book is a thorough recounting of a crime, from the background of the main players in the murder -- both victims and alleged killers -- written by the female defendant's defense attorney. Vincent Bugliosi, who achieved his initial fame as the prosecutor of Charles Manson and his followers, treats the reader to an in-depth examination of the circumstances of the crime, Bugliosi's office investigation into the details and the subsequent trial.

This is true-crime written in a factual a
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I've ever read a 700+ page book this quickly. Perhaps not a good choice for a reader who is looking for a "casual" true crime story, "And the Sea Will Tell" exhibits all of Bugliosi's trademark common sense, ethical decision-making, and exhaustive preparation and investigation at length. This case is the sad tale of a couple murdered on the mysterious Palmyra Atoll, a haunted location if I've ever heard of one. It's frustrating to either condemn or exonerate a defendant or suspect ...more
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rebecca by: Samantha
Shelves: books-i-own
I read and loved Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders and Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away with Murder, so even though I'd been warned that this one wasn't nearly as good, I decided to give it a shot. Bugliosi has his problems, no doubt, his overweening ego being chief among them. He has one of the biggest heads I've seen in law (and as a lawyer myself, I've seen some that could rival the Goodyear blimp), but at least he's put in the hours to earn the rep. So I ...more
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
I just finished the thrilling 'experience' of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" and now realize that "And The Seat Will Tell", and many other true crime books I've read, owe their very existence to Capote's masterpiece. Not only did I feel that Bugliosi was unable to 'prove' his case within "And the Sea Will Tell', but it all simply plays out as Capote's invented blueprint for this genre.
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Kent Horner
Apr 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
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
Patricia Ibarra
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: local-history
Not to be missed. This is a fascinating case even though at times I thought the book was never going to end. This is a dreadful case of murder and, I guess, piracy. In this one we have Bugliosi in the role of the defense attorney, trying to establish for the jury that his client was totally unaware of the murder of her friends and had no part in it, despite the fact that her boyfriend was the killer and that all parties involved were living on a tiny Pacific atoll in plain sight of each other. T ...more
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