And the Sea Will Tell

And the Sea Will Tell

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by Vincent Bugliosi, Bruce B. Henderson
     
 

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"Grips you by the throat from beginning to end."—Cleveland Plain Dealer
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

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"Grips you by the throat from beginning to end."—Cleveland Plain Dealer
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 successful prosecution of mass murderer Charles Manson in the bestseller Helter Skelter, was able to draw together the hundreds of conflicting details of the mystery and reconstruct what really happened when four people found hell in a tropical paradise. And the Sea Will Tell reconstructs the events and subsequent trial of a riveting true murder mystery, and probes into the dark heart of a serpentine scenario of death.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Succeeds on all accounts . . . refuses to relinquish its grip on our imaginations.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1974, wealthy Californians Mac and Muff Graham sailed to Palmyra Island, 1000 miles south of Hawaii, in their boat the Sea Wind . Buck Walker and Jennifer Jenkins arrived soon after on the same atoll, fleeing drug charges in Hawaii. Several months later, Walker and Jenkins returned to Hawaii in the Sea Wind , claiming that the Grahams were presumed dead when the dinghy in which they had gone fishing was washed ashore unmanned. However, in 1980, vacationers on Palmyra found bones soon identified as those of Muff Graham, who was determined to have been shot. Walker and Jenkins were charged with murder: in separate San Francisco trials, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and she was acquitted. Writing with Henderson ( Empire of Deceit) , Bugliosi ( Helter Skelter ), who served as Jenkins's attorney, offers a case history which could have been a true-crime classic if not for the 250 tedious pages devoted to his client's 23-day trial. Photos not seen by PW. Literary Guild main selection. (Jan.)
Library Journal
As he did in Helter Skelter ( LJ 11/1/74), Bugliosi draws readers into the psyches of the criminally inclined in this minutely detailed chronicle of two couples on a remote Pacific island. To Mac and Muff Graham, Palmyra is Paradise; for Jennifer Jenkins and Buck Walker, it is a good deal less. Tension builds between the couples, and when the Grahams are reported missing, everyone except Bugliosi believes Jenkins and Walker are responsible. Convinced of their innocence, he takes on the unfamiliar role of defense lawyer, using his knowledge of the law and keen insight into human behavior to reveal what really happened to the Grahams. Not as grisly as Helter Skelter , this tale is just as riveting--proving once again that the best stories come right out of newspaper headlines. Recommended for true crime collections. Literary Guild main selection; previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/90.-- Belinda Pugh, Naval Subma rine Base Lib., Kings Bay, Ga.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393327960
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/27/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
93,331
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Vincent Bugliosi (1934—2015), was the prosecutor of Charles Manson and author of Helter Skelter, Outrage, and other #1 best-selling books.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
August 14, 1934
Date of Death:
June 6, 2015
Place of Birth:
Hibbing, MN
Place of Death:
Los Angeles, CA
Education:
University of Miami (1956); UCLA Law School (1964)

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And the Sea Will Tell 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Nik B. More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book at a Goodwill. I was in a hurry, and thought the title was interesting, and read the inside flap. It kept me absolutely glued, and I LOVED it. I had not originally realized it was a true story, and that part saddened me. The pictures included reminded me that this happened to real people :( The first part of the book is more of a story, with a couple from Hawaii sailing to a supposedly deserted island, the boyfriend (Buck) on the run from authorites. They plan to grow marijuana, and sell it to their friends when they brought supplies, eventually earning enough money to get out of court. Another couple from San Diego decide to go to the very same island for adventure. When the two couples collide, they are in for the adventure of their lives. When one couple turns up dead, the other couple is obviously blamed. They say it was those nasty black tip reef sharks, that the dead couples life boat overturned, and the sharks got to them. But the betrayal and verdict will shock all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Vincent's work and this is one of the finest! If you know anything at all about the law, then you'll know that Vincent does it the best. The final summation is just the ultimate!! A very good true crime drama and even the movie was great as well!! :-'
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great account of events. The book begins to drag a little with the in depth courtroom and trial dialogue, but provided unbelievable knowledge of those processes. The telling of the happenings on the island kept me glued. If you enjoyed Helter Skelter you will enjoy this as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had seen this made for tv movie 1st. Then, I had to have the book for more details. It was wonderful. This is a must for any Bugliosi fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book with a lot of factual detail but also great mystery story line.
Gimmeacoke More than 1 year ago
to escape from it all, and running into another couple who beat you to the punch. This story fascinated me. In fact, I have read it twice, and it was just as amazing the second time around. I didn't know people lived like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't believe a single word of what the defendant (Jennifer) says, but Bugliosi's summation is absolute genius. The verdict will blow you away!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book twice and will read it again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story is very intriguing and you continue to wonder what really happened. You just have to tolerate Vincent Bugliosi's constant reference to himself and what a wonderful attorney he is. Otherwise it gives you a whole new meaning of sailing the seas and being on a romantic island
ritt1 More than 1 year ago
Vince is a little full of himself and wordy as usual but the man is also thorough and the story is facinating. Characters are also well drawn. All in All it was a good read. GR
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first 200 pages of this book and learn about this amazing true story. They were very well written and researched. Then the writer who is the lawyer of the accused in this story goes on for 500 pages describing in every boring legal detail how he defended her at trial. I felt this part was more a self promotion, the author telling the world :look how great I am" than acting as a writer. Turned a great story into a very boring reading. Disappointed.
ntrue10 More than 1 year ago
I had never heard about these murders, and I have read more true crime books than I could ever count! It's a 700+ page book, which I really looked forward to. I was also very excited about the fact that Vincent Bugliosi co authored. While I admire his work, I must clue potential readers as to the layout of this book; the first half delves into the story of these two fated couples and their journey to the island of Palmyra...the second half is the trial. I enjoy reading about what happens in the courtroom, though the second half of the book is almost play by play. I will always pick up a book by Mr. Bugliosi, he has a great track record in the court system; if you can handle a lot of horn tooting, you will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Bugliosi's work, and this is one of my favorites. It's a tale of travel and romance, murder and mystery, which also offers informative explanations of legal jargon and processes. Though the book is almost always better, I wish I had seen this t.v. movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have read in years. It hold your attention and is a true crime mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific from beginning to end.
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But the story is interesting