Mean High Tide (Thorn Series #3)

Mean High Tide (Thorn Series #3)

by James Hall
     
 

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Beneath the still blue waters off  Key Largo a woman dives into a dazzling array of  color. But behind the shimmering schools of fish,  somewhere in the shadows of the reef, a death trap  awaits. In minutes one life will be expertly,  brutally taken, and another plunged into a mean season  of fury,

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Beneath the still blue waters off  Key Largo a woman dives into a dazzling array of  color. But behind the shimmering schools of fish,  somewhere in the shadows of the reef, a death trap  awaits. In minutes one life will be expertly,  brutally taken, and another plunged into a mean season  of fury, obsession, and revenge... His name is  Thorn, his world is mangrove islands, open waters, and  the ghosts of a too-violent past. Darcy Richards  was everything to him. Now, finding her killer is.  Wading into a seething mystery, Thorn is  catapulted into a nightmare of violence and deception.  There lurks a sensual young woman with a hard come-on,  an aging former mobster, and a diabolical ex-CIA  man. What they all have in common is each other's  mad ruthlessness — and a little red fish that will  make some people very rich, and others very  dead...

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Haunting... page-turning... [Hall] delivers  the eerie sexuality, matter-of-fact absurdity,  bizarre characters and convoluted plot that have  become his signatures" — The Miami  Herald.

"An engrossing, spellbinding, and  a truly different work; a thriller with the real  thrills!" — Nelson Demille.

"A  pounding action thriller!" — The  New York Times Book Review.

"Rich atmosphere, wild in action and peppered with  colorful characters, hall nails you to each page  until the suspense-laden climax." — Clive  Cussler.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After a two-book hiatus, Thorn--the quixotic fly-tying Florida Keys protagonist of Under Cover of Daylight and Tropical Freeze --is back with a bang in Hall's fifth thriller. Darcy Richards, the love of Thorn's life and his assistant at best-buddy Sugarman's ragtag security agency, dies in a mysterious diving accident after enigmatically asking Thorn if he's ever heard of red tilapia, the exotic food fish. When he discovers that Darcy was murdered via a paralyzing judo handhold known only to covertly trained assassins, Thorn vows revenge. Following a bullet-dodging introduction to Sylvie, the sociopathic daughter of murderous Harden Winchester, Thorn stumbles across a twisted family tree. Hall ricochets this oddball cast helter-skelter through the sleazy mazes of south Florida's tourist-clotted off-ramps, across the alligator-infested Everglades to posh Naples and beyond. As usual, Hall's Uzi-punctuated prose is compelling. Despite the uncharacteristically bad, comic-opera melodrama of the climactic scene, Hall manages in this quirky, thought-provoking nail-biter to convey with ominous clarity the ecological warning: ``The future is now.'' (Apr.)
Library Journal
The author of best-selling thrillers like Hard Aground (Delacorte, 1993) returns with yet another violent romp through the Florida Keys.
Joe Collins
Like Hall's last few books, this one is set in the seamy Florida Keys; here the brooding hero, Thorn, is out to avenge the murder of his girlfriend, Darcy. While searching for clues, Thorn stumbles on a potential environmental nightmare: someone is breeding a strain of aggressive "superfish," which would multiply at a tremendous rate and endanger the survival of other forms of marine life. With the help of his amiable ex-cop buddy Sugarman, Thorn encounters an array of bizarre characters, not the least of which is Sylvie, a slinky femme fatale who may or may not be a victim of child sexual abuse. Sylvie seduces men she thinks will be a match for her formidable ex-CIA dad, Harden Winchester, who has a hand in the breeding of the superfish. When confronted with a straightforward, no-nonsense character like Thorn, the initially tantalizing Sylvie becomes a bit tiresome, acting the little girl and referring to herself in the third person. Others in this family affair include Sylvie's long-lost mother and former mafioso grandfather; indeed, during his climactic encounter with seemingly invincible Harden (Hall likes to choose meaningful character names: Thorn, Harden, Sugarman, etc.), Thorn discovers all the horrific secrets about the Winchester family. "Mean High Tide" is a terrific ride through the Everglades, with strong (although broadly drawn) characters, an intriguing environmentalist plot, and a chain of events that will keep the reader guessing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440213550
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/1995
Series:
Thorn Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
403
Sales rank:
623,951
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

Nelson De Mille
An engrossing, spellbinding, and truly different work; a thriller with real thrills!
Clive Cussler
Rich in atmosphere, wild in action and peppered with colorful characters, Hall nails you to each page until the suspense-laden climax.

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