Mean High Tide (Thorn Series #3)

Mean High Tide (Thorn Series #3)

by James W. Hall
     
 

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James W. Hall, the nationally best-selling author of Hard Aground and Bones of Coral, plunges deeper into the clear blue waters and wild terrain of southern Florida in an explosive new novel. By turns hard-bitten, raw, romantic, darkly comic, and lyrical, Mean High Tide is at once a taut, intricate thriller and an intensely human story in which parents and children,… See more details below

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James W. Hall, the nationally best-selling author of Hard Aground and Bones of Coral, plunges deeper into the clear blue waters and wild terrain of southern Florida in an explosive new novel. By turns hard-bitten, raw, romantic, darkly comic, and lyrical, Mean High Tide is at once a taut, intricate thriller and an intensely human story in which parents and children, love and revenge, obsession and madness converge and tragically collide. Mean High Tide brings back Thorn, the dark, brooding hero of Tropical Freeze and Under Cover of Daylight. Now Thorn finds himself shaken out of his still house and into a chaotic world by an event so shattering that no part of his life is left untouched. A loner who ties lures for a subsistence income and fishes the coastal shallows, Thorn resides in harmony with the delicate ecosystem of sea and shore around him, and shares his life with the beautiful former TV careerwoman Darcy Richards. During his two years with Darcy, Thorn has found a contentment his violent past never before allowed him. Then her brutal murder rips it all away. In the skewed moral climate of the Keys, Thorn attempts to salvage his sanity and a raison d'etre by tracking down her killer. But reminiscent of the great film noir Chinatown, Thorn's investigation of a single violent act plunges him into a greater darkness, and in it lurks a mysterious young woman - Sylvie, at once androgynous and earthy, innocent and carnal. Her plea for help soon has Thorn unravelling a skein of wider corruption, hidden crimes, and shocking secrets between husbands and wives, between fathers and daughters. Mean High Tide is James Hall's most astonishing work yet, a novel that lays bare the extraordinary gifts of a master of his craft, a reading experience that you will not soon forget.

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Editorial Reviews

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.
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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553472653
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1994
Series:
Thorn Series, #3
Edition description:
Abridged

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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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