Buzz Cut

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Delacorte Press, 1996 - Fiction - 374 pages
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Critics have called James W. Hall's previous bestsellers "electrifying,""innovative,"and "brilliantly suspenseful." Now Hall brings us his most haunting and relentlessly gripping novel yet--a work that proves why the "San Francisco Chronicle has hailed him as one of the nation's "finest and most literate of thriller writers."
A Florida cruise ship under siege provides the spellbinding backdrop for Hall's latest novel. On board, a mad terrorist is threatening to blow up the ship--and a large part of the Florida coastline as well. The madman, an unforgettable character with a high-tech stun gun and a strange fascination with word etymologies, illustrates why James Ellroy calls Hall's villains "so well drawn and amusing they make you giddy."
Also on board is Thorn, the enigmatic, hard-bitten hero last seen in "Gone Wild, who, along with his friend, Sugerman, must stop the bomber before he redesigns the Southeastern United States. As the novel races toward its explosive conclusion, Hall sets the scene for a nerve-shattering showdown--between the brutal and cunning terrorist and Thorn, who reveals a deeper, darker, more unpredictable side to his personality in this electrifying new novel.
A thriller filled with the author's signatures--vise-tightening suspense, steamy sexuality, hypnotic prose, and off-beat humor--"Buzz Cut exposes the dark underbelly and colorful chaos of James W. Hall's native Florida, as it lays bare the tremendous talents of an American master writing at the peak of his storytelling powers.

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Review: Buzz Cut (Thorn Mystery #5)

User Review  - Nancy - Goodreads

I finished this book because I couldn't figure out where the plot was going, but finishing didn't help. Who was involved in the scam? Did Butler doublecross Lola? What on Earth was wrong with the lot ... Read full review

Review: Buzz Cut (Thorn Mystery #5)

User Review  - Rick - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this - a good, fast moving thriller with a good storyline and excellent characters. This was my first time with a James W. Hall novel but I'll definitely be back for more. Read full review


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James W. Hall was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. After graduating from Eckerd College in Florida and earning additional degrees from John Hopkins University and the University of Utah, He began to write poetry. Among his published books of poetry are The Lady from the Dark Green Hills, The Mating Reflex, and False Statements. Following his successful 20-year career as a poet, he decided it was time to switch gears and try his hand at writing fictional crime novels. He published his first novel, Under Cover of Daylight, in 1987. Since then he has written over 15 novels including the Thorn Mysteries series, Bones of Coral, Hard Aground, Rough Draft, and Forests of the Night. Several of his novels have been optioned for film and he has written screenplays for two of those projects. He is a professor of literature and writing at Florida International University.

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