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After an almost 20-year publishing hiatus, award-winning young-adult author S. E. Hinton (The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Tex, et al.) has penned her first novel for an adult audience. Hawkes Harbor is a genre-transcending story -- equal parts horror, adventure, and mystery -- about an orphaned boy whose nightmarish experiences lead him to find happiness in the unlikeliest of places.
Jamie Sommers, an orphan at the age of 8, has had an eventful life. Barely in his 20s, Jamie has already sailed around the world several times with his partner in crime, Kellen Quinn -- living the life of a modern-day pirate, smuggling everything from jewels to guns to drugs. After years of living hard and fast, Jamie decides to find a quiet coastal town where he can settle down. Fate lands him in the quiet community of Hawkes Harbor on the Delaware coast, an "uncanny" town brimming with legends of hidden pirate treasure, haunted houses, and undead spirits. While searching for treasure in one of the many caves on Hawkes Island, Jamie stumbles across an old coffin secured shut with heavy chains. Thinking the casket contains gold trinkets, Jamie removes the chains -- and comes face to face with a creature that will drive him to the brink of insanity.
Grown-up fans of Hinton's previous works should enjoy this dark and strangely moving story, especially the incredibly complex protagonist, Jamie Sommers -- who is comparable in many ways to Ponyboy Curtis from The Outsiders. Like Hinton's other novels, Hawkes Harbor is fast paced, intensely emotional, and thought provoking. Paul Goat Allen